The Rainbow Troops: Knowledge, Faith and Courage
“The rainbow troops” is set in the 80s, on the beautiful island – Belitong, Indonesia. The story of 10 boys and their teachers wrote beautiful things about human love, knowledge, beliefs and courage here. The story has taken away the tears of anyone who reads it.
The story is about the lives of poor people on Belitong. Here, children do not go to school because they can make more money from cutting incense. So school is something strange to the poor Belitong, they claim that learning is only for rich children. For large families, allowing them to work early in the Chinese store, or at the tin mining site for economic support, it is even more feasible for them to go to school, because it is expensive and at no cost.
The harsh truth portrayed at the beginning of the story, right on the start of the new school year, only 9 children went to school. The feeling of joy quickly gave way to anxiety, whose face was filled with tears. Their hopes of being able to go to school have not been fulfilled yet, because Muhammadiyah school must have at least 10 students to continue their activities. Luckily, Harun appeared, a boy with congenital intellectual disabilities, Muhammadiyah school escaped closure.
Even if they were allowed to continue teaching, teachers and students still had to face many difficulties, the old school, which had a slump of 120 years, only one wind blowing will collapse at any time. There was nothing in the class, an empty display cabinet, no learning model, no globe, Indonesian flag and national emblem. And Samadikun’s inspector is always waiting to close the school.
10 students are all poor families, their parents only work from morning to night to support their families. From the beginning, no father and mother were excited to take their children to school. Black children with shaggy hair, limbs and limbs, necks and necks, legs with car tires, they don’t have a compass, a ruler and a caculator. However, the spirit of learning and diligence, hard work, even rich children are hard to get.
I was disappointed that so many intelligent children were forced to leave school for economic reasons. I cursed all of the stupid people who arrogantly acted smart. I hated those children of the rich who threw away their educations.—- Chapter 46, “His Third Promise” —-
It is the poor life that motivates them to go to school. For them learning is not too scary but a door to the magical world. The children receive learning with all the enthusiasm and seriousness. Lintang – a special “warrior” in class still rides a total of 40 kilometers to school every day, crossing 4 crocodile swamp forests. The bike was so worn that the short chain had not been attached. Once he had to sell his parents’ wedding rings to buy new intestines and chains. Despite the dificulty, Lintang is the hardest and smartest. To go to school sometimes has to disregard life, but he always comes soon. He made a promise to his father, filled out a sign of parent information when he learned the word – because his father couldn’t read. And every school year he stood first.
“Lintang was very rational; Mahar was a daydreamer. Mahar was easily inspired by just about anything. Like Lint- ang, Mahar also was a true genius—just a different kind of genius. This kind of genius isn’t easily understood by most people and is rarely considered “intelligent” by ordinary people’s standards.”—– “The rainbow troops” – Andrea Hirata —-
More than third – four of the book is a difficult but fun-filled date, but the last part of “The rainbow troops” makes the reader unable to hold back tears, because the book contains the friendship of friends and teachers. At that poor island, Mr. Harfan and Ms. Mus helped poor literate children. These children are always together, overcoming all hardships. After all, the book is not a brilliant, colorful world, it is truly life.
Is life a twist of fate? Who will keep the fire of dreams that lit up in that poor school? Does a rainbow strip make these children rise above the mud of poverty? Those questions will be answered in turn by the author through each page of his book most naturally. This is indeed a book worth reading and once again, it affirms the talent of Andrea Hirata.