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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Falling in Love with Laksamana Sunan

He's a fiction, he doesn't exist, he's not real...

But, I fell in love with him. It's impossible not to.

Saifuddin, respectfully known as 'Laksamana Sunan' is a great man. He's only a character in Ramlee Awang Murshid's 'Bagaikan Puteri' trilogy. I'm aware of the fact that he's only alive in those stories and wishing that he's real is like 'in your dreams'. Well... I'll be very happy to see him in my dreams if I did :) He's gentle, he's kind & sweet, he's 'alim', he's patient, he's strong, he has a tough & good heart, he's a romantic and he's good looking... in one word, 'perfect'... senang cerita *wink*

Above all... he's a man... he's the man... huhuhuuuuu...

Anyway... snapping out of fantasy world... what I really want to write is about Ramlee Awang Murshid's trilogy. They call it 'Bagaikan Puteri' trilogy, but I'd rather call it 'Laksamana Sunan' trilogy because it's a story about this great man.


I love these books so much that I finished reading all three within 3 weeks. I managed to find reading times in between my busy schedule, on a crowded train, on my flight to Korea, during my alone time in Seoul, before bedtime... all the timeeeeee... I finished reading 'Cinta Sang Ratu' in one weekend... I love the 2nd book so much!

To be honest, I hardly read books written by Malay novelist. Mostly because it's hard for me to find a good book or the good ones are too much of a literature for me. Everytime I go to the Malay novel racks at the bookstore, I wish to find storybooks that are as entertaining as 'Up & Down in the Dales' by Gervase Phinn, or twisted like 'Kane & Abel' by Jeffrey Archer, or puzzling like 'The Da Vinci Code' by Dan Brown or sweet and innocent like my all time favorite 'Anne of Green Gables' by L.M Montgomery. I can't remember any Malay storybook that I really love except... Nisah Haron's short stories when I was in secondary school. She rocked with 'Atlantis, Duniaku DuniaMu', 'Disebalik Wajahmu Aries', 'Annyss Sophilea' & one more that I can't remember the title.
 
But, Ramlee Awang Murshid has proven to me that Malay novelist can level with western novelists. Browsing through book racks full of Malay romance novels, I really felt discouraged. I need to slip away from the real world, to find ideas, something different, something 'outside of the box' and entertaining... I'm glad I found this trilogy. Although, I don't really like the 3rd book. But the 2nd one... so good... huhuhuhuuuuu... I should have picked up these books when I started seeing them the first time.
 
What I like about this story? Laksamana Sunan of course... and Sang Ratu. The novels flow smoothly even though it jumps from one century to another, each time changing the storyline, but still connected. It is so cool. Ramlee Awang Murshid must have a very clear idea of what he wanted to write when he wrote these novels. These novels are full of time travels, demons and devils, werewolves, rotten-hearted humans and of course... love. But not a mushy mushy kind of love. A real love... logical, practical... loyal...
 
The best thing is, these novels keep on reminding the readers that there is no power greater than ALLAH, that everything happened with a 'hikmah' behind it... it keeps reminding the readers to be patience, tawakal and always keep a good heart. 'Laksamana Sunan' and 'Sang Ratu' characters remind me to become a better muslim...
 
What a good way of da'wah...
 
So, if you haven't read this trilogy... you better :) This trilogy is a good piece of work and officially makes me a big fan of Ramlee Awang Murshid.

'Sebagai manusia, aku sayang kepadamu...'

I love you too Laksamana Sunan...

Aloooo... wake upppppp...

Ooppppssss sorry... it's bedtime now... off to dream world... hoping to meet Laksamana Sunan (hahahaaaa... I wish!)

Sweet dreams everyone!

14 comments:

CheeJa@Nizah said...

tell u what, u'll never find one with perfect, we never be perfect and same goes to our man..!The little imperfect on him actually make it most perfect in our live! wake up Nom..wake up..heehhehe

The Sometimes Speechless said...

hehehheee... dah agak dah akan dapat reminder ni... kikikiiii... I know cikja... perfection cuma wujud di alam fantasi :) if laksamana sunan suddenly become real pun, mesti jadi tak perfect... i think :P

ME:) said...

Hopefully your drean will come true. Actually ada ala-ala laksamana Sunan in real world just dia tak jumpa anom lagi sabar ye.hehehe...

The Sometimes Speechless said...

ME:)... siapakah gerangannya tuan hamba ini? ayat yang tuan hamba luahkan, seperti memberi harapan... gembiranya rasa hati hamba membaca kata- kata tuan hamba :)

hehehheeee...

CheeJa@Nizah said...

muahauahuha..Nom.. if ada imperfect pun sure laxsamana sunan in reality suka kentut diwaktu pagi..wahauhauhauahua..!!

bihanotperfect said...

yeah im really in love with that man *laksamana sunan* n always hope that he's exist in this world..ya ya it's kinda impossible but impossible is nothing,right?

The Sometimes Speechless said...

ya that's right... and dreams can come true :)

chasing cars said...

i knew it,i knew that im not the only one obsess kan lelaki nie.hehe.everything u said was exactly what i was trying to say to my friends yang MASIH baca lame malay novels.i used to but blame ramlee awang murshid and ofcourse laksamana sunan, now other novels are like eating mee bandung after dah try makan laksa penang.

if i want to list the good thing about him i guess my comment wud be longer than the post itself.but for sure for the first time im falling in love,its not about how handsome the hero is,how romantic(cheesy) he is, how rich he is but how fragile he is as hamba ALLAH. he's a man..he's the man.hehe. and the part where he said 'sebagai manusia aku sayang kepadamu' i stopped reading the book for a while because my mom once said,never love someone more than u love yourself and your parents, so as a precautionary measure i prevented myself from reading the book sebelum angau tak dapat diubati.hehe,and just want to let u know, i havent read the last book(hijab sang pencinta) yang part paling last,i think i dont have to explain why.okay,bye.tc.

The Sometimes Speechless said...

heheheee... ni macam dah angau ni :) jangan tersalah yang mana fantasi, yang mana realiti ok. Ideal/ perfect men do exist in real world. Only the question is not whether he is perfect, but whether he is perfect for us...

Like 'ME' said... we'll find our 'Laksamana Sunan', or he'll find us *wink*

Anonymous said...

cerita nie dah ade sambungannye yang ke-4...tajuk:Cinta sufi.So,don't be late!!

The Sometimes Speechless said...

ok2! thank you!

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