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Lucu... Ini buku acuan ut kamu yg dlm urusan jodoh masuk kategori "sangat selektif" alias "pemilih"... kata sobatku yg masih single sampe skarang: "aku gk mw kayak milih kucing dalam karung" or other statement: "aku gk mw nikah ma org yg gk punya otak krn gk kenal dia n nyesel at the end krn salah pilih"... bener banget judulnya : Marriagable, Gue mau Nikah asal.... intinya mw nikah dengan syarat seabrek-abrek... nah ternyata buku ini ngajarin gk mesti pacaran bertahun-tahun hingga akhirnya yakin klo dia emang soulmatemu... sometimes, to find your soulmates, you should take some risks... weleh ...weleh... ^_^
I remember picking up this book in my high school library to glance at during a free period and becoming completely engrossed in it. The language, the honest take on Fitzgerald, the frank descriptions of his writing process - this is wonderful Hemingway. I got the itch to re-read this one after just re-reading "The Sun Also Rises" and I'm so glad I did. As usual, Hemingway's language is spare, but if feels much more personal than in his novels and stories. His inclusion of strange, unexplained details, which strike a reader as unnecessary in his novels, here include family nicknames and his own unexpressed reactions to the peculiarities of his artist friends. His insecurities about his published stories and his slightly superstitious writing habits are a charming change from his usual bluster. This Hemingway seems a nicer person than the one I know from "Farewell to Arms." Still, he's imperfect - the book ends on a note of infidelity, which I know must be coming, but I never expect. The book has very quotable passages, which I wish I'd marked, and tempts me to continue my Hemingway re-reading habit.
Funny. Emily is a fun and very down to earth author.
3.5 stars. In parts the wrong kind of slow-moving, but the characters stuck with me in a quiet way. I do not know how accurately this book describes this particular bit of Saudi culture, which some reviewers have commented on, but the life of Nayir himself is vivid and fascinating. A large theme is the gender division in Saudi Arabia, and it makes me sad what a complete mystery women are to Nayir and how much of a hole that seems to be in a life. Since as of late I've been pondering the whole question of co-ed platonic friendship in my own context, it was really interesting to get a glimpse into this one man's world where the cultural reaction to this question is so extreme. In my opinion, creating such distinct other-ness does a grave disservice to the human experience.