Author: Greg Mortenson
Book takes place in the country: YES
Author is from the country: NO
I have visited: no
I read this book in 2017 as part of my reading challenge. It was under a category "A Book In A Country I Know Little About". I have not read a lot about Pakistan, so when my mom recommended this book, I wanted to try it. I fell in love with this true story immediately. However, it has gotten some negative press lately (there are rumors that some of it isn't true). And when I brought it up to the reading groups that this was my Pakistan group, they agreed I should continue to hunt for something else to read for this country. But for now, because I did love the story, I am keeping it.
This was a great book. I was fascinated by the Pakistan culture and also by the kindness the people showed a white man from America. I learned more about the true meaning of what it means to be a Muslim (kindness and giving and brotherhood) and the different between those who are truly religious and those who are not. It was interesting to see how what we would consider cheaply built schools could change the lives of 1000s and 1000s of children and change their futures.
Great book. I encourage you to read it.
This sounds really nice! I work with a lot of Muslims from all over the Middle East and I can attest they are some of the sweetest people ever!ReplyDelete
Oh this sounds interesting! I don't know much about Pakistan either, but I would love to learn more about the culture. I think it's important to improve the lives of others if you have lots yourself, but if you don't, and you still devote yourself to helping others, that's really inspiringReplyDelete
I've also read some objections to the "white savior" narrative (e.g., a white man brings education and resources to a less "civilized" society, implying that Westernization is better than the society's own traditions) on top of the allegations that it's untrue, but I haven't read the book myself so obviously I can't say whether I agree with them. Glad you enjoyed it, and great review!ReplyDelete