A Random Blog of Everything I like
Last year, I have mentioned that I will celebrate my 1000th post with a give away. I promised to give my favorite Indonesian book to anyone interested.
Although my post is not yet 1000 (This is my 925th), I have decided to join this wonderful Literary Giveaway Bloghop hosted by Judith of Leeswammes. I think of it as early celebration 😉
The story was based on true story, it was based on the author’s childhood memory. What I like the most about this book, apart from the story, is the language…it was written in beautiful and polite Indonesian language. Andrea Hirata had to search the perfect translator that can translate the language correctly. I haven’t read the English version yet, here’s a quote from the book:
I felt anxious. Anxious because of the restless Bu Mus, and because of the sensation of my father’s burden spreading over my entire body. Although he seemed friendly and at ease this morning, his rough arm hanging around my neck gave away his quick heartbeat.
Here is the summary taken from Squidoo.com (I wrote my review in Indonesian language,therefore I cant link my review)
This a story about Indonesians struggling for education told from the narration of Ikal – a curly little boy living in Belitong Island. Ikal and his surroundings were a portrait of marginalized society, sank in poverty and faced discrimination, include in education accessibility. His school, SD Muhammadiyah, was the oldest elementary-school in Belitong, but at that time threatened by closure as a result from lack student’s quota. Heavy poverty had gripped its jaws to Belitong people, made them preferred to labor their underage children for supporting family than pursuing education.
Fortunately, SD Muhammadiyah had Harfan and Muslimah, two idealist teachers giving their best to teach their last pupils, 10 poor kids whom later called as Laskar Pelangi (Rainbow Toops). They struggled together for pursuing their dreams among the limitations they faced, and the journey was so ironically beautiful. Ikal was a portrait of poor tin-miner’s son, with average intelligence yet high spirit, whom later could pursue his education higher, while Lintang was a fisherman’s son who was naturally genious yet his steps stopped by the claws of poverty.
Beside our two main heroes, there are other stories about Harfan, Muslimah, other members of Laskar Pelangi, and Belitong society. All of them gave glimpses to readers about the life of Belitong people in 70’s era. Laskar Pelangi is truly an evocative story about marginalized people pursuing dreams and education, revealing in exciting combination of caricature and literary style by Andrea Hirata.
This book has been made int movie, you can see how shabby the school was through this trailer
If you are interested to peek into Indonesian life, do join this giveaway. The rules are quite simple:
This is very important!! Because I want a winner who REALLY wants to read this book instead of anyone who just jumps along with no real interest, I made this special rule:
I will not contact the winner through email…I will announce the winner on July 1, you need to come and check whether you win it or not. This way, I could tell your seriousness to read the book.
If the winner doesn’t claim his/her book in 2 days, I will draw it again…and so on until a winner claims the book.
Thank you and hope you will enjoy the book as much as I am 🙂
List with all the Participants: