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Hernadi Tanzil: A helping hand for book lovers

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Hernadi Tanzil: A helping hand for book lovers
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Fri, 03/16/2007 4:05 PM
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Iwan Sulistiawan, Contributor, Jakarta

As book prices get more and more expensive every year, book lovers need help being more selective about the books they buy. Hernadi Tanzil is giving that help.

The 37-year old accountant has written numerous book reviews for the national and local media.

“”I’d like to help book lovers be more selective in picking out the books they want to buy,”” said Tanzil.

“”That’s my purpose for being a book reviewer. Besides getting extra money, of course,”” he said.

Tanzil usually reviews books about history, culture, and literature. His reviews have been published in lifestyle magazine Djakarta! and other prominent publications including Koran Tempo, Media Indonesia, Mata Baca, Batam Pos and Imajio (formerly Aksara literature magazine).

Tanzil became a book reviewer by chance. The chief accountant at a paper manufacturing company, Tanzil has been a book addict since elementary school. At that time he read the local comic books of R.A. Kosasih and Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five.

When he was in junior and senior high school, Tanzil expanded his reading habit to the classical novels published by one of the Indonesia’s pioneer publishers, PT Balai Pustaka.

In 2000 the man who joined several literature mailing lists like Pasarbuku, Apsas, and Klub-Sastra Bentang began writing short commentaries on the books he read, posting them later in his web blog, http://www.bukuygkubaca.blogspot.com.

Djakarta! soon became interested in his commentaries, seeing them as fully qualified book reviews. The magazine offered Tanzil the opportunity to write regular reviews for them.

His first review was on Herman Hesse’s Siddharta. Since then he has written around 100 book reviews.

A great fan of Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Karl May and Paulo Coelho, Tanzil feels grateful for the opportunities he has been given. Not only because lots of publishers now send him books for free, but also because he gets to meet people who can help him hone his skills and increase his knowledge.

However, most publishers that send books to Tanzil demand he write his reviews immediately. Tanzil said he wished he had formal training on writing reviews. He said he often felt guilty when he could not write them to deadline.

“”I’ve got to have a better time management to divide my working hours for the company I work for and for the books I review,”” Tanzil sighed.

Tanzil, who lives in Bandung, West Java, said he was happy with the growing popularity of book reviews in Indonesia.

Nowadays, newspapers and magazines usually provide special spaces for book reviews. Book review writing is also flourishing on websites and blogs.

However, Tanzil, who chose Bahasa Indonesia as his favorite school subject, pointed out that practically no one in Indonesia takes book reviewing as a full-time job. Like Tanzil, most reviewers still work a regular job for the main part of their income.

Tanzil hopes that one day Indonesia will have a kind of Oprah’s Book Club where books are reviewed and later become popular best-sellers.

If Indonesia already had its own variation on Oprah’s Book Club, Tanzil predicted, it could be hoped that book sales would increase and book prizes would drop. Many more people could experience the great benefits of reading books, he said.

I guess we all share the same hope, Tanzil.

Pemenang Blog Award Minggu Pertama Juni 2009

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http://bukuygkubaca.blogspot.com (Lifestyle blog)

Habis membaca terbitlah blog. Sepertinya itulah ungkapan yang sesuai untuk Hernadi Tanzil. Kegemarannya membaca buku menelurkan sebuah blog apik yang menyajikan sejumlah review buku yang pernah dilahapnya. Kefasihan Hernadi selaku nakhoda blog dalam bertutur tentang suatu buku, menunjukkan bahwa ia merupakan pecinta buku sejati. Ia mampu mengulas buku yang telah dibacanya dengan gamblang, sehingga orang yang mampir di blog ini dapat memperoleh gambaran tentang isi suatu buku. Sebagai contoh simak saja review-nya tentang sebuah novel thriller detektif berjudul Metropolis. Hernadi mampu ‘menguliti’ novel ini dengan memikat. Tak sekadar memberikan gambaran tentang isi novel, ia juga memberikan kritik-kritik cerdas terhadap novel ini, misalnya tentang kurangnya pendalaman karakter tokoh-tokoh novel, kritik tentang pola hubungan atasan dan bawahan dalam struktur kepolisian yang dinilainya terlalu mengikuti ‘pakem’ film-film detektif yang sudah umum. Namun, di samping menyodorkan kritik tentang kekurangan-kekurangan pada novel ini, Hernadi juga menunjukkan kelebihan dari novel tersebut, sehingga pengunjung blog mampu memperoleh gambaran yang jernih tentang novel tersebut. Masih ada sederet judul buku lainnya yang direview-nya, seperti Sastra Sepeda di Boja, The Dragon Scroll, Metamorfosis.

sumber : http://www.detikinet.com/read/2009/06/02/125952/1141322/404/pemenang-blog-award-minggu-pertama-juni-2009

[Blogger Sejati versi Jonru] Hernadi Tanzil

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Banyak orang yang hobi membaca. Tapi hanya segelintir dari mereka yang memberdayakan hobi seperti ini menjadi sesuatu yang luar biasa.

Blogger yang saya tampilkan kali ini termasuk yang segelintir tersebut. Dia seorang “kutu buku” sejati. Dia menyalurkan hobinya dengan membuat sebuah blog yang berisi resensi terhadap buku-buku yang telah dibacanya.

Aktivitas seperti ini konsisten dia tekuni sejak bertahun-tahun lalu. Kini, dia menjadi salah seorang peresensi buku paling terkenal di Indonesia.

Hernadi Tanzil pun mendapatkan hasil yang luar biasa dari aktivitas berbasis hobi ini. Banyak penulis yang mengirimi dia buku, dengan tujuan untuk diresensi. Akibatnya, rumah beliau di Bandung kini penuh oleh koleksi buku, dan hampir semuanya dia dapatkan secara gratis!

Menurut saya, sosok Hernadi Tanzil sungguh inspiratif. Dia menekuni hobinya secara serius, fokus, dan konsisten. Dan kini, dia memetik hasil yang luar biasa.

Jika Anda ingin sukses, saya kira meniru langkah yang dilakukan oleh Pak Tanzil ini sungguh tepat.
bloggersejati_htanzil

Sosoknya yang inspiratif membuat harian The Jakarta Post tertarik untuk memuat profil H Tanzil.

Bila Anda ingin berkenalan dengan beliau, sekaligus membaca resensi buku-buku yang pernah dia baca, silahkan berkunjung ke bukuygkubaca.blogspot.com.

Jika Anda punya buku yang baru terbit, tak ada salahnya untuk dikirim pada beliau. Dia akan dengan senang hati meresensinya.

Semoga Bermanfaat dan Salam Sukses!

Jonru

sumber : http://www.jonru.net/blogger-sejati-minggu-ini-hernadi-tanzil