BUKU INI TIDAK DIJUAL (The Book Was (Not) For Sale)

Buku Ini Tidak Dijual

 

Kisahnya berkisar pada pencarian koleksi buku-buku Padi, seorang lelaki paruh baya. Koleksi buku-buku Padi dijual paksa oleh bapaknya kepada seorang pengumpul barang-barang bekas. Padi, yang baru tiba di rumah bapaknya, bersikeras agar buku-buku itu dicari kembali karena buku-bukunya tidak dijual.

 

Padi sangat mencintai buku-bukunya. Ia sama sekali tak membolehkan satu pun bukunya dijual. Ia menyuruh Gading, putra semata wayangnya, untuk mencari buku-bukunya lagi. Jika Gading tidak bisa mendapatkan kembali buku-buku itu, maka Padi akan menjual koleksi gitar Gading. Gading mencari buku-buku itu bersama Kingkin, sepupunya. Proses pencariannya yang berliku-liku, membuat saya gemas. Terlebih membaca kekeraskepalaan Padi. Padahal, buku-bukunya itu dijual ke tempat-tempat mulia: sekolah dan bakti sosial. Kenapa sih buku-bukunya tidak boleh dijual?

 

Gading pun sempat bertanya-tanya mengapa ayahnya begitu bersikeras menginginkan bukunya kembali? Buku-buku itu adalah buku-buku lama yang sudah tidak dibaca kembali. Ia bahkan kerepotan harus membersihkan buku-buku itu dari debu. Kakeknya pun menyebut buku itu sebagai “rosok” alias rongsokan. Toh, buku-buku itu dijual ke sekolah-sekolah yang membutuhkan. Kalaupun sekadar menjadi pembungkus tempe, buku-buku itu tetap lebih bermanfaat daripada hanya menghuni lemari berdebu.

 

“Buku-buku pelajaran itu adalah saksi bisu perjuangan bagi para murid sekolah. Ketika mereka dewasa, telah bekerja, telah menemui takdir masing-masing, telah berkeluarga, bahkan mungkin melanglang buana ke seluruh penjuru dunia, mereka akan ingat bahwa segala yang mereka peroleh sekarang ini dulunya berawal dari titik ini. Dari rumah, dari sekolah kecil mereka. Buku-buku itu saksinya. Tulisan semrawut, tidak rapi, dan buruk rupa itu adalah hasil coretan mereka. Ketika memori itu telah mulai meninggalkan mereka, buku-buku itu membantu mereka memanggil kembali memori itu. Dan itulah yang membuat mereka tersenyum di hari tua.”


The story was about the searching of Padi’s book collection. Padi was a middle aged man. His collection was sold forcefully by his father to secondhand collector. Padi who just arrived at his father’s home insisted to find the books back because they were not for sale.

Padi loved his books so much. He would not allow any of his books to be sold. He asked his only son, Gading to find his books. If Gading did not find them, Padi would sell his guitar collection. Gading searched the books with Kingkin, his cousin. The searching was unbelievaly complicated that irritated me as the reader. Moreover, Padi was extremely stubborn. As the matter of the fact, the books were sold to the good places; schools and social charity. So, why shouldn’t the book be sold?

Gading was wondering why his father insisted to have the books back. The books were the old stuff and no longer read. He even had to clean the books from the dust. His grandfather called them as ‘waste’ or garbage. The books were sold to the needed schools instead. Though they would be used as tempeh wrapper, the books were much useful rather than saved in dusty cabinet.

“The Subject Books were the silent witnesses of the students fighting for the education. When they had grown up, had their own job, had met their destiny, had the families, even had traveled around the world, they would remember that everything they got now was started from this point. Started from their house, their small schools. The books were the witnesses. Illegible, scrawny, and scribble handwriting was their own efforts. When the memories left them, the books helped to recall them back. And that what made them smile in their retiring days.”

 

Title                 : The Book Was (Not) For Sale

Writer              : Henny Alifah

Publisher         : Indiva Media Kreasi

Publisher Year : First Copy, March 2015

Book Pages     : 192 Pages

ISBN               : 978-602-1614-48-8

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