Bildungsroman, Malaysian, 271p, Buku Fixi, 2015
In this separate-sequel to the novel "Halo, Aku Dalam Novel" (2009), we follow the cynical amateur writer, Pram, as he embarks on a journey of unrequited love. Pram finds himself deeply infatuated with Poppy, a barista, but his feelings are not reciprocated. Determined to win her heart and discover his true self, Pram weaves a tale of murder and love to captivate his audience in a café.
Combining elements of bildungsroman and pulp fiction, the novel explores the journey of a young man who entertains his listeners at a café through the art of storytelling in his quest to charm a girl. While Pram's stories are not original, drawing inspiration from renowned works such as Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House," Susan Glaspell's "Trifles," Edgar Allan Poe's "The Black Cat," William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily," and others, including stories by D.H. Lawrence and Shirley Jackson, they offer a playful and meta commentary on these literary classics. The result is an enjoyable writing experience that serves as a parody of these stories, infusing them with a fresh and unique perspective.
"It's inevitable that Nuril is a gifted writer... The main character in the story appears as a messy person who longs for love, in the end, he's someone that we never thought of..." - Goodreads.
|My Favorite Goodbye, Indonesian, GagasMedia, 2015