'Here we drink three cups of tea to do business; the first you are a stranger, the second you become a friend, and the third, you join our family, and for our family we are prepared to do anything - even die' - Haji Ali, Korphe Village Chief, Karakoram mountains, Pakistan.
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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages, Illustrations
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 03/01/2008
- Category: Memoirs
- ISBN: 9780141034263
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Review by TadAD
I am clearly at odds with those who say something like, "I would have given this story 5 stars, but the writing was bad, so I only gave it 2 stars." Is the prose top-notch?...no. Would the book have been improved if a better editor had handled it?...absolutely!However, in my opinion, the measure of a story like this is how much impact it has upon you, not the grade it would get in an English class. I found the story, itself, riveting and the inconvenience of the manner in which it was told irrelevant. Regardless of whether or not you subscribe to Greg Mortensen's belief that education is one of the key ingredients in the battles against radical fundamentalism (and, I confess, I do), this is an inspiring story of someone unquestionably making the world a better place, at great personal cost, over rather overwhelming obstacles.I recommend that you read this book, keep your eye on the ball of what the message is, and see if there is some aspect of this message of making the world a better place one piece at time that resonates with you.
Review by uk_jw
Fascinating and heart warming tale of climber Greg Mortenson's attempts to build schools and educate some of the poorest communities in Pakistan and Afghanistan. A real insight into a difficult region and a reminder that at the heart of the stories of war are many normal people fighting to make life better for themselves and their families. A great read.
Review by findantonia
Incredible true story, well and simply written so very easy to read. Plus, trite, but the actions reported in it gave me hope for humanity. It also gave me a much better insight into the on the ground cultures of the area. Should have been required reading for anyone deploying others out there, or being deployed in the area. I hope the work continues and is supported. I checked out the website for further developments and hope there's another book at some point where writing won't get in the way of the real job at hand.
Review by jmsherman
Inspirational. A must read that speaks to the human heart. Everyone has a part to play in building a better future.
Review by isabelx
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