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wishful wednesday

Hulo! Welcome back to Wishful Wednesday!

David Mitchell. Penulis jenius yang karyanya so far belum pernah mengecewakan saya. Dan dua novelnya yang terbaru, The Bone Clocks serta Slade House, masih agak bertautan satu sama lain, dan dua-duanya bikin penasaran!

The Bone Clocks:

Following a scalding row with her mother, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: a sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as “the radio people,” Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.

For Holly has caught the attention of a cabal of dangerous mystics—and their enemies. But her lost weekend is merely the prelude to a shocking disappearance that leaves her family irrevocably scarred. This unsolved mystery will echo through every decade of Holly’s life, affecting all the people Holly loves—even the ones who are not yet born.

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A Cambridge scholarship boy grooming himself for wealth and influence, a conflicted father who feels alive only while reporting from occupied Iraq, a middle-aged writer mourning his exile from the bestseller list—all have a part to play in this surreal, invisible war on the margins of our world. From the medieval Swiss Alps to the nineteenth-century Australian bush, from a hotel in Shanghai to a Manhattan townhouse in the near future, their stories come together in moments of everyday grace and extraordinary wonder.

 

Slade House:

Down the road from a working-class British pub, along the brick wall of a narrow alley, if the conditions are exactly right, you’ll find the entrance to Slade House. A stranger will greet you by name and invite you inside. At first, you won’t want to leave. Later, you’ll find that you can’t. Every nine years, the house’s residents—an odd brother and sister—extend a unique invitation to someone who’s different or lonely: a precocious teenager, a recently divorced policeman, a shy college student. But what really goes on inside Slade House? For those who find out, it’s already too late. . . .

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Spanning five decades, from the last days of the 1970s to the present, leaping genres, and barreling toward an astonishing conclusion, this intricately woven novel will pull you into a reality-warping new vision of the haunted house story—as only David Mitchell could imagine it.

 

Seperti biasa, David Mitchell tidak pernah menulis cerita yang biasa-biasa saja. Semuanya thought provoking, mengisahkan tentang konektivitas antara satu manusia dengan manusia lain, satu zaman dengan zaman lain, di mana sejarah selalu saling berhubungan dan umat manusia intinya adalah satu kesatuan dalam sebuah loop yang sama.

Saya pernah terkesima dengan kisah Mitchell tentang sejarah Jepang di zaman mereka menutup diri dari dunia luar, juga dengan kisah berlapis dalam Cloud Atlas. Mudah-mudahan kedua buku WW saya ini juga sama mengesankannya!

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