Reading Cala Ibi is like experiencing Isra Miraj While Muhammad rode Bouraq, Maia flew on a dragon named Cala Ibi, of course While the Great Prophet was honored to spread the obligation to pray to his followers, Maia had to spread though in her mind only the understanding about another soul Yet, both Maia and Muhammad shared the similarity Both could be translated freely and implemented in one s life, for one s goodness.All and all, my comment is only this I was lost in translation, lite Reading Cala Ibi is like experiencing Isra Miraj While Muhammad rode Bouraq, Maia flew on a dragon named Cala Ibi, of course While the Great Prophet was honored to spread the obligation to pray to his followers, Maia had to spread though in her mind only the understanding about another soul Yet, both Maia and Muhammad shared the similarity Both could be translated freely and implemented in one s life, for one s goodness.All and all, my comment is only this I was lost in translation, literally, reading the book written in my mother tongue, since it bears various meaning Strange, but I kinda like it Lost can be fun Maya s vreemde dromen beheersen haar nachten Steeds verschijnt dezelfde vrouw naamgenote Maia De levendige dromen nemen Maia mee op onvergetelijke reizen, en gezeten op een draak genaamd Kolibrie vliegt ze over bekende en onbekende plaatsenDoor de dromen beseft Maya dat haar perfecte leven maar schijn is Ze doet afstand van haar leven zoals ze dat kent ze zegt haar baan op, zet haar verloofde aan de kant en verlaat Jakarta Ze begint te schrijven over Maia en haar oneindige nachtelijke reizenWerkelijkheid en fictie dreigen door elkaar te gaan lopen als de nachtelijke Maia tijdens een van Maya s dromen ook begint te schrijven en schrijft over Maya, die wakker wordt op een perfecte ochtend Will you like it 1 Do you enjoy magical realism E.g., One Hundred Years of Solitude I m not just referring to magical elements in a realist setting many genres meet this definition One specific feature I ve noticed is a tendency to digress into long, epic tales of myth and history, either of the main character s family, or the regional mythology Some readers will love these flowery, romantic and often violent tangents, and others may see them as a distraction from the main story.2 What s Will you like it 1 Do you enjoy magical realism E.g., One Hundred Years of Solitude I m not just referring to magical elements in a realist setting many genres meet this definition One specific feature I ve noticed is a tendency to digress into long, epic tales of myth and history, either of the main character s family, or the regional mythology Some readers will love these flowery, romantic and often violent tangents, and others may see them as a distraction from the main story.2 What s your tolerance for a meandering plot In the case of The Original Dream, plot is a very loose concept The narrative alternates between Maya s real life and her dreams, with her dreams often spanning several consecutive chapters I often found that the dreams plots werestraightforward than her real life, much of which is spent in stream of consciousness rumination Maya admits that she has always preferred stories with no beginning and no end, and we can take this as a cue from Amal that we should not expect a neat, traditional plot arc For most of the book, the writing was so good that I was okay with little plot, but it did wear on me Amal is such a fantastic writer than whenever she delved into the mundane reality, I loved it and wantedA hilarious, evocative conversation between co workers, a touching bonding scene between Maya and her newborn nephew, a tantalizing hint of forbidden romance I kept aching for Amal to return to these elements of real story she could obviously pull off a traditional story if she wanted to The fact that her preference instead is to lose herself and the reader in layer upon layer of symbolism, philosophy, identity deconstruction, etc, may appeal to some and grate on others.3 How much does the artistry of writing matter to you I can t finish a book if I m not captivated by the language, if I don t admire it and recall it later in the day, when I m at the supermarket or dealing with a screaming toddler This book does that for me Amal s language shattered some glass pane in my head, and overwhelmed me with a tidal wash of imagery I d never experienced before For me, this saved the book If language isn t extremely important to you, and plot is, I wouldn t recommend it I look forward to readingof Amal hopefully she veers a little toward Rushdie, or one of the magical realists who manage to layer myriad plots in along with the psychedelic magical journeys.Here s one of my many favorite swatches of writing It s also an example of how Amal can belabor a single idea in a way that some will love and some will hate Have you ever felt, O Maia, that in truth you are a merry go round horse, an irritating bandage on your finger that won t come off, a clown seeking a circus, a point not yet on the line, a baby chick who thinks it s a baby duck, last night s coffee, a drug flavored donut, a corpse on a condolence call, a