The Rainbow Troops Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Ikal is a student at Muhammadiyah Elementary, on the Indonesian island of Belitong, where graduating from sixth grade is considered a major achievement. His school is under constant threat of closure. In fact, Ikal and his friends - a group called The Rainbow Troops - face threats from every angle: pessimistic, corrupt government officials; greedy corporations hardly distinguishable from the colonialism they've replaced; deepening poverty and crumbling infrastructure; and their own faltering self-confidence. But in the form of two extraordinary teachers, they also have hope, and Ikal's education is an uplifting one, in and out of the classroom. You will cheer for Ikal and his friends as they defy the town's powerful tin miners. Meet his first love - a hand with half-moon fingernails that passes him the chalk his teacher sent him to buy. You will roar in support of Lintang, the class's barefoot maths genius, as he bests the rich company children in an academic challenge. First published in Indonesia, The Rainbow Troops went on to sell over 5 million copies. Now it is set to captivate listeners across the globe. This is classic storytelling: an engrossing depiction of a world not often encountered, bursting with charm and verve.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 31 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||01 September 2014|
|Publisher||Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 20,278 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
6 in Chinese Language Learning
22 in Chinese Language Learning for Children
41 in Chinese as a Second Language
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The book is structured in little stories that together tell this big compelling story. The characters are vivid and convincing, simply true. Some are presented with more detail than others but altogether they form the strong group bound by friendship and sharing ideals, the rainbow troops. The ambiance of the book, set in an exotic location and cultural set-up, just adds to it all.
Maybe in places it lacks a bit on the story line and credibility, but that's a minor detail, not weighing at all on the book's value. It's strength lays predominantly in the powerful messages it transpires. And there are many of them too?! Take this one with you: 'I have seen it everywhere: the most unfortunate in this world are the pessimistic'.
This story could be one of children anywhere - substitute the Indonesians on their island for South Africans in Soweto, Indians in rural areas, Indios in the Andes - its strength is in its universality. The struggle for an education for the poorest plays out everywhere, often under our very noses, without us thinking about it. This book reminds us of what should be a basic right for all children - to go to school and realise their potential. Those of us in the west, busy with our own rat race, would do well to stop a while and ponder why some people cannot get even a basic education.
My only concern is that the translation into English is not as good as it could be. For that reason alone four starts instead of five.