242 of 259 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing story from a remarkable young lady
I downloaded this book minutes after midnight on its first day, and 14 hrs later I have finished it cover to cover. I have been married to a Pakistani for 14 yrs, and have repeatedly asked my husband, "Why do the Pakistanis put up with this"...or that as situations have arisen over the yrs. The best answers I have gotten are the same mentioned in this book...
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3.0 out of 5 stars I am the odd man out on this book review...
I always poo-poo the odd man out on book reviews... and I'm hardly ever one of them. This time I do not concur with the masses. I don't know what kind of book I was expecting, but it was like reading a term paper about the history of the region's woes, coupled with her extended family's history, that I had a hard time keeping straight. So many people gave it rave...
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242 of 259 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing story from a remarkable young lady,
This review is from: I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban (Kindle Edition)I downloaded this book minutes after midnight on its first day, and 14 hrs later I have finished it cover to cover. I have been married to a Pakistani for 14 yrs, and have repeatedly asked my husband, "Why do the Pakistanis put up with this"...or that as situations have arisen over the yrs. The best answers I have gotten are the same mentioned in this book. Corruption & fear. It is so wonderful to see a father & his daughter take a stand for their right for something as simple as going to school that so many of us take for granted every day.
Although I have never been to any of the 'villages' I have visited Pakistan once & was a bit surprised by the conditions in one of the larger cities. The Swat valley does sound beautiful thanks to the wonderful mental pictures I got from the very vivid text. It really is ashame that this area is no longer available for tourist, be they Pakistani or international. I also accompanied an in-law to a doctor's while in Pakistan, and as a retired RN, I am really amazed that Malala survived this ordeal. I have little doubt that it definitely was not her time to die no matter what the Taliban tried. God....Allah....must have other plans and no man will change that.
159 of 173 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE POWER OF A SOLITARY VOICE!,
This review is from: I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban (Hardcover)A year ago, a Taliban armed with a pistol shook the conscience of the entire world when he shot a young girl who defied the Taliban's diktat and campaigned for the rights of girls to proper education in Pakistan. The young girl who was shot point-blank defied death as she did the Taliban.
A year later, far from succumbing to the threat, Malala Yousafzai has become a symbol of hope in a world ravaged by violence and brutality. Narrating about the initial threat in her autobiography, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, co-written by Christina Lamb, who is one of the world's leading foreign correspondents, and published by Little, Brown and Company (October 2013), Malala said that she was not scared but had started making sure the gate was locked at night and asking God what happens when one dies.
Aware that the threat could become a reality, Malala used to consider what she would do if the Taliban shot her. She was even thinking, "May be, I'd take off my shoes and hit him."
And on October 9, 2012, Malala was returning from school when a bearded man stopped the bus and asked, "Who is Malala?" The 20-odd girls tucked inside the white three-bench Toyota truck which was used as a school bus were frightened. No one said anything but "that's when he lifted up a black pistol" and the girls screamed.
The bearded man fired three shots, "the first went through my left eye socket and out under my left shoulder. I slumped forward onto Moniba, blood coming from my left ear, so the other two bullets hit the girls next to me...My friends later told me the gunman's hand was shaking as he fired." Malala was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, six days after the attack, and underwent numerous surgeries during the next three months. She and her family are now living in the place of her rebirth, and she is back at school.
I Am Malala is the powerful story of a Pakistani family living under the shadow of terrorists' threats, it is the brave and courageous story of a young girl's fight for girls' education, and it is the story of a father who encouraged his daughter to attend school in the face of stiff opposition.
I Am Malala is a story that will inspire and encourage, it is a story that reaffirms that one solitary voice has the power to change society if it is spirited enough to persevere, even if that voice belongs to one simple young girl.
