Sebelas Patriot

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It’s Andrea Hirata‘s seventh novel, and his fifth book I read after his famous tetralogy “Laskar Pelangi” (The Rainbow Troops).

Overall, I pretty enjoy reading the tetralogy. The story was set in Belitung, an island in Indonesia. My parents are from Bangka, an island next to Belitung. Both island are in the same province called Bangka-Belitung now, and both island use similar language. That might be one thing that make the book interesting for me. The next book in the series is keep getting better than the earlier. So one day I stumble upon this one, and decided to read it, see if it’s as interesting.

Sebelas Patriot

Well, I have to say that it’s kinda not. Haha.

It’s not all bad. I just don’t get that excited feeling. Maybe because I’m not that into soccer which is what the novel is about. Maybe because the way Andrea tells it. Whatever it might be, I find it kind of boring.

I appreciate what he’s trying to say through this novel though. How soccer could mean a lot to someone. How it was once symbolized a fight against colonialism, and until now could still brought up a patriotic feeling in someone.

As you can see in the title, “Sebelas Patriot” (Eleven Patriots), the novel put the eleven player in a soccer team as a patriot, who is fighting in the name of their country.

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