Laskar Pelangi (Tetralogi Laskar Pelangi #1)

Book


by Andrea Hirata

Format: Paperback, Indonesian
534 page(s)
ISBN/ISBN13: /9793062797
Published Apr 01, 2008 by Bentang Pustaka

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Also see The Rainbow Troops: A Novel

Ikal is a student at Muhammadiyah Elementary, on the Indonesian island of Belitong, where graduating from sixth grade is considered a major achievement. His school is under constant threat of closure. In fact, Ikal and his friends – a group called The Rainbow Troops – face threats from every angle: pessimistic, corrupt government officials; greedy corporations hardly distinguishable from the colonialism they’ve replaced; deepening poverty and crumbling infrastructure; and their own faltering self-confidence. But in the form of two extraordinary teachers, they also have hope, and Ikal’s education is an uplifting one, in and out of the classroom.

You will cheer for Ikal and his friends as they defy the town’s powerful tin miners. Meet his first love – a hand with half-moon fingernails that passes him the chalk his teacher sent him to buy. You will roar in support of Lintang, the class’s barefoot maths genius, as he bests the rich company children in an academic challenge.1


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The Rainbow Troops is not a work of great literature. The writing is unpolished, the prose so simple as to verge on the pedestrian. But arguably its rough edges enhance its emotional appeal. The story feels real, clearly written by someone who had lived it.
Pallavi Aiyar in The Rainbow Troops: A Visit with Indonesia’s Bestselling Author (Los Angeles Review of Books, Aug 30, 2013)