Zaril Ikhwan bin Zahari. The moment I wrote this name as my Facebook status, I expected results. Sad to say, I received none. It was not as glamorous as Muhammad Seth Tan from Kasih Yang Suci a.k.a Nora Elena.
I couldn't blame anyone for it. It was fair. There were too many Malay novels in the market, so people have more to choose. I was not a Malay novel reader myself and considering that I had frustration with several books I read before this, it was fair for me to stop reading Malay books.
But I gave my last shot. I needed a book with more research, something which could teach me something. Something which I could read during my 140km journey to work! And...definitely a book with less embarrassing title! I was not a sentimental type, therefore reading a sentimental book would definitely make me a laughingstock:)
Surprisingly, despite a negative remarks on the title (well, my friends did laughed about the "jiwang" Aku Yang Kau Tinggalkan), I just couldn't be bothered. I liked the fact that most of the stuff I read from the book was logical. I loved the part when Italy was not just a story but facts that I should read.
And I was impressed with the part that when the characters were not necessarily have to be rich, handsome and smart. I mean, I hated cliches. And this book showed me different views, from the rich-and-famous views to the "unwanted ones" views. I loved the fact that similarities did not portrait a good relationship. Macam Melayu selalu sebut, "engkau enggang...aku pipit..." This was not the case at all!!!
And Zaril Ikhwan was not perfect! Yes, I loved this. I loved the part when he made wrong decisions as well. My first impression was not being met at all, and I loved the surprises the author had created for a reader like me. A hero without flaws was what I expected but I had been given a surprise in a gold platter:)
The only part which could be improved was the ending. It was too easy, too much of conversation and less action. I would love to highlight this since I believe that if we transform this book into a sequel or a movie like the other novels, then the ending will be too boring. When the other parts have been written beautifully, this part should be the most crucial one.
I think this should be it for now. (sorry Ms. Author, the comment is in English because I'm posting this review in my blog!) I trust there will be more creative and beautiful work from you in the future.
And I sincerely hope that Zaril Ikhwan will beat Mr. Muhammad Seth Tan one day:)