Aroma Karsa – Dewi Lestari (Dee)

Rating: 4.0 out of 5

“Asmara. Tidak bisa dipahami, cuma bisa dirasakan akibatnya.”

Aroma Karsa (3)

Review in English:

Dewi Lestari is back with another groundbreaking piece.

I was so happy when I heard of this book. The last book of Dee that I read was not as good as I hoped, thus I was so afraid of reading this one.

But she is officially back!

This one is definitely mind-blowing. It has all the elements that we always love from Dee’s books. The details, the unique topic, the plot-twist, and one of my favorite highlight, the traditional background story. I can feel Indonesia from her story, the values, the legend that she put, makes me miss my country even more. Her writing style mesmerizing as always, and it makes me fall in love with it all over again.

If you know or have read Perfume, I really recommend you to read this one. The senses that Dee portrays really detail and taking your imagination up high, allowing you to wonder and imagine how does it really is in the story. However, I do feel Dee has some problem in maintaining a long story, I can find some part that is a bit shaky. Just a tiny bit.

The brilliant part is, though, how she awoken the ancient story of Indonesia, twist it and bring it to modern-fantasy kind of thing. It’s indeed brilliant. I am not sure if they had translated the book to English though, since it’s pretty new. Anyway, here’s a sneak peek!

After finding an old papyrus, Raras Prayagung gained a new knowledge about Puspa Karsa, the tale she had known, that it is a real plant hidden in a secret place. Her obsession grew, to find a magic flower whom to be said could control other people and could only be identified through smell. Then she met Jati Wesi. A man growing up at TPA Bantar Gebang, the biggest landfill in Indonesia. He has heightened sense of smell, and his favorite work is making perfumes. This particular skill catches Raras’ eyes. Not only employing him to her company, Raras also invites him in to her private life, including introducing him to her only child, Tanaya Suma, who has same ability as him. The more he got involved with this family, the more secret he finds, about him and his unknown past.

Aroma Karsa

Resensi dalam Bahasa Indonesia:

Setelah absen beberapa lama, Dewi Lestari kembali lagi dengan cerita yang luar biasa!

Waktu pertama mendengar tentang buku ini, aku super bahagia, tapi juga takut. Buku Dee yang terakhir tidak sebagus ekspektasiku, jadi rasanya agak deg-deg an sewaktu membaca buku yang ini.

Tapi ternyata Dee tetaplah cemerlang!

Ceritanya sangat memukau. Semua aspek yang selalu disukai pembaca dari seorang Dewi Lestari ada. Plot cerita, detail-detailnya, topik unik yang diangkat, dan tentunya aspek favoritku, cara Dee mengolah cerita tradisional Indonesia dalam novelnya. Ia mampu mempertahankan nilai dan cerita tradisional Indonesia, namun mengemasnya dengan cerdas sehingga cocok dengan perkembangan zaman. Gaya penulisannya tetap cantik seperti biasa, dan aku jatuh cinta lagi dengan ceritanya.

Ini novel pertama Indonesia yang mengangkat topik tentang indera penciuman, dan Dee menceritakannya dengan begitu detil dan menggugah, membuat pembaca dengan mudahnya mampu membayangkan bau yang dideskripsikan oleh Dee. Memang sempat sedikit terpikir dan terasa bahwa Dee terkadang ‘goyang’ untuk novel yang tebal, ada beberapa bagian yang terasa ‘gamang’, namun selalu kembali on track.

Ok, berikut sinopsisnya!

Dari sebuah lontar kuno, Raras Prayagung mengetahui bahwa Puspa Karsa yang dikenalnya sebagai dongeng, ternyata tanaman sungguhan yang tersembunyi di tempat rahasia. Obsesi Raras memburu Puspa Karsa, bunga sakti yang konon mampu mengendalikan kehendak dan cuma bisa diidentifikasi melalui aroma, mempertemukannya dengan Jati Wesi.

Jati memiliki penciuman luar biasa. Di TPA Bantar Gebang, tempatny tumbuh besar, ia dijuluki si Hidung Tikus. Dari berbagai pekerjaan yang dilakoninya untuk bertahan hidup, satu yang paling Jati banggakan, yakni meracik parfum. Kemampuan Jati memikat Raras. Bukan hanya mempekerjakan Jati di perusahaannya, Raras ikut mengundang Jati masuk ke dalam kehidupan pribadinya. Bertemulah Jati dengan Tanaya Suma, anak tunggal Raras, yang memiliki kemampuan serupa denngannya. Semakin jauh Jati terlibat dengan keluarga Prayagung dan Puspa Karsa, semakin banyak misteri yang ia temukan, tentang dirinya dan masa lalu yang tak pernah ia tahu.

 

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