Tak terasa sudah 12 tahun sejak pertama kali saya membaca karya J.R.R. Tolkien. Saat itu, di Kelas 4 SD, ayah saya membelikan satu set terjemahan The Hobbit dan sekuel pertama The Lord of The Rings (TLOTR). Tak lama setelahnya, saya menonton film pertama TLOTR-nya Peter Jackson. Berkali-kali saya bertanya pada diri sendiri, apa yang membuat karya Tolkien ini begitu berpengaruh pada diri saya. Dulu saya tak bisa menjawabnya. Tapi saat ini saya kira saya sudah menemukan jawabannya.
The Story about Those Who Fight for Their Right and Lose in The Name of The Law
Pramoedya Ananta Toer is one of the best Indonesian writers, I’m sure many people will agree when we look at how many books as well as prizes he ever got, including Nobel prize nominator in literature. And most will say that his best books are what usually called Buru Tetralogy, quartet of books written during his time in the prison of Buru Island: Bumi Manusia (The Earth of Mankind), Anak Semua Bangsa (The Child of All Nations), Jejak Langkah (Footsteps), and Rumah Kaca (The House of Glass). Well, I can’t say that those are his best books because actually only two of his other books I’ve ever read so far. But, if these are not his best, I can’t imagine what will be his better book! And Bumi Manusia, the first book,is the best among the others I will say!
Most of my friends, even those who like The Lord of The Rings movie, don’t yet to know about this story, not before the movie came out at the end of last year. But, honestly, I have waited for the movie for about 10 years since the first time I read the book. I have been wondering for a long time since my elementary school, why don’t someone make the movie for this amazing book? The book is absolutely worthy to be a movie!
Though the movie was published after the blooming of TLOTR movie, the book was published before the writing of TLOTR entitled “The Hobbit: or There and Back Again”. The book was one of the first Tolkien’s writing, the first one which make his name remarkable in the heart of his reader. For those who haven’t yet to read and are looking forward to watch the next movie, I suggest to stop right here and just read my other book review.