“Hirata’s writing is as brilliant, beautiful, remarkable, and engrossing as the characters and the world he brings us. If you’ve ever been afraid to dream, or disbelieved in the true power of learning, read The Rainbow Troops and you’ll be changed by the two guardians and their small number of students, whose intelligence and vibrancy will intoxicate you. This is a treasure from one of the largest Muslim societies in the world.” —Ishmael Beah, author of A Long Way Gone
“The Rainbow Troops is a charming, funny, moving story about growing up and going to school on the island of Belitong in Indonesia. The Rainbow Troops are students in a poor, beleaguered village school, run by a pair of courageous and generous teachers who protect and champion their tiny class. I loved reading these stories about brave, smart, resourceful kids, set in a magical landscape that includes clouds, crocodiles, and shamans, as well as tin mining, politics, and regional school competitions.” —Roxana Robinson, author of Cost
Andrea Hirata is an Indonesian writer. He was a participant in the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa in 2010. His first novel, The Rainbow Troops (Laskar Pelangi), sold more than five million copies in Indonesia, making him the country’s bestselling writer of all time, as well as its first to enjoy truly international success: The Rainbow Troops has been published or is forthcoming in twenty-three countries and counting. Hirata has written three sequels to The Rainbow Troops: Sang Pemimpi (The Dreamer), Edensor, and Maryama Karpov. He lives in Indonesia.
A simply written book that would appeal mostly to young children and anyone else wanting an easy read. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jason
Good book, good condition and received on time. Thank youPublished 10 months ago by yuliana syamsul
One of the best in todays "cut and past" novels.
This book is universal, touching all ages, ganders and nations.
I just finished the book and am still absorbing it, but I found this book extremely absorbing, following the school years of ten Indonesian children on a small island of Indonesia. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sam LaFoy
Although the author raised my awareness of life and poverty in Indonesia, his tale faded at the end into a diatribe about the lack of education in the country. Read morePublished 11 months ago by M. J. Casey
I enjoyed the story very much, take me to another place where life is worth living even if it takes work. A good story about the true bonds of how friendships should be.Published 17 months ago by Monalee
The minute I started reading this book I realised I had to put everything on hold for the day! Andrea Hirata's story about growing up in a small Village on a small Island in... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Bella
A heartwarming, novel which is basically an autobiography of a poor Indonesian boy who grows up to achieve his dream with the support of 2 wonderful teachers.Published 23 months ago by Katherine Dixon
I want to love this book because it is written with such heart. I was in tears by the second chapter. Read morePublished on May 17, 2013 by Worldreader