Friday, November 1, 2013

Book Review: I am Malala

  I am Malala

  Malala Yousafzai

After I saw Malala Yousafzai on The Daily Show with John Stewart, I knew I had to read her book.  I am Malala is one of the most moving books I’ve read.  Her memoir describes her life leading up to and directly after the then fifteen year old Pakistani was shot in the head by the Taliban. 

According to the Taliban, she promoted western values, but what she really did was promote girls’ education in a culture that prefers illiteracy.  One may ask why some would choose illiteracy over education, and Malala answers that question.  She also debunks some preconceived ideas (like the one I had that Pakistani women were viewed as equal to men.  After all, they did have a woman prime minister).

After reading her book, I realized that Malala Yousafzai may become the voice of her generation and hope that someday she can return to her homeland without the threat of death.  She is a remarkable young woman, thanks in large part to her father, who loves and values her in a culture when females are second class citizens.

Despite some of the terrible things described in I am Malala, it is full of hope and reading it is an uplifting experience.

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