Year 4, Book 16

16. Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

Relin tells the story of how Mortenson almost loses his life during a botched attempt to climb K2 and winds up recovering in a small Pakistani village. He vows to return and build a school in the village, which begins his quest to build schools in small villages throughout the region. It’s a compelling story, and the work that Mortenson has accomplished is truly inspiring. I did feel that Mortenson was somewhat glamorized though. Relin occasionally will make a statement about Mortenson’s personality or behavior that makes you think there’s more to the story, but he always glosses over it seemingly wanting to keep the story focused on Mortenson’s accomplishments. I also found the writing to be a bit jarring at times. The majority of the book is written as a story being told by Relin. However, he occasionally throws in a quotes from Mortenson or other people he spoke to during his research for the book. I don’t feel like he integrated them very well. The fact that I noticed when he did this instead of them just flowing with the story indicates that they weren’t very well integrated. Despite it’s flaws it really is an excellent book with an amazing story. I give it 7 out of 10.

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