By Andrea Hirata
From Indonesia, an inspiring, record-breaking bestseller―and a modern day fairy tale
Published in Indonesia in 2005, The Rainbow Troops, Andrea Hirata's heavily autobiographical debut novel, offered greater than 5 million copies, shattering files. Now it grants to captivate audiences round the globe.
Ikal is a scholar on the poorest village institution at the Indonesian island of Belitong, the place graduating from 6th grade is taken into account striking. His college is below consistent risk of closure. Ikal and his friends―a workforce nicknamed the Rainbow Troops―face threats from each perspective: skeptical govt officers, grasping enterprises, deepening poverty, crumbling infrastructure, and their very own low self-confidence.
however the scholars even have wish, which is available in the shape of 2 outstanding lecturers, and Ikal's schooling out and in of the study room is an uplifting one. We root for him as he defies the island's tin mine officers. We meet his past love, the unseen woman who sells chalk from at the back of a store display, whose beautiful arms seize Ikal's middle. We cheer for Lintang, the class's barefoot math genius, as he bests the scholars of the mining corporation's college in an instructional problem. specifically, we achieve an intimate acquaintance with the customs and folks of the world's greatest Muslim society.
this can be vintage storytelling within the spirit of Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner: an engrossing depiction of a milieu now we have by no means encountered sooner than, bursting with appeal and verve.
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