Brevard North Carolina Real Estate Blog: January 2010

Book Reviews

One of the many things I love about the holidays is the time that I get to catch up on some reading. This past holiday break was no exception and I was able to read two excellent books that deserve all the attention and critical acclaim given them.

While these books differed in that one was fiction the other nonfiction, after finishing both, I realized how similar they really were. Each book dealt with perceptions, biases, cultural and racial bigotry.

three cups of teaThree Cups of Tea is the true story of Greg Mortenson, the unlikely hero of thousands of children in Pakistan. His adventure started after a near death experience during a mountain climbing expedition on Pakistan's K2, the world's second highest mountain. After becoming lost and separated from his party, and near death, he wandered into in a small remote village where he began what turned into a 15 year quest to educate the poorest of the poor children in the most remote areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan. His belief was if he could find a way to educate the children, especially girls, perhaps he could "change the world...one school at a time." I admit to stumbling over many of the names of the villages and the people in the book, but unless you've been under a rock since 2001, the references to the Taliban and the masterminds behind so much terror in the world today are clear.  It's a great read and offers a new perspective on the Muslim religion and way of life.

 

 

 

the helpThe second book is The Help by Kathryn Stockett. This is an instantly engaging story about three women, as different as different can be, who set about to expose the real life of "domestic help" during the 1960's in Jackson, Mississippi -  before Martin Luther King, before segregation of schools, before blacks could buy groceries the same place the white people did, let alone use the same bathrooms.... and all the other racial lines that were not to be crossed during that era. If you grew up in the South as I did, you'll surely recognize some of the characters and remember the extreme bigotry of that day. The book is funny, sad, poignant, and heart breaking at times. But in the end, liberating.  It's a great book for book clubs!

 

 

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Comment balloon 2 commentsCarol Clay • January 04 2010 07:36PM
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