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Little Princes by Conor Grennan
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Jun 19, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: non-fiction
Read in June, 2012

It took me a while to pick up this book, despite hearing good things about it, because I thought it would be the same as Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time, except in Nepal with orphans.

It's so much better than that, especially given Mortensen's financial brouhaha (see Three Cups of Deceit: How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way.)

Grennan quits his job at a European nonprofit to travel the world for a year. But he decides that he'll start his trip off with helping out at an orphanage in Nepal, which will both a) assuage his guilt at otherwise goofing off for a year; and b) impress women. He does not expect to fall in love with the orphans, or to want to re-unite them with their families (because really they are *not* orphans, they've just been separated from their families by an unscrupulous child trafficker who has promised them a better life in the city).

Thoughout Grennan is charmingly self-deprecating and describes his continual culture clash humorously. I learned a lot about Nepal's politics and some about humanitarian aid there. It's really mostly a book about Grennan, but he's very likable.

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