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Alih-alih menulis ulasan, saya mau tulis sesuatu yang janggal di buku ini.
He led me to the kitchen table, which was where our kitchen table was, and he sat down and slapped his hand against his knee. “Well!” he said, so loudly that I wanted to cover my ears.
Mari kita lihat cuplikan yang lain,
It was only then that I observed that the key was reaching toward the bed. Because it was relatively heavy, the effect was small. The string pulled incredibly gently at the back of my neck, while the key floated just a tiny bit off my chest. I thought about all the metal buried in Central Park. Was it being pulled, even if just a little, to the bed? Mr. Black closed his hand around the floating key and said, “I haven’t left the apartment in twenty-four years!” “What do you mean?” “Sadly, my boy! I mean exactly what I said! I haven’t left the apartment in twenty-four years! My feet haven’t touched the ground!” “Why not?” “There hasn’t been any reason to!” “What about stuff you need?” “What does someone like me need that he can still get!” “Food. Books. Stuff” “I call in an order for food, and they bring it to me! I call the bookstore for books, the video store for movies! Pens, stationery, cleaning supplies, medicine! I even order my clothes over the phone! …
“I’ve been reading your lips!” “What?” He pointed at his hearing aids, which I hadn’t notice before, even though I was trying as hard as I could to notice everything. “I turned them off a long time ago!” “You turned them off?” “A long, long time ago!” “On purpose?” “I thought I’d save the batteries!”…
Mr. Black berbicara dengan suara yang keras karena dia tuli. Dia pembaca bibir. Nah, bagaimana dia memesan makanan dan kebutuhannya via telepon kalau dia tuli? Kecuali dia bisa mengatakan semuanya sekaligus dengan lengkap sehingga tidak perlu ditanya-tanya lagi. Tapi itu sulit dibayangkan.
Buku ini aneh, tapi saya suka. Nanti saya posting tentang hal-hal yang tidak lazim di buku ini. Beberapa hal mestinya membuat buku ini sulit dialihbahasakan. Tapi anehnya, terjemahannya sudah ada.