Reflection of Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace… One School at a Time

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Reflection of Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace… One School at a Time By: Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
I thought Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin was a great story, although rather long and over-descriptive at some points. The story about a failed K2 attempt and the relationships and schools built afterwards was really interesting. I liked learning about the people and culture from south and central Asia. I knew about some of the geography in that region, but not much else. Living on the other side of the world I feel like I don’t think about what life is like thousands of miles away. Reading Three Cups of Tea I got a super descriptive idea of what everyday life is like, and I feel like I know a lot more than I did before.

In Three Cups of Tea I think some parts were fast paced, and it was easy to read, but then the story would turn in a different direction, and move at snail-like speed. That made it really hard for me to get into. For me, if the book was half as long and faster paced, it would make it 10 times better. An example is chapter 17, Cherry Trees in the Sand; I felt like I was reading 26 pages of descriptive words that could be summed up in a paragraph or two. That way you don’t have to drag through a boring (in my opinion) chapter late at night, on vacation, when you’re half asleep. In contrast to the long parts, I wish some chapters were extended. Even though most of the action was in Asia, I felt like I didn’t get to know Tara, who seemed really important. To summarize that, I feel like Three Cups of Tea was like sprinting, crawling, sprinting again, and so on, and so forth, when maybe it should have been the other way around.

So, on Greg Mortenson’s community service. I think what he did was great! He met people who had very little, yet still helped him as best they could, and he worked hard to help them in return. What he did was amazing; I don’t know how he did it. Living on almost...
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