*** About the Book ***
This is the true story of mountain climber whose failed attempt to climb a mountain landed him in a remote Pakistani village where he was warmly welcomed and made to feel at home. He was so touched by the hospitality of the community that he decided to do something to show his appreciation - he decided to build a school there. It took a lot of work and a lot of time, but that one decision ended up leading to an entire network of schools being built in remote parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
*** Why I Read It ***
This book generated lots of buzz when it was first published. I really wanted to read it at first, but then I saw some poor reviews and decided against it. It was my book club's pick for April though, so I gave it a shot.
*** My Thoughts ***
Greg's actions are admirable and inspiring but the book ... is boring. I couldn't get into the story in the beginning at all. In fact, I missed large parts of it because my brain simply kept tuning out the audio. I'd realize what was happening and rewind a bit, but it happened over and over and over again and I finally got sick of rewinding. I'm usually really good with audio books so this was really odd for me.
The best parts of the book for me were toward the end where I learned about particular students in the school and how their lives had been changed. If the book had included more of that, I'd likely have enjoyed it far more than I did.
My book club met on Sunday at a tea house to discuss this book. Having high tea was so much fun! Most of us didn't particularly enjoy the book and two of our members had some truly exciting news to share, so needless to say we didn't really discuss the book all that much ...
*** Your Thoughts ***
If you've read this book, what did you think of it? Have you ever read a book that had a great message behind it but that failed in the delivery?