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Jakarta Post

Balada Ching-Ching: Shot through the heart

  • Er Audy Zandri

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, July 25 2010   /  01:29 pm

Maggie Tiojakin is not funny. In fact she’s rather serious, particularly in making everything sound serious. While she doesn’t seem to have any intention of drawing tears from our eyes, her forte lies in the ability to give us that pause, making us stop for a moment to ponder life, and do so again after another read.And she’s really good at it. Maggie’s exploration of her surroundings breathes into most of her short stories the soul that’s deemed necessary to keep them afloat. Most of them are interesting, some of them unbearably heavy, but all of them deploy the perfect ingredients that work: not so long as to be boring and not too short to come up empty.Balada Ching - Ching could be the defining collection of Maggie’s best works so far: 13 short stories, including six published previously, one in schedule and others not specifically written for the collection. This is excel...