The Firework-Maker’s Daughter [Philip Pullman]


Penulis/Author: Philip Pullman (1995)

Ilustrasi/Illustrator: Peter Bailey (2004)

Penerbit/Publisher: Corgi Yearling

Cetakan/Edition: Reissued 14th, 2004

Kategori/Category: Fiction

ISBN: 0-440-86640-5 

The first thing that strucked me from the book is the idea. It’s just unusual and very imaginative! Who would have written about a fireworks-maker and his daughter? Pullman said he was inspired by the the funky names of fireworks, hence the sweet reading. Indeed, the names used for fireworks inside the book are very funny! This book is a winner of Gold Smarties Prize Award in 1995.

Lila set herself off to Mount Merapi in order to get the Royal Sulphur, the requirement to be a firemaker. Since young, she had helped her father to make fireworks, she even created some new ones. But until she has the Royal Sulphur, she cannot call herself a “Firework-Maker”.

Lila’s father, Lalchand, didn’t deliberately tell her what is the requirement to be a firemaker. He actually planned to keep it a secret. Without realising it, he gave away the secret to Lila’s friend, Chulak, who then told Lila about it. The thing is, Lalchand didn’t tell everything in detail, thus Lila may now be in danger.

Climbing herself to Mount Merapi, Lila ignores the burn hands and feet. She is very determined to meet Razvani, the Fire-Fiend, to ask him the Royal Sulphur. She almost kills herself because she doesn’t have the magic water from the Goddess of the Emerald Lake. She also doesn’t know she has to bring the Three Gifts when meeting Razvani. Her journey climbing Mount Merapi is almost wasted. But Chulak and Hamlet, the white elephant, do their best to find and help Lila. They went to the Emerald Lake to get the magic water and then bring it to Lila in time. She still doesn’t have the Three Things to be given to Razvani but she finally passed the walking-in-the-fire test.

While Chulak and Hamlet chase Lila, Lalchand is seized by the King’s soldiers for helping Chulak to steal Hamlet. The King orders a death penalty. With Hamlet’s plea, Lalchand and Lila are given time to prepare themselves for a grand contest against the very bests. If they win, they are free. If they lose, Lalchand is dead.

I realised that Pullman always include things from Indonesia on his two novels that I read. Although I cannot decide what suppose to be the location for this novel, but Pullman uses Mount Merapi as Lila’s destination. He also uses batik, Java and sarong inside the novel. Previously on “The Scarecrow & His Servant” he used Borneo and Orang utan :). These are small things but somehow it matters to me and it increases my appreciation for Pullman, adding into my respect for his imaginative minds. Click here to read the excerpt. And oh, about the Three Gifts, the whole book actually represents them in longer descriptions ;).

5 thoughts on “The Firework-Maker’s Daughter [Philip Pullman]

  1. wah, ada buku Phillip Pulman lagi nih :)

    Aku cuma pernah baca yang trilogi His Dark Material aja. Itu jg karena ada e-book nya. Habis kan susah carinya kalau di sini, hehehehe (plus kalau ada juga muahaaallll ^.^ )

    Wah, seru juga nih yah, setting nya di Gunung Merapi. Uf, ternyata Gunung Merapi bukan hanya tempatnya nenek lampir dong, hehehe

    Wah, asik nih, boleh deh dimasukin ke wish list ku ntar (glek glek glek)

    Tapi, nama tokoh utamanya, Lila, mirip banget dengan tokoh di His Dark Material, namanya Lyra.

  2. abis ini ada satu lagi, skrg lg dibaca. tipis kok, mudah2an bisa selesai dlm sekejap biar gak tertunda-tunda. aku malah belum nemu “His Dark Material” nantilah berburu kalo tabungan udah numpuk lagi hehe… skalian Asterix juga belum kebeli tuh yg terakhir, padahal udah mo setaun beredar. aku pikir Lila biar agak ‘njawani gitu eh kok bapaknya Lalchand, trus temennya Chulak. jadi bingung mereka orang mana sebetulnya. ilustrasinya kaya orang Mongol ato Cina gitu. belum lagi Chulak menabung buat pindah ke India waaah makin ga jelas mereka ada dimana ^_^ pusiiiing! hahahaha…

  3. Waaah…aku malah belum pernah baca buku Phillip Pullman…belum pernah nemu..ntar deh coba cari..kayanya seru ya..Btw, ada hubungannya ga si Razvani ama ngamuknya merapi kemaren…hehe…Happy (almost) weekend rey!

  4. aku beli buku Philip Pullman waktu lagi yearly diskon, nggak ngeh dia siapa ngarang apa. abis The Scarecrow baru nemu yang ini sama yang satunya lagi cuman $5-an. langsung buru-buru beli deh dan ternyata buku-bukunya asyik!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s