Diary of A Void Review

Reading has always been one of my favourite hobbies. Not everyone can afford to go to many places, but with reading it takes you on wondrous escapism to everywhere; back to the past, to the future, to the wizardry realms and even the world full of knowledge (and ahem a world with the hottest dude). Reading is definitely a legal sorcery everyone can do.

diary of a void review

“It doesn't need to be a big lie—just big enough for one person. And if I can hold on to that lie inside my heart, if I can keep repeating it to myself, it might lead me somewhere. Somewhere else, somewhere different. If I can do that, maybe I'll change a little, and maybe the world will, too.”

Penipuan yang memakan diri. Her declaration open a new world to her — the world of motherhood filled with loneliness. She wanted to save herself, wanted to be treated better by the company and colleagues at her workplace but in the end she got lost in her own deception. This book is about Shibata — a woman in her thirties yang dah menyampah dilayan kedak ‘bibik’ oleh colleague lelaki nya di opis. Nya dah fedup disuruh polah kopi, kemas pantry, buang sampah polah ya polah tok etc yang bukan kerja nya pun. She finally had enough bila ada one of her colleague merokok dekat nya and she decides to make a statement saying that she’s pregnant. But she’s not! But everyone simply believe it. 

The lies she's been fed to her colleagues has put her in such a good yet difficult situation at the same time. She’s getting into delulu/confusing state when she is now expecting the real baby in her tummy. Siap pergi real medical checkup lagik. Bergaruk palak juak aku how comeee? Doktor pun aok2 ajak aihh.

The fake pregnancy of Shibata unfold the new experience for her. Things getting harder and Shibata appeared unwell and mentally wrecked. From being a  lonely woman who is looking for a way out of her mundane life due to long working hours, she is now becoming the lonely pregnant woman that has to go through things alone. This part is sedih sebenarnya. The author kinda exposing the sad truth behind the journey of expecting mother yang buat semua benda sorang2 — terpaksa go through the pregnancy process tanpa suami disisi — sik kesahlah atas sebab kerja hakiki mahupun sebab lelaki ya siktauk erti ataupun tiba-tiba pregnant macam Shibata tok 😅

Such luxury, such loneliness. She begins to believe her own lie and she has to face the consequences. This book is weirdly interesting. It touches on many relatable things in life. Setiap apa yang kita polah pasti ada kesannya. Jadi fikirlah sebaik-baiknya sebelum buat sesuatu. 

The Synopsis

When thirty-four-year-old Ms. Shibata gets a new job in Tokyo to escape sexual harassment at her old one, she finds that, as the only woman at her new workplace--a company that manufactures cardboard tubes--she is expected to do all the menial tasks. One day she announces that she can't clear away her colleagues' dirty cups--because she's pregnant and the smell nauseates her. The only thing is . . . Ms. Shibata is not pregnant.

Pregnant Ms. Shibata doesn't have to serve coffee to anyone. Pregnant Ms. Shibata isn't forced to work overtime. Pregnant Ms. Shibata rests, watches TV, takes long baths, and even joins an aerobics class for expectant mothers. But pregnant Ms. Shibata also has a nine-month ruse to keep up. Helped along by towel-stuffed shirts and a diary app on which she can log every stage of her "pregnancy," she feels prepared to play the game for the long haul. Before long, though, the hoax becomes all-absorbing, and the boundary between her lie and her life begins to dissolve.

A surreal and wryly humorous cultural critique, Diary of a Void is bound to become a landmark in feminist world literature.

Title: Diary of A Void 
Author: Emi Yagi
Publication Date: January 1, 2020
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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