Some years ago, maybe like 3 or 4 years ago (I forget the exact year, I’m sorry), there’s a novel from Indonesia that capture so many attention. That novel is LASKAR PELANGI (Rainbow Warrior).
The story is focused on the life in Timah – Belitong, an island in Indonesia. IKAL, the main character that represents Andrea Hirata, the novel’s writer himself. His poor family condition doesn’t keep his father to give IKAL a proper education. IKAL was sent to the village school that far from the standard of education. The school only has 10 students. But fortunately, in this school, IKAL learned many important things in his life. More than learning how to read, count or even being a champion. With all member of Laskar Pelangi (Rainbow Warriors) : MAHAR (an exentric artist), LINTANG (the genius one), TRAPANI (a mother complex), SAMSON (the bulk), SAHARA (the only girl), KUCAI (talkative), HARUN (who always trapped in his childhood life), SYAHDAN (the loser), and A KIONG (brother of IKAL’s first love), he lived his school life that full of surprised. Defeating another school in carnival contest, debating a professor in debate contest, until searching for FLO, child from the rich family, who finally join in Rainbow Warrior’s school. They did a lot of craziness, almost everyday. Even crossing the sea to find a shaman loved by MAHAR and FLO. But everything has an end. Economic condition became main forces that separated them. This novel is a great reading for those who searching for the meaning of life itself.