Grass for His Pillow – Lian Hearn

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

“It was as hot as ever, even the turn of the moon bringing no relief, and the cries of cicadas fell like showers around me.”

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Review in English:

Hi hi! Back with me again for the second book of Otori Trilogy!

Have you read the first one? Yes, the story is not over yet!

As for this second book, it will reveal even deeper on Japanese culture, and (pardon me) especially the downside of the culture. Grass for His Pillow is so full of sorrow, and painful love. Yet it teaches you a lot in how to truly love someone (seriously, though).

In this sequel, don’t expect a lot of Kaede (you must know her by now, right?) and Takeo’s intimacy stuff, no, on the contrary, most of the story are spent by them being separated. Personally though, I learned a lot and it gave me an understanding of real, yet true love. However, please expect a plot speed draw backs, because the story is now focusing more on each journey of Takeo’s and Kaede’s, and I personally think that the writer was trying to build up the desperation that the characters feel to readers. So in a way, you OUGHT to be desperate in reading the story. Haha!

Well, here is the preview:

Takeo and Kaede are forced to separate due to their roles in their clans. This time, they are trying to obey the clan’s will and follow the order. Takeo is being trained by Tribe, while Kaede finally coming home to his father. There, tortured by their surroundings and unfulfilled longing of meeting each other, they learn to be mature, facing the reality and the demand of the world around them.

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Resensi dalam Bahasa Indonesia:

Hai haiii!

Sekarang giliran buku kedua dari Trilogi Otori!

Jadi sudah pada baca belum buku pertamanya? Grass for His Pillow ini lanjutannya, dan duh, ga bisa ga dibaca!

Jadi di buku kedua ini, budaya Jepang akan dikupas lebih dalam lagi, terutama sisi gelapnya. Buku ini kental dengan kesedihan, dan cinta yang sulit. Tapi, merupakan contoh yang baik untuk cinta yang nyata dan murni.

Di buku lanjutannya ini, jangan berekspektasi akan banyak cerita tentang keindahan cintanya Takeo dan Kaede (bbaca dulu buku pertamanya ya). Kebalikannya, cerita ini adalah tentang mereka yang terpisah. Positifnya menurutku, cerita ini mengajarkan banyak tentang cinta yang sebenarnya (cie). Nah, jangan heran kalau alur ceritanya jadi sedikit melambat, karena ceritanya yang fokus pada perjalanan masing-masing Takeo dan Kaede. Kemungkinan di sini penulis mencoba membangun suasana sedih dan nelangsa yang dirasakan tokoh-tokohnya sehingga dirasakan juga oleh pembaca. Haha!

OK, ini dia sedikit cuplikannya:

Setelah waktu sesaat yang dilalui bersama, Takeo dan Kaede harus berpisah untuk menjalankan perannya di klan masing-masing. Kali ini, mereka menyadari kelemahan dan tanggung jawab mereka, dan mengikuti perintah klan. Takeo dilatih oleh Tribe untuk mempertajam ilmunya, sedangkan Kaede akhirnya pulang menemui ayahnya dan tanggung jawabnya. Dalam jangka waktu lama, mereka tersiksa oleh orang-orang dan situasi yang tidak pernah mendukung kemauan mereka, dan juga tersiksa oleh pergolakan batin masing-masing untuk bertemu pasangannya. Namun di balik semua itu, baik Takeo maupun Kaede belajar menjadi dewasa, dan menghadapi dunia nyata dan tuntutannya.

 

 

 

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