Bisik (Whisper) by Syaihan Syafiq

After his roommate died from a fall, Mikael moved into a new apartment where he began to lose his memory and heard whispers coming from nowhere.

He began to get suspicious with his new roommate, Nazzman but Mikael started to trust him to help with his memory loss.

Soon, Mikael began a relationship with his dead roommate’s ex-girlfriend, Suraya. But when Suraya suffer a tragic incident, Mikael began to suspect it was his roommate who was at fault.

Where does the whispers came from?

Who Nazzman really is?

*Translations done by me. Basically standard spoilerish sypnosis*

Bisik is a psychological thriller novel about a columnist, Mikael who is starting his life at a new place away from his most recent past. He faced several oddities along the way like his mysterious roommate, his black outs, his occasional memory of his long dead sister, his attraction to a certain woman and his friends’ problems and random conversations he had with himself. As the story goes on, Bisik started to go even darker and psychedelic.

Mikael is quite a normal guy that you would expect from contemporary male fiction. However, I do feel weird about the bulk of female friends the guy have. I suppose its normal for a guy these days but I do find the drama is quite unnecessary. There are also violence in this book which I, myself, will naturally embrace but I do find the gore to be unconvincing —- until I read the cat scene. Ironically, I love the cover and that scene definitely showcased the author’s potential and it does worth it if you want to get this book just for it.

I had tried to be more fresh-minded with the book since I’ve been spoiled by these two word from some of the review. Truthfully, had I not known about these novel/movie, I would think Bisik is quite a very fine read on its own, even better than Pecah or Kasino in that matter. However, since I do know and watch the Brad Pitt and Edward Norton movie, the book somehow failed to bring originality and unpredictability to my eyes.

It was in the middle of the story that I started to feel some of teh scenes the book somehow plagiarized the movie. Its harsh, but its the reality of it. I hope the publisher never consider the book to a movie adaptation. It would be interesting had the script rewritten in different way and produce a good Malaysian movie but nonetheless I wouldn’t want to see the copyright repercussions from Chuck Palahniuk even if it was several small scenes. It might not be apparent to the newbies but for me, it was terribly unimaginative and certainly terribly unethical to anyone. The idea might not be a plagiarized but the homemade bomb scene…. dude, you really shouldn’t have done that.

For the pulp genre, its really is good, the writing is better in a debut but I do think the overzealous multiple promiscuous scenes and drama that bulk up the book was a filler and we all could do well without and I will look forward to any future books from this author if he didn’t repeat the stunt again. I’m serious, just don’t.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s