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Di kaki Gunung Panderman, di rumah berukuran 6 x 7 meter, seorang anak laki-laki bermimpi. Kelak, ia akan membangun kamar di rumah mungilnya. Hidup bertujuh dengan segala sesuatu yang terbatas, membuat ia bahkan tak memiliki kamar sendiri. Bapaknya, sopir angkot yang tak bisa mengingat tanggal lahirnya. Sementara ibunya, tidak tamat Sekolah Dasar. Ia tumbuh besar bersama e Di kaki Gunung Panderman, di rumah berukuran 6 x 7 meter, seorang anak laki-laki bermimpi. Kelak, ia akan membangun kamar di rumah mungilnya. Hidup bertujuh dengan segala sesuatu yang terbatas, membuat ia bahkan tak memiliki kamar sendiri. Bapaknya, sopir angkot yang tak bisa mengingat tanggal lahirnya. Sementara ibunya, tidak tamat Sekolah Dasar. Ia tumbuh besar bersama empat saudara perempuan. Tak ada mainan yang bisa diingatnya. Tak ada sepeda, tak ada boneka, hanya buku-buku pelajaran yang menjadi "teman bermain"-nya. Di tengah kesulitan ekonomi, bersama saudara-saudaranya, ia mencari tambahan uang dengan berjualan di saat bulan puasa, mengecat boneka kayu di wirausaha kecil dekat rumah, atau membantu tetangga berdagang di pasar. Pendidikanlah yang kemudian membentangkan jalan keluar dari penderitaan. Dan kesempatan memang hanya datang kepada siapa yang siap menerimanya. Dengan kegigihan, anak Kota Apel dapat bekerja di The Big Apple, New York. Sepuluh tahun mengembara di kota paling kosmopolit itu membuatnya berhasil mengangkat harkat keluarga sampai meraih posisi tinggi di salah satu perusahaan top dunia. Namun tak selamanya gemerlap lampu-lampu New York dapat mengobati kenangan yang getir. Sebuah peristiwa mengejutkan terjadi dan menghadirkan seseorang yang membawanya menengok kembali ke masa lalu. Dan pada akhirnya, cinta keluargalah yang menyelamatkan semuanya.


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Di kaki Gunung Panderman, di rumah berukuran 6 x 7 meter, seorang anak laki-laki bermimpi. Kelak, ia akan membangun kamar di rumah mungilnya. Hidup bertujuh dengan segala sesuatu yang terbatas, membuat ia bahkan tak memiliki kamar sendiri. Bapaknya, sopir angkot yang tak bisa mengingat tanggal lahirnya. Sementara ibunya, tidak tamat Sekolah Dasar. Ia tumbuh besar bersama e Di kaki Gunung Panderman, di rumah berukuran 6 x 7 meter, seorang anak laki-laki bermimpi. Kelak, ia akan membangun kamar di rumah mungilnya. Hidup bertujuh dengan segala sesuatu yang terbatas, membuat ia bahkan tak memiliki kamar sendiri. Bapaknya, sopir angkot yang tak bisa mengingat tanggal lahirnya. Sementara ibunya, tidak tamat Sekolah Dasar. Ia tumbuh besar bersama empat saudara perempuan. Tak ada mainan yang bisa diingatnya. Tak ada sepeda, tak ada boneka, hanya buku-buku pelajaran yang menjadi "teman bermain"-nya. Di tengah kesulitan ekonomi, bersama saudara-saudaranya, ia mencari tambahan uang dengan berjualan di saat bulan puasa, mengecat boneka kayu di wirausaha kecil dekat rumah, atau membantu tetangga berdagang di pasar. Pendidikanlah yang kemudian membentangkan jalan keluar dari penderitaan. Dan kesempatan memang hanya datang kepada siapa yang siap menerimanya. Dengan kegigihan, anak Kota Apel dapat bekerja di The Big Apple, New York. Sepuluh tahun mengembara di kota paling kosmopolit itu membuatnya berhasil mengangkat harkat keluarga sampai meraih posisi tinggi di salah satu perusahaan top dunia. Namun tak selamanya gemerlap lampu-lampu New York dapat mengobati kenangan yang getir. Sebuah peristiwa mengejutkan terjadi dan menghadirkan seseorang yang membawanya menengok kembali ke masa lalu. Dan pada akhirnya, cinta keluargalah yang menyelamatkan semuanya.

