Noted: Monsoon Tiger and Other Stories by Rain Chudori

There’s a kind of fierceness to how animals love. Do they? I’m sure they do, they must. In the natural world, there is no room for contemplation — it is only survival. But come to think of it, that primal instinct might make animals love better than we do. No requisites, conditions. No, I am not undermining the fact that survival in the human world involves a lot more. Yet this insight lets us drop everything and relish in the love’s raw quality. Below are wonderful words by Indonesia’s own Rain Chudori in her compilation of “Monsoon Tiger and Other Stories”. Click to read more. Tigers show their love differently than humans do.

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Pulling at your heart – “A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara

I wish I had that edition. Anyways. It was a walk in the woods, a punch in the gut. It is the book of 2015, all 800 pages of it. Events in this book happens over the course of decades, where four friends started off in New York City as graduates. But really, it is about how their lives revolve around the one beautiful and troubled, Jude St. Francis. Throughout my years of reading so many books, he is a character that represents how some things in life cannot be fully erased. Despite having a limp, Jude is smart, inquisitive, and ended up being a well-respected litigator in the city…and yet, he is also a cutter. His three friends Willem, Malcolm and J.B love him, but they know, they know […]

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Moby Dick

I have recently read a book that has often been avoided because of how heavy it is, and because of that, people stray away from it. I must admit that the use of a dictionary to read this was mandatory and very rare for me to do because Herman Melville’s vocabulary or diction was just so rich. Do you know which classic I’m talking about now? Yes, Moby Dick. With one of the most well-known and staggering first lines in literature “Call me Ishmael”, it definitely has gone to my heart. The story is about Ishmael who one day decided that he was going to learn the art of whaling, went with his cuddle buddy Queequeq on Captain Ahab’s Pequod ship. Ahab’s mission? To avenge the white whale that took one of his […]

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