Thursday, February 7, 2008

Nadia's Song by Soheir Khashoggi

I have just finished reading a novel titled Nadia's Song by Soheir Khashoggi.... This book was first published in 1999 and recognised as an international bestseller. I didn't buy the book but borrowed it instead at the Cupertino Public Library last week. I have always wanted my children and me to sign up as library members - ahli perpustakaan - even kat Shah Alam lagi! But we never got the chance to do so. Forever having not enough TIME! Ia nya seperti MASA sentiasa mencemburui kita, sering kali kita memburu nya dan sentiasa juga kita terbiar leka di buai nya. Rasa rugi sangat tak dapat menjejaki tangga-tangga Perpustakaan Negara yang terletak di Jalan Tun Razak tu... or even melewati Perpustakaan Shah Alam yang berdekatan dengan M.P.S.A dan Quality Hotel di Seksyen 2, Shah Alam itu. Rugi bebenor gedung2 buku itu dibina dengan tersergam indah dan kita tidak berusaha menikmati khazanah ilmu di dalam nya. Walhal kita diberi MASA yang sama, samaada di sini mahupun di sana. So, I'll try to make the best out of TIME while I am here. Melalut pulak! Anyway, Cupertino Library has 2 floors with an elevator for the physically challenged and for those who finds it easier and faster not to take the stairs. Registration counter is on the ground floor and we only need our picture IDs to be registered. Even to borrow books is a breeze using the self check-in kiosks. Nadia's Song is about the life of a famous Egyptian singer Kamila, story about her love... her lost daughter (out of wed lock) named Nadia. Setting in Egypt, Italy, US and France in the era of the 40s till the 80s... tahun 40-an tu flashback laa.. A few famous names mentioned like Egypt's last Prince and her first President - Gamal Nasser. Rupa2 nya Hitler was believed to be a Muslim by the Egyptians back then. He goes by the name Muhamad Haider. Of course, Nadia's Song is fiction. Ada love story, a bit of politics, a bit of spy story but.... cerita tu betul2 tunjuk betapa tipisnya iman orang2 Islam di Mesir. Negara yang tergolong di dalam negara Arab. Kalau pengarangnya pun dari situ mungkin sedikit sebanyak ada kebenarannya. Soheir Khashoggi was born in Alexandria, Egypt but now living in New York City. She is the sister of Adnan Khashoggi (remember the million/billionaire who was once connected to Jackie Kennedy/Onassis) and Dodi Al Fayed's auntie. Her late sister Samira Khashoggi was Dodi's mother. I think there is not much of royalty in them but they're very2 rich! Their father Mohamed Khashoggi once worked with Marie Curie and was a physician to Saudi Arabia's royalty. She has produced 3 best sellers but the first titled Mirage is banned in Saudi Arabia. Soheir dedicated Nadia's Song to the memory of her dear nephew Dodi al Fayed. From the day he was born, she loved him as a precious baby brother. And he, as a gentle caring adult, always treated her with love and kindness. Although he is gone, in her heart he will live forever....

2 comments:

RusminahAbuBakar said...

I dah baca buku ni..I pinjam dari your ex beloved boss Pn Nor...

zidnee 'ilman said...

yer ker?... buku tu sedap baca kan?..nanti I review lagi buku2 lain when I have the time.. At the moment it's TOWARDS A COMPETITIVE MALAYSIA - Development Challenges in the 21st Century by Dr Bakri Musa