Title: Laskar Pelangi
Author: Andrea Hirata
Publisher: The Library Landscape
Publisher Year: 2005
Number of Pages: 534 pages
Andrea Hirata is an author best known for the 2005 novel Laskar Pelangi (The Rainbow Troops) and its sequels. Hirata was born in Gantung, Belitung, on 24 October; he has not made his year of birth public. While he was young, his parents changed his name seven times. They eventually settled on the name Andrea, while the name Hirata was given by his mother. He grew up in a poor family not far from a government-owned mine.
Hirata started his tertiary education with a degree in economics from the University of Indonesia. After receiving a scholarship from the European Union, he did his master’s degree in Europe, first at the University of Paris then at Sheffield Hallam University in Britain; his thesis dealt with telecommunications and the economy.
Hirata released Laskar Pelangi (The Rainbow Troops) in 2005. The novel, written in a period of six months, was based on his childhood experiences in Belitung; he later described it as “an irony about a lack of access to education for children in one of the world’s wealthiest islands.”. The novel went on to sell five million copies, with pirated editions selling 15 million more. It also spawned three sequels: Sang Pemimpi (The Dreamer), Edensor and Maryamah Karpov.
Laskar Pelangi was adapted into a film of the same name in 2008 by directors Riri Riza and Mira Lesmana; the film became the most-viewed Indonesian film of all time, being seen by 4.6 million viewers during its theatrical run. He also worked at the telecommunications company Telkom Indonesia, eventually quitting to focus on writing. In 2010 the international rights for the Laskar Pelangi tetralogy were bought by American agent Amer & Asia; the rights were later acquired by Kathleen Anderson Literary Management. Afterwards, Hirata opened a library in his hometown.
The novel work of Andrea Hirata contain 534 pages contains a very interesting story. The story is in this Novel is the true story of an author in pursuit of his dream to the French State. This lively story touted to be used as a very interesting Film by renowned Director Mira Lesmana and Riri Riza. This novel is able to make the reader feel like drifting and carried into the story inside.
Andrea Hirata is someone who likes to dream in the run of his life. However, the dream she would try to become a reality. In the Novel she’s more telling about his past in Belitong. So the story is in this Novel is true – true is the same as the original place of the occurrence of the incident. The language style of Andrea Hirata is considered good style and very interesting, in it besides using Indonesian Language also use Malay language which makes the reader look a little confusion and having to guess what the intent of the language. However, in every sense of the Malay language used there is always the lowest sentences, so after reading the sense of the language we can absorb the Malay language was once again a little less understandable.
There is a Groove in the Novel is a mix of Groove, but the dominant is plot forward. The author uses a first person perspective, because the author is a main character in this story. So, the story made the readers become curious and would like to finish read the novel quickly. The novel contains meaningful value for the readers. Andrea Hirata teaches us not to despair, if we want to achieve our dream. The way the author describes a character in the story is different in a way of commonly used by other Authors.
The main character of the story is named “Ikal”, he was a boy – a tough boy, clever, brave, and wants to learn for the sake of a dream that he likes to achieve. The character of “Lintang” is a boy – a very smart boy, genius, brave, but because of the condition that makes him dropping out of school. The character of “Mahar” was a boy – good in singing, intelligent, and likes a mystery stuff, Bu Mus is a woman who is very good person, wise, and a a good teacher for all of her students.
The story in Laskar Pelangi begins from the life of a boy named “Ikal”, who started the school with have to wait ten children who want to attend school, in Ikal’s school. With anxious Ikal, Sahara, Trapani, Leek, Syahdan, Mahar, Lintang, Borek, A kiong, Bu Mus, Mr.Harfan , and the parents waiting if there is one more person who would like to attend school in the Muhamaddiyah school, if i’s not up to ten children, then they will not be able to attend school. Because, Muhamaddiyah school will be ended. They wait for such a long time, finally a man witty was fifteen years old and had mentality problem saved his friend’s and also saved Muhamaddiyah school. Ikal and his friends was very happy, finally they could attending Muhamaddiyah school to achieve their dreams in Belitong.
The interesting thing about this Novel is this novel be able to awaken us to not desperate easily if we wanted to achieve a dream. Taught us to be good to others and want to help each other. In the novel, Andrea Hirata is so smart to slip some questions that always continue to be implied, from the beginning of the story until the end of the story there is a meaning in Malay language and how to read it. However, with all its beauty and pluses things, this Novel makes its readers got a little trouble because of the Malay language, the phrase and idioms in the sentence makes this story a little bit feels hard. However, this story remains alluring and full with deep meaningful value.
NABILLA NUR SHABRINA
XII SOCIAL 2