glass about to break, a fish in an aquarium, a Neanderthal A spore partying poisonous mushroom Veiled, dreamless, edgeless, dream of a woman What would you do if you find a book about a girl who writes about her dreams about a girl who writes her dreams about a girl who writes her dreams about a girl who Well, I took The Beatles s advice Turn off your mind relax and float down streamand this book became my bible now pLalu bapakmu akan berkata, bintang tak pernah secantik tampakannya, tak sedekat yang kita duga Ia cuma penghias panas malam para pemimpi.Tapi aku mau terbang Aku mau menyentuh bintang Jika ujung jariku melepuh What would you do if you find a book about a girl who writes about her dreams about a girl who writes her dreams about a girl who writes her dreams about a girl who Well, I took The Beatles s advice Turn off your mind relax and float down streamand this book became my bible now pLalu bapakmu akan berkata, bintang tak pernah secantik tampakannya, tak sedekat yang kita duga Ia cuma penghias panas malam para pemimpi.Tapi aku mau terbang Aku mau menyentuh bintang Jika ujung jariku melepuh, akan kubelah lima Dan pulang dengan sepasang tangan berjari lima puluh Then your father will say, stars are never as beautiful as they seem, not as near as we think They are just the adornments of the dreamers warm nights.But I want to fly I want to touch the stars If the tips of my fingers blister, I ll cut each of them into five And I ll go home with a pair of hands that has fifty fingerssorry for the shitty translation p I am afraid I just did not get this one It mixed dreams with reality, fact with interpretations, in a very surreal narrative which I could not follow. I made it 20% into this book and bailed out The prose is lovely, but I just don t get this book I have a feeling that the magical realism would makesense to someone with an Eastern mindset instead of my very Western mindset. Reading this book was like exploring imagery from things half remembered and from my own dreams If you re looking for traditional fantasy, this is not it If you want to relax into words and images, this is closer to that. The Original Dream by Nukila Amal, translated by Linda Owens The writing was beautiful but I lost the overall point of the story It never felt like I found the revelation it was adding up to which left me with a feeling of disappointment after a promising ride.Along the way, the book was quite pleasant to read The author changed from the third person point of view in the chapters about Maya s life and second person point of view in the chapters that are in her dreams, leaving a clear distincti The Original Dream by Nukila Amal, translated by Linda Owens The writing was beautiful but I lost the overall point of the story It never felt like I found the revelation it was adding up to which left me with a feeling of disappointment after a promising ride.Along the way, the book was quite pleasant to read The author changed from the third person point of view in the chapters about Maya s life and second person point of view in the chapters that are in her dreams, leaving a clear distinction between them and alleviating the reader from any sort of confusion about whether you were in reality I really liked the way she did that because though it should eventually have been made obvious by events and characters that are only in one or the other, the style choice made it easier on me.Her life and her dreams were both interesting and fun to read about Maya s dreams included parts of her real life but also distortions of it, delusions and sense sometimes in a single scene Each scene was written in a way that propelled the plot forward, challenging Maia in the dream or Maya in real life to see things differently, or at least contemplate the differences.The writing is gorgeous and this book had one of my favorite openings ever.My father is a moon orchid, white, from the jungle My mother is a red rose in the garden, near the fence They met one morning in the port Gave birth to me Pink baby frangipani A funerary flower.Isn t that just gorgeous I get how it s also kind of nonsense, but it sets up a certain expectation of how the story will be told The first chapter goes on this way, metaphorically talking about her parents and ancestors and there s a place where she goes through a photo album that is written in this romanticized way that just pulls at me It was such a strong beginning I had felt like it was all adding up to some revelation of who Maya or Maia was or what her place in the world was and then I felt like it just fizzled away in the last chapter I did t get it.That said, don t let it or the rating distract from trying the book out alone It was only that the end doesn t make the plot clear but some stories just beautifully meander around and it s still nice to read I would definitely read this again over several classics I was forced to read throughout college I would read it before Dickens, for sure Another Kindle First book that stunk Some kind of plot would have been nice. The prose is beautiful but I just didn t become engaged with the story, very difficult to finish