30 review for 9 Summers 10 Autumns

  1. 4 out of 5

    Iwan Setyawan

    Can't rate my own book:)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nicko Arya Dharma

    Actually I already finished read this book a couple weeks ago. And suddenly, I wanted to write a review about this book now. The reason I wanted to read 9 Summers 10 Autumns so much was so simple. The reason is the book was placed on a bookshelf with tag “national best seller”. Finally, until someone special gave me the novel as my earlier birthday gift. It was make me more excited to read this book. 9 Summers 10 autumns. Judging from its title, maybe we will think “It should be the plot of Actually I already finished read this book a couple weeks ago. And suddenly, I wanted to write a review about this book now. The reason I wanted to read 9 Summers 10 Autumns so much was so simple. The reason is the book was placed on a bookshelf with tag “national best seller”. Finally, until someone special gave me the novel as my earlier birthday gift. It was make me more excited to read this book. 9 Summers 10 autumns. Judging from its title, maybe we will think “It should be the plot of this book”. Yes, absolutely right. This novel tells us about Iwan Setiawan’s journey. Iwan Setiawan was born in a modest family in East Java, he was raised with love, struggle, laughters and tears, until he has finally achieved his dream, even more than his dream. Getting a strategic position in one of Multinational Companies and was stationed in New York City is something that has been never previously imagined by him. From the city of apples to the Big Apple. Iwan Setiawan was trying to retell the story of his life with an interesting storyline, simple and touching language, and sometimes very melancholy. Setting of the book is actually more than 9 Summers 10 Autumns. But 10 years is an important part of the book as a whole. The way Iwan told his story is very interesting that I can not stop reading this book until finish. After reading this book I am aware of one thing, life is a struggle. Push yourself to the limit and always believe in God. To quote one of Dostoevsky’s quote that Iwan Setiawan convey in his book “Ah, children, Ah dear friends, do not be afraid of life! How good life is when you do something good and rightful!”. Maybe, we was born in a condition that is not what we want, but believe that there is always hope among all the limitations. The conclusion is 9 Summers 10 Autumns is very inspiring book that should be read by anyone. PS: The book is available in two versions: Bahasa and English version.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    First of all, I want to apologize for comparing this book with David Sedaris' works. No, this is NOT a compliment. With David's stories, you know they're facts that are intentionally blended with fictions. So you can only find them being displayed on Literature section at any bookstores. You accepted David's stories, even though they're based on his own experiences, as fiction(-alized). Now Iwan Setyawan's book, well, I don't know. I also have no idea why it won certain award as best fiction. Bu First of all, I want to apologize for comparing this book with David Sedaris' works. No, this is NOT a compliment. With David's stories, you know they're facts that are intentionally blended with fictions. So you can only find them being displayed on Literature section at any bookstores. You accepted David's stories, even though they're based on his own experiences, as fiction(-alized). Now Iwan Setyawan's book, well, I don't know. I also have no idea why it won certain award as best fiction. But most readers still consider this as inspiring. Hey, wake up people! This is a fiction book, as labeled by the publisher. I also must stated here that I had trouble reading parts when he showed passionate towards a little boy. I know it's a metaphor of himself. But, seriously? It sounds like reading a pedophile story. I am sorry. This is just not my cup of tea.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Inunk

    great! tears of celebration

  5. 4 out of 5

    Suffah Feey

    Good

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tegar

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Amazing for novel

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alfi Khoirina

    i want to read the novel

  8. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Salma

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It's such a good book! Made me realize that education is soo important in life can menaikkan derajat seseorang

