Three Cups of Tea – Greg Mortenson

Jan 11

So, I started a book club at school.  This book by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin seemed like a good choice to kick off the fun.  This is the true story of a man trying to find his way in the world, and he ends up helping thousands of others while discovering his own path.  Mr. Mortenson is a free spirit…he works to fund his mountain climbing trips.  While on one of these adventures in Afghanistan he stumbles upon a village where there is no schoolhouse…just a bunch of kids sitting around, sans teacher, working out their times tables using sticks and the dirt.  I sincerely enjoyed the first 2/3 of this book.  Mr. Mortenson combines effort, luck, and generosity to build schools for those who have none.  I had a hard time pushing through the post 9/11 portion of the book.

Update: The author became embroiled in scandal, as claims of his stretching the truth and skimming money surfaced. We collected pennies at school. Way to go, guy. I loathe the fake philanthropist. In a weird twist of irony, on the date of the inaugural book club meeting, I was stricken with the worst case of stomach flu of my life thus far. After missing that first meeting, I never regained control of said book club. I live to join, another day.

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