“2” is the second novel which has written by Donny Dhirgantoro. This novel is published by Grasindo which is one of the big publishers in Indonesia. This is a new novel that brings out in 2011. Donny created new idea which was different with the first novel, “5 cm”. In “5 cm” is about friendship, but here is about a family.
“2” tells about a girl who fights to live by playing badminton. She has limit of her life because she get a disease, obesities. Her illness couldn’t be cured as there is no medicine that be found to heal it while her weigh increases steadily. The family has informed the illness to her when she is 18 years old and she is very shocked knowing the fact. On the contrary, she wants to fight it. She doesn’t want to see her family crying for her, no more tears. In addition, she has a dream which she becomes the winner of badminton tournament like her sister as she thought that by this way it will make her family happy. She is a girl who never gives up even though her age is predicted less than 25 years. She tries to make her weakness be her strength. Till someday, she practices to playing badminton everyday and her coach ask her reason why she want to play badminton. She answers that on the one hand she desires to make her family happy and the other reason is she want to live longer than the prediction as by practicing every day it will burn her fat so her weigh doesn’t rise. One day, her dream comes true that she joins in international badminton tournament. However, she get headache and can’t breathe easily like when did practice before, so she had to hospitalize. Will she be able to continue and become the winner in this tournament? Just believe that everyone is born twice and to be brave is the way to get what we want to reach.
For the second times, Donny gives a story that is about dreams. It is very great to grow the spirit of dreamers up. By simple words that he used in “2”, the readers can understand easier and learn many lessons from this novel. Furthermore, I can say that this novel is inspiring and motivating novel which teaches us to fight in this life as the writer says in this novel “only a coward who wants perfect life” and there are others wise words. The title of this novel is unique since only by reading this novel someone will know what the meaning of “2” is. Supported by the cover which is design very casual but interesting makes everyone curious about the story.
In contrast, several spellings and punctuation in this novel need re-corrected, so that the readers will not get problem to know what the writer means. Moreover, it will be good if the illness in this story explains scientifically not only describes a half which it is unclear for the readers. Though there are a few weaknesses in this novel, 2 is one of the nice novels that I have read.
Dhirgantoro, D. (2011). 2. Jakarta: Grasindo.