You may remember revealing a cover of Nadhira’s book from last year. Well, here’s a full review of Indecipherable, a book she’s been working on for the longest time and I’m so excited I got my hands on it.
As a Malaysian, I feel pride flowing in my veins every time I see a local book distributed. I hope to read more local this year, and I can not wait to bring you all with me.
summary of the story
A personal resonance of poetry and short stories written by a writer full of hope and sometimes disappointed. This book reveals her hidden thoughts including love, life and words. As well as a glimpse into fiction about the bitter sweetness of love, a robbery in the name of justice, a kidnapped dream, a fresh start and a spring experience in Japan. This book is a tribute to all the unreadable concepts straight from the depths of her mind that play as the pages flicker.
Undecipherable is the collection of poetry and short stories of the first Nadhira Zohari, the kind she has been writing since the age of 15 and finally, was born in late 2021. The book is separated into 5 parts: Hidden, Love, Life, Words and A Glimpse of Fiction. If you read poetry, you’re in luck! Poetry occupies most of the book, while the last part was reserved for her short stories.
The songs in this book were pretty direct, and that’s not my personal taste. I remember hearing other readers compare it to Amanda Lovelace’s poetry, which I do see similarities. So if you’re a big fan of Lovelace, you should read this.
Although I liked some of the songs, I preferred the short stories more. Poetry themes encompass family, resentment, religion, adolescence, book comfort and being introverted. Whereas the short stories were a mixture of Nadhira’s interest. From strong and familial female characters found, childhood crushes, a robbery to some unexpected darkness or interesting short stories inspired by Japan, it reflects the genres she reads and it’s my favorite part of this book.
I think Nadhira will have a great future at YA, especially with her unpredictable plots. I’m excited to see more Malaysian writers popping up in the coming years! This is one of many that will be featured on this blog of mine.