Rainbow Troops Novel

Describe a book that had a major influence on you. What is the name of the book and the author? How did you first hear of the book? What’s the main story of the book?

I would like to describe about a novel which has major influence to me. That is Laskar Pelangi or Rainbow Troops in English edition. It was written by Andrea Hirata, and it was published in Indonesia in 2005.

I heard the book from my friend who is a novels collector. He told me that this book was a best seller novel and so inspiring. This book was based on Writer’s experience.

The main story about this novel tells about ikal, who is a student at the poorest village school in belitong, Indonesia. His school is under constant threat of closure. Ikal and his friends-a group nicknamed 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, finally, can continue his study at Sorbonne University, France. Above all, we gain many insight about struggle to get education and pursue our dreams.

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