Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley

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Buku Scarlett terbitan Gramedia

“But if you knew that, why on earth did you marry her?” Rosemary asked.

“Why?” Rhett’s mouth twisted in a smile.
“Because she was so full of fire and so recklessly, stubbornly brave.Because she was such a child beneath all her pretenses.Because she was unlike any woman I had ever known. She fascinated
me,infuriated me, drove me mad. I loved her as consumingly as she loved him. From the day I first laid eyes on her. It was a kind of disease.”
There was a weight of sorrow in his voice. He bowed his head into his two hands and laughed shakily. His voice was muffled and blurred by his fingers. “What a grotesque practical joke life is. Now Ashley Wilkes is a free man and would marry Scarlett on a moment’s notice, and I want to be rid of her. Naturally that makes her determined to have me. She wants only what she cannot have.”
Rhett raised his head. “I’m afraid,” he said quietly, “afraid that it will all begin again. I know that she’s heartless and completely selfish, that she’s like a child who cries for a toy and then breaks it once she has it. But there are moments when she tilts her head at a certain angle, or she smiles that gleeful smile, or she suddenly looks lost-and I come close to forgetting what I know.”
Alexandra Ripley, Scarlett

Siapa yang tidak mengenal sosok Scarlett O’Hara? Namanya begitu terkenang di kalangan para pecinta buku dan film Gone With The Wind. Scarlett, seorang gadis cantik bermata hijau yang berasal dari Tara. kalau saya teringat akan Scarlett, maka yang terbayang oleh saya adalah seorang wanita yang mengangumkan sekaligus menyebalkan. Di satu sisi, ia begitu kuat, tegas, ambisius, dan penyayang. Di sisi lain, ia begitu dingin, tidak berperasaan, egois, dan kekanak-kanakan. tapi, karena karakternya itulah mengapa Scarlett O’hara begitu membekas di hati saya.

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Vivien Leighas Scarlett O’Hara from the trailer for the film Gone with the Wind (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pertama kali mengenal sosok ini, dari film klasik yang sangat fenomenal, Gone With The Wind. Saya ingat, ketika itu * entah kapan, jaman saya masih kecil sepertinya * RCTI menyiarkan film-film klasik asal negri Paman Sam. Yang paling saya ingat adalah Gone With The Wind, Street Car named Desire, Cleopatra, dan beberapa film lainnya. Tapi yang paling membuat saya tersentuh dan terharu adalah Gone With The Wind. Betapa tidak, plotnya sangat bagus, pemainnya cantik dan tampan, kostumnya menakjubkan, dan ending cerita yang menggantung membuat film ini makin tak terlupakan.

Sejak saat itu, saya membaca bukunya, dan berharap akan ada buku ke-2 yang  bisa menghadirkan closure, ending yang jelas bagi pasangan favorit saya sepanjang masa, Scarlett O’Hara dan Rhett Butler. Sampai suatu hari, saya mendapati buku Scarlett karya Alexandra Ripley yang disebut-sebut sebagai sekuel Gone With The Wind * How excited I am that day. To know that the couple finally will get their closure. *

So here I am, years later. At the Gramedia Bazaar, digging for some book. And found it! The book that I always want to have it for myself. Sebelumnya saya selalu pinjam soalnya. Scarlett. that is the title.

Meskipun saya sudah membaca buku ini entah untuk ke berapa kalinya, tidak pernah sekalipun saya merasa bosan. Meskipun banyak orang mengkritisi buku ini, jauh lebuh buruk daripada buku Gone With The Wind. Mungkin karena saya mengharapkan akhir yang indah dan bahagia untuk Scarlett dan Rhett.

Miniseri berdasarkan novel Scarlett

Karena buku ini, entah berapa kali saya menangis. Karena sepertinya, nasib mempermainkan cinta mereka. Untuk cerita dan alur cerita, jujur, saya jauuuuh menyukai Gone With The Wind. Dalam buku Scarlett, sosok Scarlett seakan bergeser dari karakter aslinya, tapi, setelah semua yang dialami Scarlett, saya bisa mengerti jika sang penulis meggambarkan Scarlett sedikit berbeda dari sebelumnya. Afterall, she is a human, who can change through difficulty in her life. 

So, no matter what other might say. I think, this book is quite good. Memang sulit untuk menyamai bahkan melebihi buku pertamanya “Gone With The Wind“, mengingat buku itu sangat fenomenal, begitu pula filmnya, bahkan bisa dibilang sebagai Masterpiece (buku ini memperoleh Pulitzer Prize untuk kategori Fiksi). Sehingga ekspektasi kita, pastinya menjadi lebih tinggi terhadap buku sekuelnya. Dan ketika buku tersebut tidak memenuhi ekspektasi kita, maka timbul rasa kecewa. It’s just natural to be that way. But if you love to read some romance and easy reading book, don’t hesitate to read this one. Jangan ragu untuk membaca buku ini ^^

And this is why I love Rhett Butler, he said it at the end of the book as the closure…

“You belong with me, Scarlett, haven’t you figured that out? And the world is where we belong, all of it. We’re not home-and-hearth people. We’re the adventurers, the buccaneers, the blockade runners. Without challenge, we’re only half alive. We can go anywhere, and as long as we’re together, it will belong to us. But, my pet, we’ll never belong to it. That’s for other people, not for us.”

Alexandra Ripley, Scarlett

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