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Review of I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

book-club-logoreviewed by Anne van Oorschot and Mala Raman

We had a super evening a great turn out to discuss this thought provoking book. As we settled into the lovely new home of one of our long-standing members and munched on the delicious snacks our hostess provided, we talked about I Am Malala, our most recent book.
All had liked it and the book gave many good points for discussion – how happy Malala’s family life was, despite the dangerous situation due to the ever increasing influence of the Taliban in her home country of Pakistan. The American’s in the group remarked on how little real information they had received via television/Internet/newspaper coverage of this time period; how little they understood the full political, military and cultural ramifications.
The group talked about how different Malala’s family’s “exile” to England is from our voluntary residence in Tilburg, yet how many similar challenges we face as strangers in a new culture. In spite of Malala’s multitude of awards including the Nobel Peace Prize, worldwide recognition and activism at the highest international levels, how her voice was that of a regular teenager with the trials and tribulation of a regular kid in many ways. We can recommend this inspiring book to all 🙂

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Invitation to Book Club: I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

book-club-logoDate: Wednesday, 28 February 2018
Time: 19:30 (7:30 pm)
Register by: 27 February 2018 (registration form below)
Cost: Free for members
Guests: €5,00 pp (READ about how this can be pro-rated towards your membership fee)

For our next book, we decided on… I Am Malala, by Malala  Yousafzai (320 pages)

A little about the book:

I come from a country which was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, 9 October 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price. Shot in the head at point blank range while riding the bus home from school, few expected her to survive.

Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in Northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. I Am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, and of Malala’s parents’ fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons. It will make you believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.

Reviews:

For sheer inspiration read I am Malala. – Kirsty Brimelow ,THE TIMES 
Malala has shown extraordinary courage in campaigning for the millions of girls who are still denied an education. Uplifting and inspirational. -June Purvis, TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION SUPPLEMENT
The inspirational story of the girl who single-handedly showed that the pen is mightier that the sword should be required reading for people of all ages. – ARMY & YOU
The Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban has astonished the world with her courage and determination to fight for education and equal rights for women. – FINANCIAL TIMES

In her inspirational and powerful autobiography, Malala tells her own extraordinary story. – GRAZIA 

(As a note – while available via bol.com as an E-book or paperback, the paperback has a delivery time of 1 week.)

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I hope you will decide to read this inspiring story and join us as we talk about it.

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