Category Archives: Book Reviews

Small Great Things

This book deserves a five-star rating. It is a powerful story about an issue many choose to ignore — racism — the prejudice, the bias, the privelege.

The story is told through three narrators — Ruth Jefferson, Turk Bauer and Kennedy McQuarrie.

Ruth was an African American, who graduated from a prestigious university, and had twenty years experience as a nurse. Her mother, who worked as maid at the home of an affluent white family, wanted her to have a better life and made sure Ruth got the best education. All her life, Ruth worked hard and tried to blend in. She wanted to be acknowledged for more than just her skin colour.

Turk and his wife, Brittany, were white supremacists. When Brittany delivered their baby, Davis, Ruth was assigned to care for Davis. Turk and Brittany were horrified that a black woman was touching their baby. Turk told Ruth’s boss in no uncertain term that he did not want any African American to be involved in the care of Davis.

When Davis suddenly stopped breathing, Ruth was part of the team that tried to resuscitate him. Davis died and the scapegoat blamed for his death was Ruth — the nurse Turk forbade from touching his baby. Turk and Brittany were determined to avenge their baby’s death, and thus, began Ruth’s nightmare.

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Surat-surat untuk Najib

Buku ini adalah himpunan surat dan cerita pendek yang ditujukan kepada mantan Perdana Menteri, Dato’ Sri Najib Razak. Surat dan kisah ditulis mengenai kehidupan rakyat marhean semasa di bawah pimpinan beliau.

Antara yang menarik adalah surat dari masa depan yang menceritakan zaman gelap yang sedang dilalui negara akibat keputusan yang dibuat DSN. Penulis dari masa depan itu merayu agar DSN mengubah gaya kepimpinannya agar harga kesilapannya tidak dibayar oleh generasi akan datang.

Meski pun DSN tidak lagi menerajui negara, buku ini masih menarik untuk dibaca. Tidak ramai yang menguasai seni sindiran halus yang menusuk kalbu.

The Child Bride

14-year old Zeena told her teacher that she wanted to be placed in foster care because she was being abused at home, and insisted that she is placed with a white carer.

When she arrived at Cathy’s home, Cathy saw a sweet, pretty and scared young girl. Zeena was so vulnerable and afraid that she refused to talk about what had happened and who abused her.

Cathy knew that she had to give Zeena time and space in order to gain her trust so that Zeena would confide in her. When Zeena finally broke down and told Cathy about the abuse she had to endure, the horror was beyond her (and my) imagination.

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Cerpen-cerpen Bangsa Patani

Isma Ae Mohamad berasal dari Patani dan mendapat pendidikan di Malaysia. Beliau menulis kisah rakyat yang tertindas di wilayah bergolak selatan Thailand. Himpunan cerpen dalam buku ini ditulis berdasarkan pengalaman hidupnya.

Melayu Patani dan Melayu Malaysia adalah serumpun. Percaturan British yang mencipta sempadan antara dua kelompok Melayu ini berlaku tanpa pengetahuan raja-raja Melayu pada tahun 1909. Pun begitu, sempadan antarabangsa ini gagal memisahkan dua kelompok yang terikat oleh hubungan kekeluargaan dan sejarah.

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Tombiruo — Penunggu Rimba

Jalan cerita dalam novel ini sangat berbeza daripada filemnya. Penceritaan dalam filem jauh lebih dramatik.

Dalam novel, Wan Suraya adalah watak utama, tidak seperti dalam filem yang ia adalah watak sampingan. Di Kuala Lumpur, Wan Suraya melaporkan kes seorang perogol bersiri dan pembunuh yang telah disabitkan kesalahan oleh juri dan hakim menjatuhkan hukuman bunuh ke atas pesalah. Jelas sekali penulis tidak tahu bahawa sistem kehakiman di Malaysia tidak menggunakan sistem juri.

Wan Suraya diberi kebenaran menemubual pesalah sebelum hukuman dijalankan. Apa yang pesalah katakan kepadanya meyakinkan Wan Suraya bahawa yang dihukum itu bukan penjenayah sebenar.

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Injustice: The Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five

 

I don’t think I can write a review that is better than what the author himself explains. So watch the videos below.

You can get this book from this store or that store.

Miko Peled’s first book is “The General’s Son“.

Night School

Jack Reacher was awarded a medal for a successful mission and was sent back to school to learn about inter-agency cooperation. Not exactly a dream assignment, especially after such a successful mission. But then again, being a soldier is all about following orders.

Reacher reported to the school. In the class room was White (a CIA agent) and Waterman (an FBI agent). It was just the three of them, and they quickly figured out that they weren’t sent back to school. What ever mission they were going to be assigned to is something the top brass didn’t want anyone else knowing about.

Alfred Ratcliff (the National Security Advisor) and his senior deputy, Dr Marian Sinclair, walked in and declared, “This is not a school”.

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