Banyak hal aneh terjadi di Kepulauan St. Hauda. Binatang-binatang putih yang sebenarnya tidak albino, burung-burung yang bisu, dan lanskap rawa-rawa yang selalu tertutup salju. Di sini Ida bertemu dengan dengan Midas dan jatuh cinta. Di kepulauan ini Ida mencari kesembuhan atas tubuhnya yang bermetamorfosis dengan aneh, tubuh Ida perlahan-lahan berubah menjadi kaca, dimulai dari kakinya.
I love this book. I love everything about it, the title, the story, the plot, the hero and heroine, how they interact in an awkward way, everything. I can read the way Shaw is thinking about the world through this story. It is very detailed and hopeless romantic. It is also very unique written. He wrote the story that anyone would never ever trying to write.
What I love the most about this book is the philosophy I capture. That anything strange might happen in this world and we don’t need to know the reason why. Some bad things also sometimes just need to be accepted rather than to fight. We name it “fate”. I think not many people understand this. Yes, that is because Shaw wrote the unwritten. Or may be this is just my personal favorite literature? I have no idea. I just love it.
At the ending, I do not cry, I just, you know, feeling uneasy. Kind of feeling sad mixed with happiness for Ida-Midas that they made it until it ends. At least they did a right thing, took the last chance to love each other.
Shaw wrote this story beautifully yet creepy. I love his work. I love it. I do not count how many “love” I typed in this review. I feel like I need to find The Man Who Rained also. Due to I read Indonesian edition, thanks to Tanti Lesmana, the translator, who was doing a great job. She translated this story as beautiful as the original edition.
And I am also looking forward for his third novel. Good luck, Shaw! Shit, I really love it!