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Laskar Pelangi (Tetralogi Laskar Pelangi #1)


Laskar Pelangi (Tetralogi Laskar Pelangi #1)

by Andrea Hirata

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

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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

  1. Goodreads 

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)
If it were not so gently told, this story would also be a savage critique of corporate greed and government corruption, but it's easy enough for the reader to see the grotesque gap between rich and poor without having it spelt out.
Kerryn Goldsworthy   in The Rainbow Troops (Sydney Morning Herald, Feb 23, 2013)

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