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A 40 something dad of five and a half wonderful kids with amazingly different traits and temperament from whom he wants a break from at times, yet wish they never grow older.....and be with him always.....(howzat possible?)and now wishing that he can be a stay at home dad......

08 December, 2007

Ayat-ayat Cinta

This book came highly recommended by a friend...Went a few times to MPH thereafter only to find that they were all sold out. That heightened my curiosity even more! Finally made my purchase during the month of Ramadhan this year. I started reading the first four chapters and abandoned it as there were other pressing agenda for me. Khadijah finished it within a day!
I resumed reading two days ago, and made good progress today by finishing the second half of the book. I just couldn't put it down (wifey's comment was "Better finish the book soon so that you can concentrate on me more...!" LOL).

I have not read a malay novel for as long as I can remember.Well this one technically is an Indonesian novel but translated to Malay. It received rave reviews and won the Most Favourite Book award in 2005 (in Indonesia)! The underlying theme is of course love - but it covers wide ranging topics of love - God, neighbours, family, friends, teachers etc etc.....religious tolerance and interlaced with abundant of Quranic verses and Hadiths. Go buy it....The last few pages were heart-wrenching...And i shed some tears for fear of God...!

The movie will be out soon, but don't know when.....Meanwhile enjoy this trailer! Thanks Ahmad for recommending! Ya...I left it abandoned for some time!


Mior Azhar said...

Now I have to go out and get this book. I saw my nephew reading it a couple of months ago... and I was teasing him for being so er.. skema. But now that you have mention it... must get one lah.

Pato & Pearl said...

We just bought some books at Kinokuniya just now...after reading this post...its stuck in Pearl's books to get..hahaha

Trailers looks interesting..Macam lagu from Melly Goeslaw..sounds like her...

Will hunt for the book..

thanks for adding to my list.. ;)


Dad of 4+1 said...

Mior - Enjoy reading it....Jgan sampai nephew kata you skema pulak! LOL

P&P - Not sure about the composer but the singer is apparently Rossa. Enjoy the read!

mumsie said...

been reading malay love stories before i left after danielle steele became too predictable - you don't know who DS is, ask Yani - if she also doesn't know...welll...Actually banyak good malay authors out there. Will resume reading buku citer melayu lah lepas baca your review ni...i'll start with this one then!!

ruby ahmad said...

Gosh! DO4+1, The trailer looked like it is rather violent and so emotional. Duh! Dunno if I can stomach it though. Hmm..I want easy movies like 'CINTA'..ha ha.

ms hart said...


Ha-aaa laaa...tajuk dia tu ala-ala seram bulu roma aje!! he he...ok, ok nanti pergi book store kena cari lah. Tq for sharing!

nafastari said...

Hah, kan!!! I told you... hehe.
Now I'm reading Faisal Tehrani Tuhan Manusia. He writes good stories also, quite Islamic too.

I'm buying Faisal's Bila Tuhan Berbicara & Advencer Si Peniup Ney after this. Actually recommended by my fiance.

Dad of 4+1 said...

Mumsie - Welcome back to Malaysia! Who doesn't know DS....all the girls were reading it during college...LOL

Ruby - It's a very emotional book....and some violence Definitely it's not CINTA. I enjoyed that one too!

Ms Hart - Tajuk dia mengerikan..yes but this book has a lot of twists.

Ahmad - My man! Thank you for recommending!

Xis said...

hmm... I gotta find one for myself.. but don't know whether I could finish reading it... I got a few books which I have yet to finish it... :)

aida said...

if you enjoyed Ayat-ayat Cinta, maybe you can try another of HES book which is selling like hot cakes in Indonesia (sold out first day published); Ketika Cinta Bertasbih 1 & 2 (Dwilogi Pembangunan Jiwa)

for short novelet, try Pudarnya Pesona Cleopatra

Anonymous said...

Hello there,

I speak English, and several other languages, but unfortunately I don't know Indonesian.

I've read really good reviews about this book, but unforunately I can't find any information on whether it has has been translated into English or not ?

Would you happen to have any idea ? Thank You.

A., Canada

Desert Rose said...

just finihed reading it 2 days ago. Seen it before kat Jakarta Airport Last Year tp tak sempat beli, before it was made a movie la. But after that Melly Goeslaw song and after watching d movie gedik2 cari kat MPH, like u said worth reading. I cied all d way (ok lah since I am a woman kan)ha ha. Very good book indeed cant wait for his new book. Really menimbulkan keinsafan and alangkah baiknya jika suamiku terchenta nak baca, like u. At least boleh pick up something be a little bit like 'Fahri'......(sigh) (gEMPA bUMI LA mALAYSIA if he readz Novel)

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