The Indonesian record-breaking bestseller, in the tradition of Slumdog Millionaire and Shantaram.
pessimistic, corrupt government officials; greedy corporations hardly distinguishable from the colonialism they've replaced; deepening poverty and crumbling infrastructure; and their own festering 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.
an engrossing depiction of a world not often encountered, bursting with charm and verve.
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 2nd January 2013
Publisher: Random House Australia
Edition Number: 1