Book Reviews

My Father is not a superhero

“In “My Father is Not a Superhero (He’s My Angel)”, we are transported into the mesmerizing world of Dwijo Atmojo. This young boy, born in the heart of a humble village as a farmer’s son, stands tall against societal expectations that threaten to clip his wings. Amidst a backdrop where farmer’s children often see their futures limited by birthright, Dwijo’s fiery ambition and unyielding spirit showcase that dreams know no boundaries. This tale is more than just a pursuit of aspirations—it’s a celebration of breaking chains and believing that one’s origins don’t set the limits for their skies.”

In the picturesque village of Bedagas, Dwijo’s story unfolds amidst the rustic fields and old traditions. Born into a simple farming family, economic challenges never deterred them, especially Mujeni, Dwijo’s stalwart father, who believed education was the golden key to a brighter future. And then there was Suwati, Dwijo’s inspirational older sister, whose unwavering encouragement became the backbone of his journey towards higher education. Dive into a tale where dreams transcend boundaries, and family becomes the strongest pillar of support.

In the school hallways of judgment and classrooms echoing with whispers, Dwijo stands tall against the tide. Mocked for his roots and tested by bullies, his determination never wavers. Each challenge only sharpens his focus, leading him to an opportunity of a lifetime: a scholarship to college. With Suwati, his sister, championing his cause and imploring their father to back this dream, Dwijo’s journey becomes an enthralling testament to perseverance, where hope and heartbreak dance, but dreams never fade.

The story also highlights Dwijo’s relationship with his friend, Joko, who becomes a source of support and inspiration for him. Despite facing obstacles and ridicule from less understanding friends, Dwijo remains steadfast in his determination. He strives to build his future by seizing the educational opportunities given to him. He’s not just seeking a degree but aiming to redefine his destiny, turning adversities into stepping stones towards a brighter, promising future.

After obtaining bachelor’s and master’s degrees with top honors, Dwijo returns to his village as a lecturer and embraces a role in inspiring and assisting students and the surrounding community. Through this, he fulfills his father’s dream and instills hope in the next generation to achieve their own dreams.

At the heart of this narrative lies an unwavering message: the profound impact of determination, relentless spirit, and the foundational support of family and friends in sculpting one’s destiny. In a world where societal norms often cast long, inhibiting shadows, trying to dictate one’s journey, it’s the individual’s fierce drive and ceaseless efforts that stand out. This story serves as a compelling testament to the idea that with passion, hard work, and a support system, even the loftiest dreams can be plucked from the skies and made a living reality.

The poignant title, “My Father is Not a Superhero,” captures the soul of the story. By its end, as Dwijo Atmojo stands at the pinnacle of his success, he faces the heart-wrenching loss of his father but Dwijo Atmojo’s father passes away with a sense of pride. The narrative beautifully underscores the truth: heroes don’t always wear capes and are not immune to life’s inevitable endings. This is not a tale of an immortal superhero, but of a real, loving father who left behind a legacy of pride.

You can read this book in English at: My Father Is Not A Superhero

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