87 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational work by an inspirational young woman,
This review is from: I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban (Hardcover)This book is an inspirational read, for everyone, but particularly for young girls. It reminds us how critical it is to support women around the world as they flight for their right to get an education. As an aside, I also saw her interview on the Daily Show today. Talk about poise, strength and courage--she personifies all three like no one else! Inspirational
40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Admirable Young Woman, Absorbing Reading Experience,
This review is from: I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban (Kindle Edition)If you have been following Malala Yousafzai's story in the news or if you saw her recent appearance on The Daily Show you probably know this sixteen-year-old is a true heroine. What you may wonder is if this book, written with Christina Lamb, stands on its own as a great reading experience. I'd say it does. The story of how Malala's Swat Valley was taken over by Taliban extremists, how she and her whole family had to live under the de facto rule of terrorists, was chilling. In the book we get to know her idealistic father and, a figure little written about in the news, her remarkable mother--a brave woman, religiously devout, unable to read, who lived her whole life up until recently in purdah. We also see the beauty of the Swat Valley through Malala's eyes.
The cause of female education, of female empowerment, may well be the great cause of our time. You will read about it in this book, but also about Malala as a human being--intellectually competitive, surprisingly in touch with certain aspects of American popular culture yet living a very different life from girls in Western societies--a patriot, a Muslim believer, and very, very brave. It is worth reading this book just to encounter her.
A parenthetical note--the Kindle edition has surprisingly good color photos of Malala and her family (seen on a Kindle Fire).
67 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am Malala - An inspirational Book,
This review is from: I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban (Hardcover)Malala is an inspiration for generations to come. She started her journey at a very young age and has already achieved what many people cant even dream of. As I read more and more about her, my appreciation for her increases further. Her best quality is her daring attitude in the face of extremist elements of Pakistani society. In a country where politicians, law enforcement agencies, police, media, religious leaders and government personnels have an apologetic stance about Taliban, Malala has been vocal about Taliban's atrocities since the age of 11. Even being shot in the head did not stop her from speaking and writing about Taliban's injustices. She has turned her revenge into the force of education which she wants each child to be equipped with.
This book reminded me of a recently published book The Wrong Kind of Muslim: An Untold Story of Persecution & Perseverance. In his book Qasim Rashid explains why Malala is born in a society that has become apologetic to Taliban, opts illiteracy over education and uses guns instead of pens. Both books are untold stories persecution and perseverance.
I wish Malala a long and healthy life and may her missions accomplish.
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No matter how hard some mad regime tries to extinguish our spirit and freedom, it will always rise in someone's character...,
Inside you'll find her story that starts with the Taliban occupation of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, and all the unpleasant changes that have occurred due to that for women, and especially female children.
Malala Yousafzai refused to be quiet, she wanted to go to school, she fought for her education and future.
Unfortunately, one day when she was returning home from school with the bus, she was shot in the head and although it was hard to expect that she'll survive, she didn't only do that, but a lot more.
She recovered, and due to her bravery she become symbol of oppressed women fighting for education and other human rights, she spoke in United Nations and become youngest ever nominee for the Peace Nobel Prize.
Therefore, if you want to read a story about courage, about the impossible that could be achieved, becoming even harder if you are a child, I can fully recommend you to read this book.
It will inspire you and show you that the human spirit cannot be suppressed by any prohibitions, because thanks to him we as human beings have become the only intelligent beings in this world.
And no matter how hard some mad regime tries to extinguish our spirit and freedom, it will always rise in someone's character, as was the case with a small Malala...
34 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eat Your Heart Out, Taliban!,
This review is from: I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban (Kindle Edition)The Taliban should've contacted Barbara Streisand before they decided to "utterly fail" in their attempt to kill a young schoolgirl. In their hatred and bigoted world view, their tunnel vision resulted in drawing more attention to the battle cry of a truly brave young woman rather than her dying in ignominy. How does this relate to Barbara Streisand? Many years ago she sued several news and tabloid companies for displaying pictures of her home along the shores of California. Rather than giving her the privacy she wanted, it drew more and more attention to it as people scrambled to see what her fuss was about. So too did the Taliban when they failed in their mission to silence Malala that horrible day in the Swat Valley; rather than eliminate someone who they believed besmirched her family's honor, they turned her battle cry into the voices of millions who suddenly became aware of what was happening in their little valley.
