5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Noble intentions but a trying read,
This review is from: Three Cups Of Tea (Paperback)
(Already I'm cringing from all the "no"s I expect people to hit at the bottom of this page but...)
The thing with this book is that it is hard to separate the CONTENT from the NARRATIVE. Greg single-handedly went our and changed rural Pakistan which is more than most of us will achieve in our lifetimes, and that is amazing etc etc etc... For that the content gets a 5 star.
However, the book I found very difficult to read, and shamefully, I didnt finish it (I read about 80%). It's written by a journalist who admits freely that he has lost his objectivity, so Greg is somewhat put on a pedestal. At the same time, a continued "He hates giving speeches to talk about himself" element is thrown in, yet an entire book is dedicated to him.
The narrative is very detailed and "illustrative" often describing the wind, and the dramatic colours and landscapes etc etc, which as a non-fiction piece is unusual.
In general, I found it difficult to read knowing the book was written by David "as" Greg. Just odd. Also I found the story gets a little repetitive, constant trips back and forth between Pakistan and America. A lack of a glossary and the repeated use of words in Urdu and Pashto was frustrating, as one tends to forget a few pages on, what certain words mean.
I guess it didnt help that I had read so many fantastic reviews and I had such high hopes.
To be clear: the two stars goes to the narrative... and how I felt the book was conveyed.
I hope you enjoy it more than I did.