This is the official blog of Winna Efendi, author of several bestselling Indonesian novels.

Minggu, 13 Maret 2011

(book) Hector and the Search for Happiness

Reading about happiness is a little like being on a journey on happiness. Deep down inside, we want to find out about what makes us happy, what makes us so insecure and unhappy, and want to find the factors that could be the cure to that. Reading this book is about wanting answers, but there are never really necessarily the perfect answers, just a bit of reflecting.

I like the way the story is told, like we're children and need to be taught in simple language. It's innocent and not vulgar, which I appreciate, and is truthfully a fresh change and suitable for the material.

Hector is a nice enough character, kind, although sometimes he appears quite boring and flat. Though, his intake to the people he meets, how he cautiously handles things and how he approaches everything like an empty glass waiting to be filled are quite admirable to me personally. I like how he describes things and accepts things, that he's just an ordinary human who makes mistakes (yes he made many! which i'm angry with him about). Human characters and the world is told through the eyes of Edouard, Edouardo, Ying Li, Clara, Agnes, Charles, Djamila and many people Hector meets through his journey. I like the story about the Chinese monk best.

So happiness, as we all know, is how we see things. My own firm belief in it is confirmed in the last few chapters of the book, and overall I'm happy with the whole story. I think we just need to be reminded, from time to time, that we have to be grateful and that happiness comes from within.

3.5 of 5 stars. I sincerely look forward to Hector and the Secrets of Love.

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