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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Trash - Andy Mulligan


In an unnamed Third World country, in the not-so-distant future, three “dumpsite boys” make a living picking through the mountains of garbage on the outskirts of a large city.

One unlucky-lucky day, Raphael finds something very special and very mysterious. So mysterious that he decides to keep it, even when the city police offer a handsome reward for its return. That decision brings with it terrifying consequences, and soon the dumpsite boys must use all of their cunning and courage to stay ahead of their pursuers. It’s up to Raphael, Gardo, and Rat—boys who have no education, no parents, no homes, and no money—to solve the mystery and right a terrible wrong.

Andy Mulligan has written a powerful story about unthinkable poverty—and the kind of hope and determination that can transcend it. With twists and turns, unrelenting action, and deep, raw emotion, Trash is a heart-pounding, breath-holding novel.

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Setting cerita ini adalah di Negara Antah Berantah, di suatu bagian kotanya yang bernama Behala; tempat sampah-sampah dari segala penjuru kota dikumpulkan dan sebagian besar masyarakatnya bekerja memulung sampah dan tinggal bersama sampah.
Buku ini mencampurkan unsur politik dan sosial dan meramunya ke dalam sebuah cerita misteri dan action. Saya suka ceritanya, di beberapa bagian saya merasa kesal dengan ketidak adilan yang dialami para anak-anak pemulung, namun kekesalan saya terobati dengan ending yang membahagiakan.
Ceritanya getir dan kelam, dengan bumbu-bumbu kekerasan di dalamnya. Ceritanya mengambil sudut pandang yang berbeda dari yang selama ini kita baca; kalau buku lain menceritakan keadaan sebuah Negara yang bergolak dari sisi sebuah warga Negara perekonomian menengah ke atas ataupun menengah kebawah biasa, Trash menyajikan sisi tersebut melalui sudut pandang anak-anak jalanan. Itu yang membuat saya jatuh cinta sama buku ini.

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