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Reviews – Comments on The Rainbow Troops

“I am fascinated by [Andrea]’s capacity to write […] a work inspired by where he comes from, […] such a talented young writer – Thomas Keneally, the author of Schindler’s Ark, filmed by Steven Spielberg as Schindler’s List, an Oscar winning movie. (Read More…)

“…Andrea Hirata’s The Rainbow Troops is such an upper, …remarkable narrative. This is such a major work—the most successful novel in Indonesian publishing—that it will quickly become a cherished work for book clubs around the world.I adored The Rainbow Troops.” – Charles R. Larson is Emeritus Professor of Literature at American University in Washington, D.C.(Read More…)

“A wonderful tale about what a pack of schoolkids, two caring teachers and a powerful sense of hope can achieve. I loved it.” -Vikas Swarup, The Author of International Bestseller-Slumdog Millionaire – 

“Andrea Hirata’s closely autobiographical debut novel[…]promises to captivate audiences across the globe. 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 Farrar,  Straus and Giroux, New York

“This fine story about strength and resilience against the odds, and the power of hope… seems only a matter of time before a director brings this story to cinemas in the West.” The Economist, February 2013

“A book that not only warms the heart and lifts the spirit, but excites the mind as well. Truly, a page turner like no other. Once you start reading about these terrific kids, the ‘rainbow troops’, and their extraordinary young teacher, you just won’t be able to stop.” – Kate Veitch, the Author of “Listen” and “Trust” 

“A brilliant narrator…” – German newspaper, Frankfurter Rundschau, February 18, 2013

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, The Author of International Bestseller, 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, The Author of New York Times Bestseller, Cost

“The Rainbow Troops is a powerful work of the imagination,which explores love, friendship, and the importance of education with uncommon wisdom and wit…a book of treasure!” -Christopher Merril, Director of International Writing Program, University of Iowa, USA

“A  masterful story teller”– Sarah Crichton,  New York

Laskar Pelangi is a love letter to a teacher and to the value of education. Reading this wonderful book is like sitting with Andrea Hirata in atraditional coffee shop on his remote island home of Belitong, Indonesia. In the tropical warmth we listen to his vivid recollections of the people he loved and the times that made him. Any kids who are taking their educational opportunities for granted should read this book. It has the power to change lives” – Cynthia Webb, columnist, Australia  (The Jakarta Post)

“I can think of no other book that has captured the hearts of so many Indonesians. The Rainbow Troops  is a heart-moving tale of family, friendship, community and the inspiration to be found in those who care”Janet de Neefe, Founder of Ubud Writers and Readers Festival

“Regarded as Indonesia’s greatest living writer” –Byron News, Australia

“From Indonesia, an inspiring, record-breaking bestseller-and a modern fairy tale”Amazon.com

“Incredibly moving and full of hope, Rainbow Troops swept Indonesia off its feet, selling over five million copies and becoming the highest-selling book in its history. It will sweep you away too”Penguin

.“Inspiring and closely autobiographical tale… Ikal and his band of plucky cohorts face obstacles large and small, and the reader can’t help but root for them to get the education-and life-they deserve. The setting is as compelling and memorable as the characters, and a rare window into a world we know little about” -Harper Collins

“A rising star on Indonesian literary map” – The Jakarta Post

“Herkesin anlatacak bir oykusu vardiir. Andrea kendi oykusunu son derece basit, sade ve insanin icine isleyen bir dille anlatmis. Kitaptaki karakterler olasilikla bir sekilde hepimizin yasaminda yer almis kisiler. Umarim oykulerini anlatacak onun gibi baskalari da cikar.
Everybody has a story to tell. Andrea has told his in a simple, plain and poignant style. The characters in the book are the same as those who have possibly touched our own lives. I just hope others follow in his wake to tell their own stories).” – Murat Kayi, Turkish literature figure