June 15, 2010
I did it!
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson. I still haven't decided how I feel about the book. Granted, biographical type stories are generally difficult for me to get through because of the writing style. However, I was determined to read this book and my slight OCD doesn't let me not finish a book (seriously, even if its YEARS later, I will finish every single book that I begin...its exhausting sometimes!) But anyways, the story itself is a beautiful one of love and compassion in an area of the world where most of America believes that none exists. The most striking part of it for me was the willingness and excitement of so many of the leaders in Pakistan and Afghanistan to help Greg further his goal of education for their nations' young girls. Its such a different view than the US media tends to portray of the Middle East. From an educational standpoint, the work that Greg is engaged in is absolutely amazing. I cannot even imagine the types of circumstances that teachers over there work in, such as 50 or more children to teach or no building to use as a school, while we complain here if our class sizes exceed 25 kids. It was a humbling story to read even if the writing sometimes got bogged down in the places and names and facts.