Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Three Cups Of Tea

I finished reading Three Cups of Tea a few weeks ago. Everyone is raving about, most of my friends have it listed on their Good Reads list and commented that they loved it. I thought that the story was impressive, but maybe it is because I read it all at once on a flight, I seem to be not as impressed by it as everyone else. There is also a young readers edition out now that may be a great book to add to a school curriculum. Here is how Barnes and Noble summed it up.

On the afternoon of September 2, 1993, Greg Mortenson realized that he had failed in his attempt to climb K2, the world's second-highest mountain. But disappointment was the least of his problems. Emaciated, exhausted, thoroughly disoriented, and suffering from edema, his grip on life was loosening. He was taken in and nursed back to health by the impoverished populace of a remote Pakistani village. Grateful, he promised to return someday to build them a school. Three Cups of Tea is the story of that promise and the story of how one man changed the world, one school at a time.

Enjoy ~SJ


rach :) said...

While I appreciate what Greg did, I found the book almost impossible to read. He is a bit to self serving for my taste... don't get me wrong-- great idea, great follow through, but I would have been happy with probably 1/3 of the book. And I probably would have skimmed that (which I certainly did with the full text!)

I still want to get a penny jar at our new elementary school, and pay it forward to another community in need of a new building...

sarala said...

I actually like the book. It made me want to drop everything and go save the world. I get like that every now and then but mercifully sanity always reexerts itself.