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  1. Fadzlishah Johanabas Fadzlishah Johanabas says:

    The Female Cell is a collection of short works by Kedah born Rumaizah Abu Bakar, published by Silverfish Books in 2011 Do note that I use works instead of stories But I ll get to that later Like usual, I ll talk about the cover first.This book suffers from the same ailment other Silverfish titles seem to be afflicted with I mean, the Silverfish New Writing titles had superb covers, but others are merely meh if not outright ugly I love the high grade brown paper between the covers, t The Female Cell is a collection of short works by Kedah born Rumaizah Abu Bakar, published by Silverfish Books in 2011 Do note that I use works instead of stories But I ll get to that later Like usual, I ll talk about the cover first.This book suffers from the same ailment other Silverfish titles seem to be afflicted with I mean, the Silverfish New Writing titles had superb covers, but others are merely meh if not outright ugly I love the high grade brown paper between the covers, though, and the scent is just right.The book itself is divided into two parts Love, Lies and Lives, and Travel Tales In the description, the first part consists of works of fiction Short stories, in fact.I beg to differ.The book starts off with Christmas in July , a story about jealousy and rivalry among chefs at a hotel Immediately after finishing the story, I went, Eh However, after spending a minute thinking about it, I realized that Christmas in July was a freaking brilliant read It s one of those understated stories that makes you think, and in a good way It has a complete arc beginning, middle, ending , and the protagonist is transformed at the end Yu, a sous chef at one of the restaurants in the hotel, has always been denied a promotion, and has to watch younger chefs brought in from other countries rise and bask in fame At the end of the story, Yu, who has quit the job and is now married and has two children, has opened his own business, whereas the star chef he s always been jealous of remains the same, serving the same food.Brilliant, I tell you.Then the problem starts Just like Chua Kok Yee s book Without Anchovies , the editor must have realized the strength of the opening story and placed it there on purpose Good strategy, I have to say However, it would have been better if the story had been followed up by other solid, complete stories.The rest of the first section are vignettes Not stories, but single scenes without beginnings or endings They feel like exercises to describe scenes the writer witnessed at that particular time The pieces are told in the first person perspective, present tense Actually all the pieces in this book are told the same way There are merits, and there are drawbacks, of course And the merits don t become apparent until the second part.I felt something was off, but I couldn t quite put my finger on it until I started reading Travel Tales Then it hit me Except for Christmas in July , the narrator in the pieces is merely a witness, not an active participant When you write a story in first person, the reader inadvertedly assumes the identity of the narrator Being forced to play a passive role in a story isn t a good enough experience Just like The Great Gatsby.Put these two factors together single scene vignettes and passive first person narration and you get a frustrating read There isn t any character development, and as a reader I don t feel invested And it s a shame, because Rumaizah s writing style is smooth and excellent She doesn t pretend, and she doesn t try too hard to impress In fact, the entire book feels like having a thirty something lady sit across from me at a cozy cafe, regaling me with snippets of her interesting life or interesting observation of life The author s presence is barely felt, and I can really get lost in the tales.Especially during the second part Oh, the second part.Travel Tales is a travelogue, pure and simple And this is where Rumaizah shines The pieces are still vignettes, and the style of writing is the same, with the same first person present tense perspective, but this time, the narrator is an active participant, and by extension, so is the reader I have not been to a lot of these places, and traveling vicariously through these tales is awesome I especially liked the tales of Turkey.Now On to the technicalities of this book.I mentioned the cover I seriously feel that Silverfish Books needs a new cover artist FIXI and its imprint FIXI NOVO is doing a great job coming up with brilliant covers, and even the Readings from Readings series has a distinct, beautiful cover concept Whatever is said and done, we still judge a word only book by its cover, and using ugly covers is selling the author s short.This book also has the same problem as Without Anchovies Great opening piece, followed by a disappointing read, madeso because both these authors show an amazing potential through their opening stories.I didn t detect that many typos, but there was an abuse of the semi colon Especially in the first piece And I would have appreciated less adverbs, andstrong verbs I m not against adverbs, but having them back to back can be a tad annoying.I would have gotten rid of the first part of the book except for the opening story and concentrated on the travelogues instead Travel Tales is indeed an engaging read, not indulgent at all, and would have raised the author s name higher.First person present tense perspective is a delicate thing to handle, and doesn t work all the time I would have appreciated some of the pieces told in the past tense, or even an active participant third person perspective As it is, the narrative voice sounds exactly the same for all the pieces, and I m quite certain the first part is told by different people narrators.I also mentioned that the entire book feels like a thirty something woman chatting with me across the table What I wanted, and didn t get, was a sense of weaving all the threads into one tapestry Even Scheherazade, with her 1001 Nights, had a bigger,encompassing arc that tied together everything Or Khaled Hosseini s And the Mountains Echoed , even.This book is far from perfect, for the reasons stated above But I will judge the author based on the first story and the travelogues Rumaizah is a raw, unpolished gem I believe that she will go far if she is given the right guidance and exposure.I give this book a 3.5 5 It s above average, but it s not quite there.It is, however, definitely worth the purchase and the read


