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3.0 out of 5 stars An achievement that far outshines its literary presentation., 4 Mar 2010
This review is from: Three Cups Of Tea (Paperback)
On balance, this account of Greg Mortenson working with communities to promote peace through education rather than the indoctrination of fundamentalist Muslim madrassas was undoubtedly worth the read. So often the news presented through the media is negative and non-constructive so it was a pleasure to learn of positive things being done in the world, despite the xenophobic barriers and hatred that can sometimes exist, or even be promoted.

However...I have to agree with a few other critical reviewers on several points. Firstly, I found that sometimes the author(s?) tended to overwork the English language, and sometimes the sheer number of metaphors crammed into several consecutive sentences made me smile. This connects to another point of a fellow reviewer- that Relin's inevitable lack of objectivity sometimes made the narrative rather repetitive and overly congratulatory. I am not contesting Greg Mortenson's achievements here, but I do think the reader would have felt altogether better if they were not continually offered another person's point of view. After all, one would hope that we could draw our own conclusions about what was accomplished without repetitive adjectives to spell it out. I also felt the book was slightly too long in places, and personally I didn't find the need to be indulged with the (sometimes) awkwardly placed flashbacs which didn't always blend in seamlessly with the rest of the narrative.

An achievement that far outshines its literary presentation.
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Initial post: 2 Jun 2010 15:53:34 BDT
I absolutely agree.
I found myself irritated rather than inspired.
A book should be judged on its own
merits, not on the person it is being written about.

Posted on 28 Sep 2010 12:23:42 BDT
leylandlass says:
This book seemed to be produced as a report on how the donated monies were spent.

Posted on 3 Jan 2011 01:09:53 GMT
aus_books says:
I think this is a fair and valid review :)
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