Three Cups of Tea [Book Review]

“In our culture it takes three cups of tea to do business. On the first cup you are a stranger. The second cup you become a friend, and the third cup you become family. “

Three Cups of Tea

Title: Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time
Author: Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
Narrator: Patrick Lawlor
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography
ISBN: 1400152518
Pages: 349
Audio: 13 hours 28 minutes
Year: 2006
Publisher: Tantor Media
Source: Library
Rating: 2.5/5

Summary/My Thoughts:

Three Cups of Tea is the story of Greg Mortenson, an American building schools in Pakistan. I had high hopes for Three Cups of Tea. But like some other books that have wonderful stories yet aren’t told in a manner that I enjoy, I found myself just trying to get through this one.

Greg Mortenson is an amazing person. Once he was just a mountain climber. But a wayward journey on K2 led him to a life building schools for Pakistani’s youth. And the story is interesting. From corrupt tradesmen to political kidnapping, Mortenson has had anything but a boring life.

But sometimes a book just doesn’t tell the story in the same manner I would have told it. And that results in me not liking it as much. I’m having a hard time articulating exactly what it was but I just didn’t love it.

Part of my issues with the book may have been a result of the audio format. It would jump from Pakistan to San Francisco, from one time period to another, and I found this jarring in audio. I imagine this is a problem fixed by a few page breaks or headers. I also think I may have liked it better with a different narrator.

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