  2. Mona Mona says:

    I quite enjoyed reading it I am very into plot driven stories and although the female cell is not that driven on plot, i grasped it well and managed to read the book within the day I always read a book if I like it within the day as I cant put it down.I particularly loved the story Beads which was although short, was filled with delicate descriptions and a quick turn at the end of the story Rumaizah s flare for description and amazing travel stories are what really got me driven to finish th I quite enjoyed reading it I am very into plot driven stories and although the female cell is not that driven on plot, i grasped it well and managed to read the book within the day I always read a book if I like it within the day as I cant put it down.I particularly loved the story Beads which was although short, was filled with delicate descriptions and a quick turn at the end of the story Rumaizah s flare for description and amazing travel stories are what really got me driven to finish the book I enjoyed the fictional stories too This book, I feel is a good light read for anyone who would like a person s travel experience, as well as the short fictional stories It definitly is something you can read on a warm afternoon, or in an airport, or waiting for a train bus Even getting your hair done this book is entertaining, descriptive, poignant as well as down to earth Its nice to read something normal and calming once in awhile and The Female Cell to me did that very well I d reccomend this book to anyone of any age, great book Should Rumaizah keep writing and publishingDefinitly It will be another book by our Malaysian writers and this book is an example of our literary movement in Malaysia improving and moving further and further up Who knows, we might go international with this book if we pushed it harder Fantastic Job


  3. Linda Lingard Linda Lingard says:

    The Female Cell is a collection of 20 short stories, divided into two parts Loves, Lives and Lies and Travel Tales The stories are easy and enjoyable to read the author paints the scenes vividly with great detail and it s easy to be absorbed into the stories I enjoyed the first part of stories from everyday life a string of bead necklace breaks in a train a woman wearing stilettos a simple need for sugar and food after fasting paranoia over a stranger Life goes on in its usual humdrum w The Female Cell is a collection of 20 short stories, divided into two parts Loves, Lives and Lies and Travel Tales The stories are easy and enjoyable to read the author paints the scenes vividly with great detail and it s easy to be absorbed into the stories I enjoyed the first part of stories from everyday life a string of bead necklace breaks in a train a woman wearing stilettos a simple need for sugar and food after fasting paranoia over a stranger Life goes on in its usual humdrum way and then something happens or not As someone said, Life is what happens while we wait for something to happen Everyday people, everyday lives but we can appreciate the details, laugh at our foibles, recognise our paranoia and prejudice in the stories It s said literature holds a mirror to our face and that s what the stories in this book do It s not deep though but this the author s first book I look for


  4. Aisyah Aisyah says:

    read it and found that honest writing is fascinating


  5. Norazlin Aj Norazlin Aj says:

    The Female Cell with a cup of coffee and few bites of macaroon will complete your evening Thumbs up


  6. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    I was torn in between of 2 and 3 stars But the description of It was ok 2 stars and Liked it 3 stars made me opted for the latter.It s not that I don t like The Female Cell It was, well, ok It waslike a teaser of what Rumaizah Abu Bakar can, and will be, as a literary writer.I was mostly disappointed at the lack of character development most characters in the stories were one dimensional Some were promising, but the moment they opened up, especially emotionally, the stories e I was torn in between of 2 and 3 stars But the description of It was ok 2 stars and Liked it 3 stars made me opted for the latter.It s not that I don t like The Female Cell It was, well, ok It waslike a teaser of what Rumaizah Abu Bakar can, and will be, as a literary writer.I was mostly disappointed at the lack of character development most characters in the stories were one dimensional Some were promising, but the moment they opened up, especially emotionally, the stories ended Unlike the effects that I felt when savoring Unaccustomed Earth Jhumpa Lahiri when the stories ended with me feeling hollow inside but nevertheless literary ly satisfied, the book appeared to me to beof a collection of creative blog entries in which conflicts get resolved way too abruptly.I minto discourse when it comes to the content of a creative work, but as a human being, I do enjoy a good emotionally driven and charged story However, I found The Female Cell to be lacking in both.Rumaizah, I want and expect better ones will come from you


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The Female Cell [EPUB] ✷ The Female Cell By Rumaizah Abu Bakar – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk stories all previously unpublished by Rumaizah Abu Bakar in her first book that display an acute sense of observation, with humour and irony, but without prejudice or pandering With minimalist sketch stories all previously unpublished by Rumaizah Abu Bakar in her first book that display an acute sense of observation, with humour and irony, but without prejudice or pandering With minimalist sketches, she has the uncanny knack for suggesting danger in even the most mundane If you have read her initial The Female Epub / works in the News From Home anthology, see how she has matured The Female Cell is published by Silverfish books under the Malaysian Literature in English series The book features two partsPartLoves, Lies and Lives short fictions PartTravel Tales to Cairo, Turkey, Makkah, the Philippines, Bangkok, etc What others say Rumaizah s stories are unpretentious and delightful These short vignettes of human emotions and interations are perfect for that rainy afternoon, accompanied by tea and biscuits These stories have light in them Dina Zaman, author of I am Muslim Whether she is describing the kaleidoscopic panorama of Kuala Lumpur, or the prickly solitude of a traveller in Turkey, Rumaizah demonstrates a generous capacity for observation A quietly assured debut collection Alfian Sa at, writer, poet and playright Visit online at Silverfish bookshop here e book lovers, The Female Cell e book is now available at Kindle Nook stores Click here to order.