I am not sure exactly what I was expecting when I started reading Three Cups of Tea, but it was not exactly what I got, not necessarily a bad thing. I...moreI am not sure exactly what I was expecting when I started reading Three Cups of Tea, but it was not exactly what I got, not necessarily a bad thing. I will say, I have always thought of Pakistan as being the place where bin Laden lived and hating Americans, chanting after 9/11. Instead, they are a very ritualistic and deeply caring society as complex rich in culture as anyone. The fact that Mortenson successfully dealt and spoke to members of the Taliban and devote jihadist leaning mullahs makes truly believe that our television news culture overplays the evil-doer, we hate America thing. Maybe as a theory they hate the way Americans have treated them, Mortenson saw innocent Afghanis get killed by American drone strikes, but that doesn't mean they cannot see American citizens as individuals. If nothing else I learned Mortenson is probably the closest to ending the war on terror. Let's end terror, not by striking terror in the heart of the "enemy" (who should be the government not the innocent citizens just like I don't want to be judge by my government's decisions), but instead let's end it by educating everyone (both sides). Let's give Afghanistan and Pakistan education and the strength and pride to fix their own governments and let's give Americans an education on what Islam really and learn how to these people live so neither of us is consumed by blind hate. That's what I think anyway.(less)
9/11 lit has always been my thing. I know it, I love it, and I take it seriously. This book deals with 9/11 but I would not be comfortable in putting...more9/11 lit has always been my thing. I know it, I love it, and I take it seriously. This book deals with 9/11 but I would not be comfortable in putting it into the category, especially because 9/11 doesn't make an appearance until chapter 58.
The book follows three 30-year-old New Yorkers, class conscious and entitled young people with lives. Marina is the daughter of one of the leading intellectuals and journalists who has been writing a book for 6 years with no book actually written and no job, just living off her father's money.
Julius is 30, gay, and desperate for love. He is a talented reviewer and critic but doesn't want the boredom of a regular job and wants to maintain a certain lifestyle.
Daniel is a bit of a dull. She has her job and she takes things seriously and she wants to make a difference and keep her friends intact.
There is also Marina's 19-year-old cousin Booty Tubb. A genius who dropped out of college and a chip on his shoulder.
These are the players. What happens next is entitlement. Marina meets an Australian, falls in love, is convinced by her fiance that her father is keeping her down to make himself look better and in his shadow (which is true), she finishes her book but she goes from one man's house to the next and never really gains a job.
Julius finds love and becomes a househusband. He cooks and does coke and cheats and loves a man he wouldn't even like under other terms and gives up his friends to be with this man. You can guess how that ends.
Danielle falls in love with Marina's father and feeds off the relationship, she gets depressed but never finds a voice or personality.
Booty who originally idolizes Marina's father has some serious Freudian moments and takes down his uncle in a moment disenchantment and delusion and loves Marina.
I normally don't like to give this much synopsis but I have a reason. This takes up 93% of the book and still no 9/11. Instead we get shallow relationships and entitlement. I am not sure if this book is trying to make the claim that 9/11 robbed us of our innocent because in some ways I think that was the intention it just did an awful job of it. Like Booty's new identity can we start a new? Was Booty's betrayal of his uncle America being made aware of its transgressions. The problem with this book is that it treats 9/11 with reverence but still insults the memory of the event. I would love to discuss this book with someone because I get the impression it is trying to do something but just fails at it.(less)
This book had the potential for greatness to shine in the emerging post 9/11 literature genre. It attempts to look at the psychology of a home grown w...moreThis book had the potential for greatness to shine in the emerging post 9/11 literature genre. It attempts to look at the psychology of a home grown would-be terrorist who would use jihad as motivation. Interestingly, the would-be terrorist was raised by his single Irish-Catholic mother after his Egyptian non-religious Islamic father left when he was three. He chooses Islam at 11. This could be incredibly ground-breaking and instead it becomes prejudice and what could be a great psychological novel falls flat. It could have been as great as The Reluctant Fundamentalist, but it doesn't. I'm disappointed.(less)
A great post 9/11 read! It really delves into the psychology of why terrorism against America stems from and it is the present day American Psycho. It...moreA great post 9/11 read! It really delves into the psychology of why terrorism against America stems from and it is the present day American Psycho. It is as disturbing as it is interesting.(less)