  9. 5 out of 5

    mutiara

    This book is filled with stories of hard work and persistence, fueled by warmth and strength of a family of 7. It is inspiring indeed to read about the struggle of a boy brought up in Batu, Malang in reaching his dream in education. When finally he got his way to attend university and graduate, all the efforts that his family made were paid off. He was hired by a good company in Jakarta, moved once, but then recruited again by his first office, which is a US-based company, to work in New York. W This book is filled with stories of hard work and persistence, fueled by warmth and strength of a family of 7. It is inspiring indeed to read about the struggle of a boy brought up in Batu, Malang in reaching his dream in education. When finally he got his way to attend university and graduate, all the efforts that his family made were paid off. He was hired by a good company in Jakarta, moved once, but then recruited again by his first office, which is a US-based company, to work in New York. What seems to be a dream-come-true journey for the readers is clearly had to be exchanged with tears and sweat on the process. It is interesting when the chapters start with a scene, which introduce the presence of a little boy in a typical Indonesian elementary school uniform, white shirt and red short trousers. I immediately guessed he is the childhood version of the current adult character. Both of them interacts intensively throughout the book until the end. However, this imaginary, yet true, character is not defined strong enough. My father, who also read the book, even asked me who the little boy is and what his significancy is in the stories. The writer, Iwan Setyawan, uses the interaction as a prologue and epilogue in most chapters, squeezing the main story in the center. While the idea of it is flawless, the bridges between the opening-closing and the 'real' content are not smooth. I felt like I had to jump from one part to another and then back to where I started because of different nuances brought by each parts. It was disturbing, I have to say. Despite the above critics, I still like the overall stories of how the main character fight for a better future. It brings spirit for the readers to be able to achieve what he/she dreams of. Just as the writer hopes, I suppose.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tika Sukarna

    It's a story of growing up and making peace with your past, it's childhood memories that becomes the constant in face of inevitable change, it's about staring fear in the face against all odds, it is about hope and unravelling simple beauty with a few simple lines, a rarity in Indonesian prose. This book is best read in the quiet night while rain is pattering down the roof, or early morning while the sun have yet to peek out of your blanket. Inspiring but something is still missing? Yet as this It's a story of growing up and making peace with your past, it's childhood memories that becomes the constant in face of inevitable change, it's about staring fear in the face against all odds, it is about hope and unravelling simple beauty with a few simple lines, a rarity in Indonesian prose. This book is best read in the quiet night while rain is pattering down the roof, or early morning while the sun have yet to peek out of your blanket. Inspiring but something is still missing? Yet as this is his first, I'm sure (and hope) that he'll write that missing part in his next book! Bravo for the next Indonesian writer to watch out! One problem I have with the book is that it is wrongly categorized by the publisher as a novel which I think is due to Indonesian publication industry on the concept of memoirs as the story of the life of "famous (old) people", which misleads the reader. This I think will inevitably confuse many readers as to what they should expect from the book as a person reading the book expecting a fiction novel will be different from a person expecting it to be a non-fiction memoir, causing unintended dissatisfaction when reading which may not even be related to the content of the book itself. A Memoir, like a diary,is a reflection that can be written by anyone, even a simple boy who dreamt big and got to where his imagination could never have dreamed of. I hope Gramedia will make amends on this situation so as not the inhibit the reading experience in their future publications.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ardita Çaesari

    This is a story of a man, coming from a poor family in Indonesia and came out as a "winner" in New York. I would say his break and what fueled his success were not only his brilliant mind, but also his family. Iwan Setyawan is very lucky to be born into one closely-knitted family, whose main function is safety net. It has kept him safe and sound throughout his life and taken him to where wanted to be. It's a rarity in Indonesia's social reality. This writer has a heart. A big one, tha This is a story of a man, coming from a poor family in Indonesia and came out as a "winner" in New York. I would say his break and what fueled his success were not only his brilliant mind, but also his family. Iwan Setyawan is very lucky to be born into one closely-knitted family, whose main function is safety net. It has kept him safe and sound throughout his life and taken him to where wanted to be. It's a rarity in Indonesia's social reality. This writer has a heart. A big one, that is somewhat insecure because lacking of material, money. The bling-bling stuffs that somehow define a majority of human beings. At least, where I come from. I read this book carefully, trying to understand what the writer was trying to say and find the tidal turns of life that defined him. Something strong that will sort-of hit a common reader like me. I'm sorry, I'm a human being and I want that "hit". With all my due respect, I actually could not find one. Setyawan would have proven the idyllic "If I can make it there / You know, I'm gonna make it just about anywhere", if he waited for some more time to write and let the turmoil in his mind settles. However, he was successful not to dry your tears with melancholic life story, thread it gently and finely; delivered a worth-reading material.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Maya Notodisurjo

