Lately I found the most amazing book buried deep in my personal library. I had never seen it before which was odd because I have read all the books in the house at least twice. So I took it as a sign. I started reading it that day and what an effect it had on me.
Presenting….. 3 Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
I quite simply could NOT put it down. It drew me in like a shop full of handbags does to most woman. The story was inspiring, the words well written and simple and the mental images sharp and clear. It took me out of my world and into another world where children in Afghanistan had to learn outside in the icy air, kneeling a cold unforgiving ground with no pencils,books or reason to come back the next day to learn the skills that could save them. I followed one man’s quest to change this, all while battling with fatwa’s,abductions, sleazy businessman and people who did not believe in the importance of education. This is what the blurb from Amazon says:
“In 1993, after a terrifying and disastrous attempt to climb K2, a mountaineer called Greg Mortenson drifted, cold and dehydrated, into an impoverished Pakistan village in the Karakoram Mountains. Moved by the inhabitants’ kindness, he promised to return and build a school. Three Cups of Tea is the story of that promise and its extraordinary outcome. Over the next decade Mortenson built not just one but fifty-five schools especially for girls in remote villages across the forbidding and breathtaking landscape of Pakistan and Afghanistan, just as the Taliban rose to power. His story is at once a riveting adventure and a testament to the power of the humanitarian spirit.”
The book inspired me so much that I decided to write a review on Amazon. You can imagine my horror when I saw this book as a tandem read sold with 3 Cups of Tea:
This is what the blurb from Amazon says:
“Greg Mortenson has built a global reputation as a selfless humanitarian and children’s crusader, and he’s been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is also not what he appears to be. As acclaimed author Jon Krakauer discovered, Mortenson has not only fabricated substantial parts of his bestselling books Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools, but has also misused millions of dollars donated by unsuspecting admirers like Krakauer himself.
This is the tragic tale of good intentions gone very wrong.
I read this book and was horrified. The first book had inspired me so much, making me want to give money to the CAI and making me feel like I was not doing enough for this world. I read the second book and my hopes were shattered. I don’t want to give too much away because I want you to read both books and make up your own mind. However I do not blindly believe in critics books, I went and did some research and came away with my own opinion which is what every objective author should do.
They say a good book should leave you with some sort of emotion, whether it be sadness, happiness,pain etc. These 2 books brought me happiness and inspiration and then shame and sadness. So was it worth it?
Have you read either of these books? I would love to hear your thoughts.