In Ayat-ayat Cinta 2, Fahri is now living in Edinburgh and has been working as a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. But there’s something not quite right. He’s alone with his Turkish assistant, Hulusi.
Well, that’s what this book is all about. It’s about Fahri’s life after Aishah went missing in Gaza, Palestine. I read the book more than three times, but not as many time as I’ve read Ayat-Ayat Cinta. Maybe because the lessons in this book were not as many as in the first book.
In Ayat-ayat Cinta 2, Fahri was missing his wife, and he misses her dearly. Aishah has been missing for two years and still Fahri hope and waits for her return. Fahri, as always, keeps an eye forward, putting his best into his work, as a lecturer, and also interestingly enough as a businessman. Which I would comment further later on.
In the first book, he took a second wife after marrying Aishah, and in this book, he did the same. You can’t fault his thinking, and he still loves and waits for Aishah to return. But after two years, maybe it’s time for him to move on.
The narration of the story was so well written that I can vividly imagine myself in Fahri’s shoes. Although I don’t want to end up in the same situation as his. It is a predicament I do not wish to endure.
My criticism of Ayat-Ayat Cinta 2
✘ How on Earth, an Indonesian, who never run a business, who studied clergy in Al-Azhar knows how to run a business? He seems to do it effortlessly as well. One of the parts that make the novel a tad unrealistic.
✘ Again, every woman in the book seems to fall in love with him. Seriously, why? There must be a reason. I must have missed something.
✘Aishah did nothing. She didn’t go back to her husband, who by the way is a model of how a perfect man might behave. I really can’t understand her logic. And she is, as the novel indicates, an educated and brilliant woman.
✘Fahri charitable act, although I admire it, seems unlimited. He seems to have an unlimited amount of cash to throw around.
There’s some part of the book I didn’t agree with. But I really love the strength of character demonstrated by Fahri, even if I think he truly is, unrealistic.
Read my review of ayat-ayat cinta 1.