Mortenson, G., Relin, D. O., Lawlor, P. G., & Tantor Media. (2006). Three cups of tea: One man’s mission to fight terrorism and build nations … one school at a time. Old Saybrook: Tantor Media. 9781400122516
Reasons for Reading: Three Cups of Tea took up residence on local summer reading lists a couple of years ago. What Greg Mortenson did fascinated me and I wanted more details. Initially, I checked out the audiobook but I finished with the HCPL Digital Media – eAudio.
Summary: Larger than life Greg Mortenson attempted to reach the summit of K2. Along the way, Mortenson became lost along the way, stumbling into a Pakistani village. The villagers took in Mortenson. Mortenson promised to thank the village by returning and building a school. Thus, Mortenson embarked on establishing a charitable institute for poor, local children.
What I Liked : I liked Mortenson’s devotion to his family and that he kept his word. I admired his wife, Tara, too. Also, this was a very noble act and many have reaped what Mortenson has sown.
What I Disliked : Somehow, this book seemed slow. Perhaps if the CDs I began with hadn’t been damaged, I would’ve felt differently. This story is related in the third person narrative and that seemed an odd choice. Another issue I had were the accusations of fraud against Mortenson.
Two and a Half Out of Five Pearls
Setting: Pakistan, Tanzania, Minnesota, San Francisco, Montana
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