    Intrigued by the impressive movie trailer (or Alex Komang's acting to be precise), I finally bought and read this book. My comment? To be honest I think this book is overrated. Iwan Setyawan indeed has a rock solid story. The kind of story that will touch the readers' heart, and engulf them into the psychological dynamic of the characters. This is the kind of story Andrea Hirata's "Laskar Pelangi" has. Alas, Iwan narrated this book as if he were writing a textbook for statistic. Throughout the b Intrigued by the impressive movie trailer (or Alex Komang's acting to be precise), I finally bought and read this book. My comment? To be honest I think this book is overrated. Iwan Setyawan indeed has a rock solid story. The kind of story that will touch the readers' heart, and engulf them into the psychological dynamic of the characters. This is the kind of story Andrea Hirata's "Laskar Pelangi" has. Alas, Iwan narrated this book as if he were writing a textbook for statistic. Throughout the books I keep asking questions like "so what?", "what's the significance of this facts?", "why the readers need to read this?" - all because Iwan wrote many facts that is nice to know but doesn't really give anything to the story. Iwan put many quotes from Fyodor Dostoyevsky's writing as a partition between chapters. From the variety of books where the quotes come from, I believe Iwan is a big fan of this Russian legend. It makes me wonder why the great author most famous for his complex psychological dynamic in his writing doesn't seem to influence much on Iwan's writing style.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Zaza

    I got this book when I won a quiz held by Gramedia a few months ago. But I already wanted to buy and read this book everytime I went to a bookshop. So that time, besides I won the book, I was also invited to the book launching event. So, before I read the novel, I somewhat already knew what's the book about, straight from the author. this book is really inspiring. it encourages us to dream, even a small dream. It's the effort that counts, not the dream, that's what mas Iwan told I got this book when I won a quiz held by Gramedia a few months ago. But I already wanted to buy and read this book everytime I went to a bookshop. So that time, besides I won the book, I was also invited to the book launching event. So, before I read the novel, I somewhat already knew what's the book about, straight from the author. this book is really inspiring. it encourages us to dream, even a small dream. It's the effort that counts, not the dream, that's what mas Iwan told us during the event. So, keep dreaming, and give the biggest effort, hopefully you'll get bigger things than your dream :)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Randy

    The story is inspirational indeed. I'm not going to protest the content in which it is quite good. But there is one part of Iwan's writing style I found it kinda disturbing me. It is the imaginary little boy whom he told his whole stories to. I know he wanted to make the story different from others'. But in the book, the way he talked to the boy was always the same and kinda monotonous: that he didn't want the boy to go too soon, and while they waited for something (e.g. food in the cafe, singer The story is inspirational indeed. I'm not going to protest the content in which it is quite good. But there is one part of Iwan's writing style I found it kinda disturbing me. It is the imaginary little boy whom he told his whole stories to. I know he wanted to make the story different from others'. But in the book, the way he talked to the boy was always the same and kinda monotonous: that he didn't want the boy to go too soon, and while they waited for something (e.g. food in the cafe, singer in a gig, show in opera), he'd tell his imaginary friend his story, and that way over and over again. Apart from that, it's a nice story.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dinendra Karani

