Cecilia & malaikat Ariel



Translated from: Through a Glass, Darkly
Author: Jostein Gaarder
Translator: Andityas Prabantoro
Publisher: Penerbit Mizan, 2nd print, February 2009
210 pages

Having finished Gadis Jeruk, I suddenly feel for Jostein Gaarder's works. I am addicted to his words as well as how he changes the philosophy into something simple but still with powerful message. I plan to grab all his books and begin the reading. Here is the second book, a beautiful conversation between a sick girl and an angel.

What is more sad than having to celebrate your christmas in bed? That's what exactly happening to Cecilia. She just lies sick in her bed while her family is busy preparing for christmas. Suddenly an angel steps through her window. So begins a spirited and engaging series of conversation between Cecilia and her angel named Ariel. They talk about life and death, the differences between heaven and earth and also angels and human.

Cecilia is suffered from serious sickness and this christmas is possibly her last one. But from their intense talk finally Cecilia's feeling through life and death changes. From feeling anger and denial over her sickness, she reaches a calm acceptance of what will happen to her.

This sentimental and heart-warming story will definitely make us more grateful to who we are and what we have. We will ponder more on our bodies, health and all things we take for granted.

Gaarder again amazes me with his work. He talks about life, death, God and universe with wisdom and compassion. A must read. Don't forget to keep the tissue near you, the story is sad yet touching.

3 comments:

ferina November 21, 2011 at 10:52 AM  

wahh.. jadi suka sama Jostein Gaarder ya?

mia November 21, 2011 at 3:28 PM  

Salah satu buku Gaarder yang paling saya suka. reviewnya bagus mbak, singkat namun mendalam :)

Ditunggu review Suite Francaisenya :)

riana November 22, 2011 at 10:13 AM  

@Ferina: Iya...jadi sukaaa banget, sepertinya mau swap dengan koleksi Gaarder mu nih, Fer :D

@Mia: Terima kasih Mia, ini juga jadi buku favoritku sepanjang masa :)

Suite Francaise-nya baru selesai dibaca semalam, sekarang lagi direnungkan mau direview dari sisi apanya ya? :D