Sunday, October 23, 2016

[Book Review] Little Basket 2016 : New Malaysian Writing - Various Writers

Editors : Catalia Rembuyan, Lee Ee Leen, Ted Mahsu, Tshiung Han Sew
Publisher : Fixi Novo
Format : Paperback, 183 pages
Publishing date : March 2016
Language : English w/ some Malaysian term
Genre : Literary journal, Fiction
Source : Free excerpt from Inter. Indonesia Bookfair 2016 
Read on Oct, 18th 2016
My rating : 3.5 of 5

Buy a hard copy at Amazon (INT) or Malaysia Bookstore

Little Basket 2016 is the first of a planned annual literary journal of new Malaysian writing. Unlike similar journals in other countries, it is produced with zero government or corporate funding. Each issue will have a print run of 3,000 and won’t be reprinted. Aside from sales at selected bookshops in Malaysia, it will also be distributed at international bookfairs such as London and Frankfurt.
This volume features work by:Foo Sek Han, Eileen Lian, Marc de Faoite, William Tham Wai Liang, Murugasu SHANmughalingam, Choong Jay Vee, Tunku Halim, Edwin Kho, Julya Oui, Kris Williamson, Chua Kok Yee, Zedeck Siew & Sharon Chin, Angeline Woon, Ling Low, Lean Ka-Min, Tilon Sagulu, Terence Toh, Zhou Sivan, Cassandra Khaw, Jin Hien Lau, Timothy Nakayama.
"Over there we found ourselves imagining Malaysia, a homeland full of nostalgia." from Diaspora - William Tham Wai Liang, pg.41.
Look that beautiful cover!!its blue, its shinny, and its feel like Summer! So, I got this book in Inter. Indonesia Book Fair which held in JCC, Jakarta last month. Malaysia was chosen as Guest of Honor this year, so they have a big booth at the center of fair. I walking down on the booth, talking in malay with one of the staff says that Im looking for a good malaysian book, and maybe she have a recommendation, voila! she give me this book for free. Yay!!
There  is twenty two story inside, written by malaysian author. Theres short stories, essay, poetry, and comic strips. the themes are very diverse, theres horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and contemporary. Nah, I
thought almost every story have a twist, so its not surprise anymore. Other thing that I disappointed about this book is language, I wondering, why its written in english instead malay? I mean the story more rich if they use their mother's language. Besides, theres so many malaysian term, and they not use italics for them. I know that editor think those words (red : malaysian term) are familiar to a Malaysian audience, but hey! you distributed this book in International book fair, thats mean this book will read by foreigner audience. so you should make it different. But I am glad that I understand malay, so i dont have problem read this book. I feeling nostalgic read in malay.
However, i like this book, i can feel melayu ambiance in every story. and got new information like "Wang Kalian". 
As bottom line, this book just like a little basket with many fruits inside, some we like, some we dont.
Anyone who love to read literary journal or anyone who never read it and want to try.
Story 1 
Red King, Asleep in the Garden - Foo Sek Han

I am eight years and two hours old, and a monster lives in the aatic.
"You dont belong here," I tell him.
In time, you shall think otherwise, the monster says.
A bed of leaves carpets the path to our home, their brown drying remains breaking under my feet. The caopy of durian tree shades the house, and squirrels jump and scatter about on the roof. In the distant hills a gibbons' orchestra tunes low. When I climb the steep, creaking staircase, I expect the golden hue of the stained glass streaked across the floor, lit by the setting sun.
I wanna go - Yuna
Happy reading, fellas!


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