Malala may have been struck down, but she arose stronger than before. In a perverse way you could almost say that the Taliban, through their ignorant hatred, empowered Malala more than ever. Her book, "I Am Malala", is indicative of their "success". Now living in Birmingham, England, Malala has recovered from her horrible wound and is now nominated for a Nobel Prize. She is attending school and has traveled the world, most recently giving a speech at Harvard University, spreading her message of the importance of educating girls and women, regardless of their faith. Her strength is clear in not only her actions, but in the words she uses to tell her story.
"I Am Malala" begins with Malala reminiscing about her homeland, Pakistan, and her love of her country. As the pictures show in the description of the book's content, the Swat Valley is a beautiful place, as she describes it, with "high snow-topped mountains, green waving fields and fresh blue rivers". Soon, however, the pastoral beauty of her home is replaced by the horror of what happened to her on October 9, 2012. A year ago yesterday, a shot heard around the world was fired at Malala from point-blank range at her head. The Taliban, in their belief that women should not be educated, sought to silence Malala for her unforgivable crime of speaking out against that belief.
Malala Yousafzai knew the risks, and yet she persevered and stood her ground. Her father opened the school where she studied and raised her to revere knowledge. Her pride in the school, her family, and her education lead to her suffering from near-fatal wounds, and in a completely unforeseen manner Malala was given the ability to bring attention to not only her plight, but to draw the world's attention to the Taliban's repulsive "rule" in her homeland.
Malala's writing is punctuated with beautiful descriptions of her homeland, her amazement at the modern conveniences of England, and her heartbreak at knowing that she cannot sit next to her friend, Moniba, and joke in class as she had before the Taliban's gunman changed her life forever. From the moment that I picked up "I Am Malala", I was hooked; the narrative is written so eloquently that you will find yourself eagerly devouring each page to learn about how she was able to endure her injuries, to her first impressions of Birmingham, how she feels about her new school in England, and finally how international fame has helped her to work toward her ultimate goal: eliminating the fear that girls in the Swat Valley have when they travel to and from school. Never at any point did I lose interest in her words. It is my belief that anyone who picks up this book will feel the same way.
"I Am Malala", quite simply, should be required reading for every high school student in the world. Too often do we who were blessed to grow up in a country with guaranteed educations for all children, regardless of gender or race or even religious beliefs, fail to realize just how much of a privilege that right truly is. This book helped to humble me quite substantially; I realize that I did take for granted my right to an education, and I never really saw that graduating from high school and the chance to go to college is much more special than most realize. Prior to the horrible injury that was inflicted upon her, Malala was speaking out to educate the girls of Pakistan and the world, knowing that she was in danger the whole time. Her chances of going to college may have been diminished because of her place of birth, but she was determined to learn as much as she could. Now that she is in a free country she is able to anticipate not just a primary education, but the dream of attending college and obtaining a degree.
Succinctly put: buy this book. It will be a humbling, yet inspirational title for your collection, one that you can proudly display on your shelf. I guarantee that you will be drawn in, and maybe learn something to boot!
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Most Important Books I Have Ever Read,
As the biographer of one of the first women in Auschwitz, who only had an 8th grade education, but also wrote "one of the most important books of the modern age" I salute Malala--her courage and her voice. May we all hear her and support education for young women the world over. Heather Dune Macadam, author of Rena's Promise: A Story of Sisters in Auschwitz ("I do not hate. To hate is to let Hitler win.")
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such an Inspirational girl,
In less than a day, I've already finished this book. This brave young girl has helped me to not take my education for granted. Education is a wonderful thing, and hopefully everyone in the world can have a chance to get an education. I recommend this book to everyone and anyone it is truly a great read.
Side note: I really do hope that she wins the Nobel. Also, If you want to get an insight into her fight for education and peace, and don't know much about her, before you read the book, watch her interview on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart and her UN speech. You'll be blown away.
58 of 79 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars brave girl!,
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I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai (Hardcover - October 8, 2013)