    I saw this book lying around, desperately clinging for attention. So I grab it, give it another chance and open a random page. Chance took me to Chapter 11. And this poem captivate my attention: Sepi. Tambah ini menanti jadi mencekik Memberat-mencekung punda Sampai binasa segala. Belum apa-apa Udara bertuba. Setan bertempik. Ini sepi terus ada. Dan menanti. Sold! I am going to re-read this book! But as soon as I finished page 6, it' I saw this book lying around, desperately clinging for attention. So I grab it, give it another chance and open a random page. Chance took me to Chapter 11. And this poem captivate my attention: Sepi. Tambah ini menanti jadi mencekik Memberat-mencekung punda Sampai binasa segala. Belum apa-apa Udara bertuba. Setan bertempik. Ini sepi terus ada. Dan menanti. Sold! I am going to re-read this book! But as soon as I finished page 6, it's over. Crap...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Agus Jakarta

    A good novel that shows about how important the role of our family, education and a focus mind can get us to achieve our dreams. I also liked how Iwan used to remembered his past memory to reconsiliate with himself and not becoming weak and be a person who clings to his past but to become strong and become a person who always gratefull especially to his parent, sisters and all the people who had helped him till he become a person like now. A really recommended novel to read !

  17. 5 out of 5

    Noor Titan

    I heard this book was a best-seller in Indonesia, and shipping the Indonesian version to the States was quite expensive. So, I was really happy to find this book on Amazon, although it was in English. I set my expectation really high, and was a little bit disappointed by the translation. The translation was good, but there is a lack of depth in the words compared to Indonesian version. If your native language is Indonesian, I would recommend you to go with the Indonesian one.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Fadly Uzzaki

    This is one of inspiring books that i read in the early of this year. I feel the warm and the struggling that the authors tell us in the book. Thanks for the authors to remind me to be strong while I am away from my family and thanks to remind how grateful live that god has granted for us.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Zuhria Husna

    It's sort of an inspiring book for a dream catcher like me. I have a dream to conquer NYC someday by achieving shcolarship in USA. By reading this book, I get self-motivated that every single dream can be achieved if we have passion on it. Limitations we have in life are the mood booster for all us to be better and better human being.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Linna Amanda

    Hmm sorry, but i think that you should start to learn how to write, your lines are just to choppy and vulgar so it doesn't give any feelings and atmosphere to the reader. It's just like a friend told me her fake experience, the story just seems emotionless and the words that you chose are just to vulgar.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ira Marby

    A kinda soft book with a strong tittle. Make us so "want-to-know" what is the story inside. This book teach us how to keep fighting and survive whatever what in condition we are and wherever our feet are standing. Happy reading.. :)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Franky

    ....most of all it is a story of dreams come true, sharply focused by a person who knows what he wants. Certainly very relevant in today's world which needs the dose of positive energy that Mr Iwan Setyawan delivers. --Wimar Witoelar

  23. 5 out of 5

    Pampie

    Reading this book is like a flash back to my own journey at some parts, Iwan taking my emotion, with his imaginary friend, ups and down while contemplating my own past, current and future life. Can't stop reading it to the last period.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    it is an amazing book, amazing how he tells the story. the melancholy yet artsy. the way the author tried to understanding his life. at the end the very good thing is when the author following his own life and destiny. he makes me think about Dostoevsky's as well. seeing life as an artwork.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Septiara

    Great story! when family have their power, when a man have his passion, full of eagerness. strongly described what life for and how you-as a human do your best thing in your life, ready to catch your dream and you were a person who was fullied by a million of parent love, God plans, and faith.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Malau

    Well written story about a man and the reflection of himself in his younger years. Love to see how he finally decide to go back to Indonesia after spending 9 Summers and 10 Autumns in America. This is a story of dreams come true!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Henings

    i love the ending! we can't choose our fate (things that already happened). but even the worst thing could be the best reason to boost ourselves to work harder, toward a better future. that's how we can change fate.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Avia Rachma

    KEREN BANGET!!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Agnes Budianto

    A story of an Indonesian with a never ending spirit to strive for the best- in order to live a normal life in New York. Really inspiring for a lot of young people. I'm proud to be an Indonesian.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Yanti Rahardjo

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Thanks to Riri who recommended me this book. This is very inspiring story.

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