September 23, 2011

Selamat Tinggal

Selamat tinggal daerah beriman dan budiman. Aku titipkan sajak penulis agung sebagai ganti genta hatiku...

( Puisi A. Samad Said - 1955)

Kita datang ini hanya sebagai tetamu senja
Bila tiba detik kembalilah kita kepadaNya
Kita datang ini kosong tangan kosong dada
Bila pulang nanti bawa dosa bawa pahala

Pada tetamu yang datang dan kenal jalan pulang
Bawalah bakti mesra kepada tuhan kepada insan
Pada tetamu yang datang dan lupa jalan pulang
Usahlah derhaka kepada Tuhan kepada insan

Bila kita lihat manusia lupa tempat
Atau segera sesat puja darjat puja pangkat
Segera kita insaf kita ini punya kiblat
Segera kita ingat kita ini punya tekad

Bila kita lihat manusia terbiar larat
Hingga mesti merempat ke biru laut ke kuning darat
Harus kita lekas segera sedar pada tugas

Kita datang ini satu roh satu jasad
Bila pulang nanti bawalah bakti padat berkat 

The Confession

Yes I'm glued to Grisham's work again, but obsession is far from true. This time the author brought us to 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, where Travis Boyette abducted, raped and strangled a popular high school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donte` Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.

Now nine years have passed.Travis has just been paroled in Kansas for a different crime; Donte` is four days away from his execution. Travis suffers from an inoperable brain tumor. For the first time in his miserable life, he do what's right and confess. But how can a guilty man convince lawyers, judges, and politicians that they're about to execute an innocent man?

Well, here where Keith character comes in. A pastor, Lutheran minister who happen so compelled to safe Donte's life by assisting Boyette to tell the defence lawyer the whole truth. But they just 24 hours late. It's too late to convince the judge, its too late to stop the execution. And Donte's death is not the end of the story. Its create racial tension to Sloan, especially when Nicole Yarber, the victim's body finally found.

This novel had actually different from Grisham's other works especially n term of pace, it is fast, actually too fast at some point. Its packed with tension until you'll be consumed. God, it's a real masterpiece I must say.