In A Strange Room


A haunting travelogue that is beautifully written by Damon Galgut. It's shortlisted for 2010 Man Booker Prize for fiction. A story about a guy, Damon (name after the author) who travels along Greece, India and Africa. You will find 3 different interesting stories. He meets many people along the journey, a handsome guy with unique character in Greece, clumsy backpackers in Africa and a woman who is struggling hard with her life in India. He travels with those guys and builds relationship with them. Unfortunately all the journeys end up as disasters.

The combination of these three journeys at last change Damon's life. A life of a guy who is still searching for love and a place called home.

The author is a real masterpiece in describing people feeling. The despair, dissapointment, anger, and all gloomy feeling are conveyed in a very detail way. I can feel it. This is actually a 'dark' book but a beautiful one. It will haunt you for days. One of the best book in 2011.

Already translated by PT Elex Media Computindo in 2010. A must read book.

8 comments:

ferina April 19, 2011 at 9:19 AM  

*segera cari di gramedia*

riana April 19, 2011 at 6:24 PM  

Fer, buku ini 'gelap' banget loh, kayaknya bukan buku kamu banget *sok akrab* hehe..

Kalau lagi bad mood or sedih, aku nggak sarankan kamu baca buku ini, tapi kalau mau cari buku yg 'beda' boleh coba baca buku ini.

ferina April 20, 2011 at 9:01 AM  

waduh... aku paling males baca buku yang bikin depresi :)

*berpikir lagi*

Tjut Riana April 20, 2011 at 2:43 PM  

@ferina: Nah..kan, buku ini bukan kamu banget, lebih baik cari buku lain, yg lebih ceria :p

felis catus July 7, 2011 at 2:55 AM  

One of my favorite writer, will read this book soon. Have you read his other book?

riana July 7, 2011 at 7:08 PM  

@felis: not yet, is it as great as this one?

felis catus July 7, 2011 at 11:36 PM  

I haven't read In Strange Room, but Quarry and The Good Doctor are very good.

riana July 8, 2011 at 10:54 PM  

@felis: okay noted, I'll find the books, thx for the recommendation :))