Title: Pelukis Jalanan
Author: Teme Abdullah
Publisher: Iman publication
Published: January 2016
I am quite prejudiced against my own race especially when it comes to literature which explains why I rarely if ever read any Malay books. Not to say I don’t, I do, just very very rarely. The last Malay book I read was I think about 5-6 years ago (Projek Memikat Suami) and that was due to me watching the tv drama version of it and really enjoying it and when I knew it was adapted from a book I instantly bought it.
The reason for this whole prejudice needs a whole post on its own but basically its sexist, non-progressive, stereotypical and lacks any character development and why I am discussing all this instead of reviewing the book in question is because of these prejudices is why I never sought to even want to read Pelukis Jalanan even though I saw it on my twitter feed for years.
Incidently, I saw this book in the library and thought to myself I don’t want to be prejudice anymore so why don’t we give it a go and I did and I loved the book!
I loved the book due to a few reasons and they are listed below:
Relatability because the guy is Malay and a muslim like myself . He did his SPM like me (true he is smarter but that’s not the point). He too had phases of having trouble to uphold his religion not due to lack of belief but because of life interfering and making one lose focus. So, I liked that and also the author is pretty funny and how he talks/writes is how I would write or react.
- Mixing of English and Malay
My Malay is absolutely APPALLING, ABHORRENT, DISGUSTING…mind you just choose any synonyms and it will apply to my lack of knowledge in Malay. I truly feel that English is my mother tongue. So, anyways this book uses a mix of both language and it was a lifesaver because then I can fully understand what is being conveyed.
- Bravado & YOLO
The first few pages of the book already states that Teme (the author) didn’t have a place to stay, didn’t have enough money for food or heck was even enrolled in the university he was planning to go for when he decided to go to UK. That alone made me feel like “DAMN! This guy has balls!”. He just has the guts to just go and YOLO the f*ck out of it and prays for the best which obviously made me want to read on because I want to know is this guy going to be okay.
Yeah, those are my reasons for loving this book and I enjoyed the book so much I actually bought the second book of which I haven’t started yet but I will soon.