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, bought greater than 5 million copies, shattering files. Now it delivers 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 impressive. His tuition is below consistent risk of closure. Ikal and his friends―a team nicknamed the Rainbow Troops―face threats from each attitude: skeptical executive officers, grasping businesses, deepening poverty, crumbling infrastructure, and their very own low self-confidence.
however the scholars even have desire, which is available in the shape of 2 amazing lecturers, and Ikal's schooling out and in of the school room is an uplifting one. We root for him as he defies the island's tin mine officers. We meet his old flame, the unseen lady who sells chalk from in the back of a store display, whose lovely palms trap Ikal's center. We cheer for Lintang, the class's barefoot math genius, as he bests the scholars of the mining corporation's tuition in an instructional problem. in particular, we achieve an intimate acquaintance with the customs and other people of the world's biggest Muslim society.
this can be vintage storytelling within the spirit of Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner: an engrossing depiction of a milieu we've got by no means encountered sooner than, bursting with allure and verve.
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