Greg Mortenson's journey is amazing! His mission began after a failed attempt at climbing the K2 mountain. Broken and alone, he makes a friend in KorpGreg Mortenson's journey is amazing! His mission began after a failed attempt at climbing the K2 mountain. Broken and alone, he makes a friend in Korphe, a village of Pakistan. His new friend, Haji Ali, helps him regain strength. He feels such gratitude for this man and his village that he wants to repay him. After seeing the poor conditions of Korphe schools, he vows to build a beautiful school where girls can also attend. While Mortenson has no money of his own, he returns to America searching for the means to keep his promise. Throughout the course of this book, Mortenson forsees the building and staffing of many schools thoughout the Middle-East.
The book depicts both the challenges and joys that Mortenson and Middle-Easterners faced during some very difficult times. For me, the most interesting of these times surrounded 9/11 and the war. Mortenson was in Pakistan during the attack on the towers and continued to be there when it was deemed "unsafe" for all Americans. While some Americans rendered hatred and dislike of all Muslims, many in the Middle-East were looking after their American brother, Mortenson, and keeping him out of harms way.
I think this is a great book for everyone to read. As strange as this sounds, it's rare to see a human with so much humanity. Mortenson truly values people and education. I'm a teacher, and this book brought me to tears several times.
I hope that Mortenson's journey gets made into a movie someday so it can reach more people. His messages of peace, education and equality are important and need to be heard. Also, it would be nice for other cultures to see that those living in the Middle-East really are the same as us -- ultimately everyone wants to see their children succeed and have their dreams reached.
On a side note... The picture of Haji Ali looks a lot like Robin Williams. Don't you think? ...more
When I started this book I really enjoyed it, but it became a long drawn out read. It did have its moments, but others were just long and boring. It wWhen I started this book I really enjoyed it, but it became a long drawn out read. It did have its moments, but others were just long and boring. It was more a memoir about Klein's life struggles with her weight rather than just a memoir about fat camp. It was really interesting to see how her childhood memories of being "fat" effected her in her adult life. I think this book would be more interesting to those who have had weight issues growing up and similar experiences to Klein....more
The television show is far more interesting. However, it is a great accompaniment to the show. It details how the family of 10 came to be and how theyThe television show is far more interesting. However, it is a great accompaniment to the show. It details how the family of 10 came to be and how they lived before the shows existence....more
This book was a very short read that contained a ton of emotion. It was tastefully written -- it was not too graphic; yet it got Nujood's pain, sufferThis book was a very short read that contained a ton of emotion. It was tastefully written -- it was not too graphic; yet it got Nujood's pain, suffering, and determination across to the reader. I had a stomachache throughout reading this book. I realized that Nujood was married off around the time my students are in the third grade. I understand that things are different in other cultures, but I was disgusted that her family allowed this to happen. The teacher in me wanted to call The Department of Child Services; although, I'm sure in Yemen this doesn't exist.
I am astonished by her courage to seek a divorce knowing that her life and her family may have been at stake. I don't think I, almost 30, have an ounce of her bravery. She was one of Glamour's Women of the Year in 2008. While I appreciate the recognition they gave her, as it helped other girls in Yemen and beyond, I feel it is almost a disservice to call her a "woman" after she fought so hard to be a child. So, while 2011 is approaching tomorrow and I'm very late, I'm making Nujood my Girl of the Year! Way to go, Nujood! Here's to hoping that 2011 brings all your heart desires and a very happy childhood to you and your sisters....more