The Rainbow Troops

Book Story / Review

About Laskar Pelangi (Tetralogi Laskar Pelangi #1), The Rainbow Troops: A Novel,
Written by Kerryn Goldsworthy, and was originally published in The Sydney Morning Herald,
Feb 23, 2013


WHEN it comes to learning about Indonesia from fiction, most Australian readers won’t have gone much further than Christopher Koch’s 1978 novel, The Year of Living Dangerously. It is a wonderful and important book, but part of its point is that it presents an outsider’s view. The Rainbow Troops, written in Indonesian and first published in 2005, is very much the view from inside: it’s an autobiographical novel in which Andrea Hirata recalls his childhood on the island of Belitong, where he attended the village school.

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