Thursday, June 9, 2016
Review: I Am Malala
By Malala Yousafzai
Malala tells about the events leading up to her shooting by a member of the Taliban and her miraculous survival and recovery.
"I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday."
Another book club book! I swear that's all I ready lately. No. I've been doing good it just doesn't feel like it. Honestly, I had no desire to read this book. I thought it was going to be all preachy. What I didn't know was that Malala was 15ish when she wrote this book so it had a very intelligent but innocent feel to it. I never felt preached to. It was fascinating, as an American, to get this inside view of events that I've only seen one side of. Here in America we only see what the news tells us unless we dig deeper and I felt like Malala only saw Americans from her limited view as well. So, it was interesting to read about her life and upbringing and get that inside look.
I was only able to get my hands on an audio copy of this book and while I have been wanting to listen to more audio books, I struggle with them. They go too slow and my mind often wanders. Normally I would have turned up the speed so it went faster but, for this one, read in the native accent, I felt I should just leave it at normal speed. But that made it feel a little longer than necessary. I mention the whole audio thing because I feel like I might have felt differently about this one if I'd read it rather than listened to it. I don't know if I would have liked it better or worse, I just know I would have felt different about it. It was good to hear it read in the native accent, I think.
I'm not surprised by the conditions some people still live in but it just makes me angry. Not just at their conditions but everyone's. I'm not going to elaborate. I'll just say that this book will be a good one to discuss as it riled be up a bit and made me think. (Mostly about the treatment of women if you were wondering). While I wasn't blown away by this book like others have been, I liked it well enough.
Should you read it?
I'm not going to get on my soapbox and talk about how every person in the world should read this very important book. I don't feel that way. If it sounds like one you'd enjoy, then give it a go.
Posted by Jenny at 7:00 AM