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I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban [Kindle Edition]

Malala Yousafzai , Christina Lamb
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Malala's evocation of place, beautifully and lovingly described, and her paean to her father with his own passion for education, are fascinating. But so is her toughness. She describes seeing a young girl selling oranges, clearly unable to read or write: "I took a photo of her and vowed I would do everything in my power to help educate girls just like her. This was the war I was going to fight." This remarkable book is part memoir, part manifesto. I feel enriched from having read it. I also feel humbled. Our obsession with school performance is suddenly marginalised by a story in which education, quite literally, proves a matter of life and death. (TES)

Malala's voice has the purity, but also the rigidity, of the principled. Whether she is being a competitive teenager and keeping track of who she beat in exams (and by how much) or writing about the blog for the BBC that catapulted her on to the international stage ... or talking about Pakistan's politicians ("useless"), Malala is passionate and intense. Her faith and her duty to the cause of girls' education is unquestionable, her adoration for her father - her role model and comrade in arms - is moving and her pain at the violence carried out in the name of Islam is palpable. (Fatima Bhutto Guardian)

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The bestselling memoir of NOBEL PRIZE-nominee, Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl who stood up to the Taliban.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7949 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson (8 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E6X4GAW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,671 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Story of Courage, Friendship and Faith 13 Oct 2013
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This book should be a 'must-read' for everyone! Not only is it a story of courage and inspiration as the first reviewer wrote, it also describes the richness of friendship in a family and among friends of the Yousafzai family. The book is well-written and interesting and I couldn't put it down! The background to events in the Swat Valley is valuable as are the descriptions of ordinary life in Mingora, if you can call it 'ordinary' with the threat of Talibanisation.

Another valuable point of the book is its insights into Islam as it is practised by a devout but not fundamentalist family and their emphasis on prayer. I have always found that prayer unites people of any creed and 'I am Malala' confirmed this opinion, (I write from a Christian perspective). I hope that faith and community uphold the family now in their new home and that they will continue to be ambassadors for Islam as a religion of peace - needed in our multi-cultural society today.

Thank you, Malala, for a wonderful courage and a witness that the pen and the word are far mightier than the sword.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Inspiration 11 Oct 2013
By EF67
Format:Kindle Edition
This is not only the incredible story of an amazing young woman but that of her whole family and what life was/is like under the Taliban. It is truly an inspirational account of their courage in standing up for their beliefs in the face of incredible strain and adversity.

Heart-wrenching, thought-provoking and moving, this is a book everyone should read.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Puts things into perspective 7 Nov 2013
By LivY
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Good book from her own perspective. At times she may come across as a little too righteous but then again she is only 16(!) and has used her profile, risking her life, to bring attention to the ongoing issue of female education - what many of us take so much for granted.

What I found particularly interesting however was the background history and culture covered in this book. It helped to give context not only to the issue but also shed more of an 'insider' light into the region and some of the internal and external issues that many, including myself were previously unaware of.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good...but... 17 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I struggled to know what star rating to put for this book for a few reasons.

I enjoyed reading the book and felt I learned a lot that I didn't know previously. It certainly educated me in an engaging and interesting way.

My problem with the book is that approximately 75% of it is about her father - what he says, what he does and what he thinks. The bits that I really enjoyed reading about was her and her thoughts - which undeniably are interesting and thought provoking. She has the ability with her own voice to raise questions and get people thinking about difficult subjects. I find it just a little disappointing that a young lady who has done so much for the rights of females / girls would defer so much to her fathers word and see it as the only true voice in some matters.

Having said this, if she were to write a book herself, about herself and opinions, I would buy it and enjoy reading it. She is a very bright and engaging person and I really hope she find happiness and security for the future.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible girl 16 Oct 2013
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An incredible brave, intelligent and strong willed girl, hard to believe she is only 16, talks about her past in her home town of Swat Valley. An interesting read about how life is like in that part of Pakistan, life under Taliban rule, the endless corruption in all areas of their government and an incredible story about her father. Malala wouldn't be the girl she is today (minus the shooting) without the help of her father and she conveys this a lot in her book. She talks about the freedom of thought and expression he allowed Malala to have even though his first born was a daughter (a girl being born in a Pakistani family is sometimes looked at as 'unlucky' by others whereas when a son is born in to a family there is a big fanfare, congratulations and gifts). It was interesting to read, towards the latter of the book, about the shooting, the conditions of the hospital and the two Doctors from Birmingham who were 2 of many that helped save Malala's life.

It was a great read and certainly made me appreciate how easy we have it here when it comes to School's/College's and how we take that for granted. Its only when something is taken from you that you realise how much it means to you and this is what one of the things Malala talks about in her book. I finished this book within a couple of days. How life was in Pakistan under Taliban rule really gripped me that I couldn't put the book down.

I am glad that she has appeared on numerous talk shows in America and spreading the message of education for all boys and girls as their basic rights in countries, such as Pakistan. I fully recommend this book to young adults/teenagers and maybe they'll realise that they have something incredible in this country where they might not have had this privilege in a third world country to achieve their full potential.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rich in detail 2 Mar 2014
This book is a joy to read. It is rich in details about Malala's life in the Swat valley in Pakistan. The detailed account gives the reader a real flavour of what it is like to live from day to day in the Pashtun areas of rural Pakistan. The details also give us a rich picture of the variety of attitudes to religion found in villages and towns in rural Pakistan. While most of the characters in the book profess to be Muslim, the way they view their religion varies greatly.

As the Taliban gain power in Mingora, where Malala lives, we get a birds-eye view of what it is like to have your world turned upside-down by fundamentalist religion. Later, after the army has supposedly cleared the village of Taliban, we can feel along with Malala what it is like to live in a permanent state of insecurity knowing that whatever the army says, the situation is not truly safe.

Above all this is a story of courage as Malala speaks out against the Taliban, her country's army and government and the self-interested rich countries who get involved in the events of the area. While sometimes you can feel that the book was co-authored with a journalist, there are moments when the wonderful voice of a somewhat naive (in the best way) adolescent comes through.
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Published 7 days ago by A. E. Sellers
5.0 out of 5 stars Admired it greatly
This was bought for me and I'm glad it was as I doubt I would have bought it otherwise. An amazing story - not just of Malala's survival of a terrible assassination attempt, but... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Giles Christian
5.0 out of 5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed Malala's story
I thoroughly enjoyed Malala's story. Her courage and that of her family is phenomenal. What a bright and shining star she is and I wish her a safe and successful future.
Published 12 days ago by Karen Conroy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Reasonably-priced on Kindle, this is a wonderful story. Malala describes life growing up in rural Pakistan under the Taliban, and then the shooting which made her world-famous. Read more
Published 28 days ago by I. Scott-thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars I Am Malala
This was a gift and thus I have no idea what the recipient thought of the book which I bought for her as present!!!!!!!
Published 1 month ago by gill jackson
3.0 out of 5 stars longing to read
bought with a sense of urgency I am saving this to savour properly because Malals story just has to be one of the greatest of this decade (will possibly be of the century) looking... Read more
Published 1 month ago by lizell
3.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable girl but tiresome written
I really do admire Malala and her courage and her whole story and work.
But I got a bit worn out by the narration in this story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Christina
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book
The best book I have ever read before. I would strongly suggest everyone to read this book once in a life.
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