The Rainbow Troops: A Novel

From Indonesia, an inspiring, record-breaking bestseller--and a modern-day fairy tale

Published in Indonesia in 2005, The Rainbow Troops, Andrea Hirata's closely autobiographical debut novel, sold more than

five million copies, shattering records. Now it promises to captivate audiences around the globe.

Ikal is a student at the poorest village school on the Indonesian island of Belitong, where graduating from sixth grade

is considered remarkable. His school is under constant threat of closure. Ikal and his friends--a group nicknamed the Rainbow

Troops--face threats from every angle: skeptical government officials, greedy corporations, deepening poverty, crumbling

infrastructure, and their own low self-confidence.

But the students also have hope, which comes in the form of two extraordinary teachers, and Ikal's education in and out

of the classroom is an uplifting one. We root for him as he defies the island's tin mine officials. We meet his first love,

the unseen girl who sells chalk from behind a shop screen, whose pretty hands capture Ikal's heart. We cheer for Lintang,

the class's barefoot math genius, as he bests the students of the mining corporation's school in an academic challenge. Above

all, we gain an intimate acquaintance with the customs and people of the world's largest Muslim society.

This is classic storytelling in the spirit of Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner an engrossing depiction of a milieu we have

never encountered before, bursting with charm and verve.

The Rainbow Troops: A Novel - Chiến Binh Cầu Vồng

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Tác giả: Andrea Hirata
Số trang: 304 Kích thước: 14 x 21 cm Ngày xuất bản: 01-2014 Nhà xuất bản: Sarah Crichton Books Công ty Phát hành: Macmillan Publishers