Chinese edition of Three Cups of Tea. The author, an avid mountain climber, was injured climbing the K2. He was rescued and nursed by the locals. During his recovery, he learned of his sister's premature death. These two events prompted him to rethink his life, and he decided to build a school for the children of this poor village. This memoir ...Read MoreChinese edition of Three Cups of Tea. The author, an avid mountain climber, was injured climbing the K2. He was rescued and nursed by the locals. During his recovery, he learned of his sister's premature death. These two events prompted him to rethink his life, and he decided to build a school for the children of this poor village. This memoir chronicles how what began as a return for kindness turned into a passion. In Traditional Chinese.Read Less
This man is doing more for good will in Pakistan and Afganistan than all our mislaid efforts with bombs and guns!
Oct 30, 2008
Now this is what I call 'finding your calling'! The book is inspiring in that it shows what we can do if we try, how ignorance and lack of opportunity can be better fought by education than war and how all Muslims aren't terrorists. The writing is OK for the genre, but not great. Most importantly, the story is motivating. Read it.
Sep 4, 2008
A very important book
We cannot all be heroes like Greg Mortenson, but perhaps we can be inspired to play our own small parts and do what we CAN. I was so uplifted by this man's determination and courage to get to the heart of international relations: Education not bombs; Understanding not fear and hatred.
May 13, 2008
This was a book club pick for us. The book prompted quite a bit of discussion amongst our group so I think it would be a good choice for book clubs everywhere. Mortenson is an admirable character--one which I wish I could emulate but I tend to be too pragmatic in life, and Mortenson is definitely not. Life needs visionaries (albeit they may leave their loved ones alone at times) to accomplish many things. The part of the book I liked the most was the depiction of culture and acceptance. The book does have some political moments/issues but in this day and age most things have some political aspect. As a woman, I am once again reminded of how fortunate I am to be living in a place where I have a right to an education (among other rights) and Greg certainly fights for the right of education for girls in Pakistan. For the most part , the book is a quick read and easy to follow. It did take me a little while to get through the last 90 pages and I often had a hard time keeping the people straight. I especially enjoyed the photos of some of the people discussed in the book.
May 12, 2008
I loved it
Greg Mortenson might have felt like a failure, but there are few people on earth who even *could* have done what he has done so far (let alone those who *would*). There were parts where I was brought to tears. If there is a way to achieve peace with Pakistan, Afghanistan, then this is definitely the right direction.
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