Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Review: Three Cups of Tea

3 Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Relin is a Dayenu type of book.

Had the story just been about Greg's valiant, but failed attempt to climb K2 - it would have been enough.

Had the story also included his wandering into, and connecting with, a village in Pakistan - that too, would have been enough.

Had the story included these things, and Greg's audacious attempt to build a single school in that tiny villiage in Pakistan - that for sure, would have been enough.

But the book includes these adventures, and many more. You've got Greg falling in love getting married in a matter of days. You've got him surviving a kidnapping incident that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Heck, you have 9/11 taking place that shapes and molds his mission even further.

And the cool part is just how Human Greg is. He makes mistakes and missteps, yet manages to show how you can come out on top.

It sounds cliche, but this book really does capture one individual's attempt to change the world. Read it for inspiration. Read it to get a pulse on a region and religion that so many of us still don't understand. Read it, because when the movie comes out, you're going to want tell folks that what they are seeing aren't Hollywood embellishments, but the real thing.

Just read it.

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