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Penulis: Nancy Pearl

Penerbit: Sasquatch Books (2003)

Tebal: 287 halaman

I’ve begun many books, put them down unfinished, then returned a month or two, or years, later and ended up loving them.

I read and marvel over how writers use language in ways I never thought of. I read for company, and for escape

Apa menariknya membaca buku tentang buku-buku favorit seseorang, yang bukan selebritas, bukan tokoh politik, bahkan baru kali ini saya dengar namanya? Di salah satu halaman, Nancy Pearl mengemukakan bahwa para kutu buku sangat suka menelusuri bacaan yang berbau buku pula, termasuk sesama hobiis baca. Dan jelas, keasyikan buku ini adalah ketidakmungkinan penerbitannya (dari segi pasar, tentu) di Indonesia. Karena sifatnya bisa berubah seiring masa, dan konsumennya pun spesifik sekali, “mustahil” mendapati buku semacam ini ditulis pengarang Indonesia. Paling-paling di blog saja.

Berikut nukilan-nukilannya:

Dysfunctional families, for better or worse, provide the plots for a great many well-written, interesting works of fiction.

“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” (Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy)

Despite the fact that they are difficult to do well, epistolary novels have a long and respected history.

When many people think about Chinese literature, Pearl Buck is the first name that comes to mind.

Sometimes the death of a parent can bring children together, for better or for worse, as in J. Robert Lennon’s The Funnies.

Probably the best author with whom to begin reading African literature is Chinua Achebe

Bahkan ada genre Ghost Stories, dengan pembukaan yang membuat saya tersadar mengapa (barangkali) banyak orang enggan membaca kisah horor. Nancy Pearl mengatakan,

In general, I am not a fan of horror fiction. I find real life sufficiently
 scary, so the thought of adding the supernatural to the mix is enough
 to send me, quaking with fear, to my bed with my head under a pillow.

Membaca buku ini, tak urung saya sebentar-sebentar berhenti sebelum berpikir, karena banyaknya yang saya belum baca meski sudah punya. Seperti ketika mendapati,

Some of the classic girls-coming-of-age novels include Betty Smith’s A
 Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird…

Dari subtema ini pun saya baru tahu, The Bell Jar-nya Sylvia Plath termasuk girls coming of age.

Selain menyebut judul-judul yang bukan terbitan baru tapi belum pernah saya dengar, sisi personal Nancy Pearl terkait buku tetap seru untuk ditelusuri. Khusus subtema misteri, misalnya, relatif lebih panjang diuraikan dibanding yang lain. Memang jika bertemu sesuatu yang familier, saya jadi senyum-senyum. Contohnya di halaman 124, mengenai Intriguing Novels:

I always recommend Rudyard Kipling’s Kim to people who (a) love India,
 (b) think they dislike Kipling because of his political views; he’s seen as a
 racist and strong supporter of the British empire, (c) think Kipling is just for
 kids, and (d) want to read a good adventure yarn. I find myself rereading it
 every two or three years.

Kejutan lainnya, Pearl juga membaca buku-buku tentang Islam. Sesuai dugaan, karya Karen Armstrong-lah yang disebut pertama kali. Selebihnya buku-buku perjalanan, kebanyakan memotret Afghanistan.

Pearl menguraikan definisi genre magic realism:

Science-fiction writer Gene Wolfe believes that “magical realism is fantasy written
in Spanish,” but we might
 add that it is usually fantasy without any of the magic folk (elves, witches,
 ores) that are regularly present in fantasy novels, magical realism is, rather,
 more a style of writing that allows authors to look at our own world
 through the lens of another world, an imagined yet very familiar one in
 which past, present, and future are often intertwined.

Subtema atau genre dipecah penulis secara “suka-suka” sehingga membentuk subjudul yang mengesankan. Dari sini pula saya menemukan tema Ecofiction:

I’m using the term ecofiction here to describe novels whose theme is
 the interconnectedness between humans and the natural world and the
 attendant dangers we face should that connection be severed through
 the continued degradation or destruction of the environment and our natural
 resources.

Kalau begitu, seri fantasi Eagle & Jaguar-nya Isabel Allende juga termasuk, dong:D

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Ngeblog bukan "guilty pleasure". Blog-lah rumah, sedangkan jejaring sosial hanya pos ronda.

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