Thursday, February 28, 2008

The Rule of Four

The book, titled The Rule of Four, was already there for quite sometimes. My daughter bought it more than 6 months ago (12 months she said). It awaited me silently and patiently on a messy table full of wires and other stuffs in our common room. Common means a shared working room for my daughter, my son and myself, as Dewi prefers to stay in the other room making herself busy with her crochet.

It was a few days ago, when the Internet connection was down, and I was kind of feeling too much already moving my fingers frantically here and there on the strings of my heavy electric bass. I took my glasses, picked up the long neglected book (even my daughter hasn't read it yet), went to my room and started reading, and continued reading thereafter, mostly during the trip from home to office.

I have finished reading the last page of the book today, after struggling for a few days sitting in my car trying to focus on the book while the car was cruising on bumpy streets full of big and small holes, results of the rainy season and the slow response from the irresponsible people in the public works department.

The Rule of Four is one of the best novels that has ever been written. It took 6 years to complete the book. What I read was the Indonesian version with excellent selections of words and phrases, and it quickly hypnotized me right from the very first page. The book then brought me to the heart-pumping and brain-twisting journey of two brilliant Princeton students whose fate were written to meet, and work together to uncover the intricate mystery of Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, a Renaissance text that made scholars confused for more than 500 years.

It's a brilliantly written book, full of inspiring complicated puzzles to be cracked, the dilemmatic struggles between loves and dreams, friendships and deadly betrayals, histories of arts and famous people, life in a prestigious campus, ancient philosophies, wisdom and many more.

The Rule of Four was jointly written by Ian Caldwell, a Princeton University Phi Beta Kappa graduate majoring in history, and Dustin Thomason, a Harvard University graduate majoring in anthropology and medicine, also a Columbia University graduate with an MD and MBA diploma.

Try to find it in a nearby bookstore if you haven't had one. Highly recommended.


  1. hihihi.....saya paling malas tuh baca buku...hanya klo sudah mulai baca jadi ngga kenal waktu...

    wah jalanan di jkt ber gelombang penuh lobang yah????

  2. Rekomendasi menarik..tar klo sempet aku cari di toko buku deh. Pernah denger jg sih ttg novel ini, ada yang bilang pengungkapannya agak berbelit-belit en agak sulit dimengerti ya Pak?

    Udah sempet baca The Name of The Rose karangan Umberto Eco 'Pak? klo belum sempet, mungkin itu bisa jadi alternatif bacaan selanjutnya.

  3. @amethys: ho'oh banyak banget jalanan berlubang di Jakarta sekarang ini jeng, keknya selama sepuluh tahun terakhir gak pernah deh seburuk ini...

    @Wini: ceritanya memang suka meloncat-loncat flashback nduk, dan memang kadang harus ikut mikir, kalau mau :)
    The Name of The Rose itu tentang apa nduk?

  4. sudah lama banget gak baca2 novel..:)

  5. kayaknya buku yg menarik, mas Aroeng. Nanti sy coba cari deh.

    btw, anaknya sdh kuliah ya, mas ?

  6. @az&fa: ada banyak pilihan yang lain ya bung... :)

    @lita uditomo: udah dua jeng, bentar lagi tiga deh...

  7. Sounds like interesting book, I'll try to find it.

  8. Mas, akhirnya kelar nih...
    eventhough is long, weird sentence structure n kinda hard to understand but it has a deep meaning like that Hypnerotomachia ya:)
    thanks buat rekomendasinya ya

  9. Halo Pak Bambang,

    I've read this book in English version. as usual, i always go for the original copy, rarely read translations,'d rather read indonesian writings than translated other language books to indonesian, tidak bermaksud apa2, cuma mau menangkap suasana dan maksud sang pengarang. Sadly, bahasa indonesia kadang tidak cukup memadai untuk menggambarkan nuansa yang dituliskan penulis asing. I still got few chapters left though. Seperti biasa, beli buku baru, terus yang lama dan belum kelar ditinggalin dulu deh, kayanya saya musti baca ulang hehehe.


  10. @Ecky: find it jeng, read until the end, and you'll be touached...

    @TASH: weh sukur lah dah slese, emang rada2 susah, but it's worthy nduk

    @yulidarmawan: hi Yul, how r things? the best part is actually near the end, and so you should continue reading and finish it.
    it tells us about sacrifice, the highest and dramatic one, that triggered the waves of change.

  11. lama juga yah aku ga baca novel, jadi kepengen baca lagi neh gara2 baca postingan ini slam kenal yah pak makasi