Monday, January 2, 2012
Subtitle: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal
Author: Conor Grennan
Genre: Memoir, Sociology
Publisher: William Morrow (Harper Collins)
Pub. Date: January 25, 2011 (Hardcover); December 27, 2011 (Paperback)
I was so excited to have an opportunity to review this book for its paperback release. I immediately regretted passing it up last time I had the chance, especially after hearing such wonderful things about it. The sociological aspect of it combined with helping children is right up my alley. This book did not disappoint at all. I absolutely adored it!!
When author, Conor Grennan, decided to take a year long trip around the world, he planned on spending a couple months at a children's orphanage in Nepal. He admittedly included these plans more for the achievement and how it would look to others. But what he didn't expect was to love and care for the children so much. Shortly afterward, he learned that the children were being trafficked from their mountainous villages and being sold for labor in the bigger towns. This, and his love for the children, sparked in him a desire to do everything he could to save these children and reunite them with their families. This led, later, to the creation of the non-profit organization, Next Generation Nepal.
Little Princes turned out to be more memoir-like than I expected. For some reason I imagined it being more sociological non-fiction. But, regardless, the memoir form worked just as well and gave it a personal component. I was surprised at the humor that sparkled throughout the book. Conor was very unprepared for the cultural differences in Nepal, and describing his reaction to these experiences was fun to read. I loved the scene when he first arrived a the orphanage and the children jumped all over him. I love that they all called him "Brother", and I loved the scene when he was trying to teach them how to say his name. Oh, and his experience walking through the village telling all the villagers "Namaste" had me rolling with laughter. (You have to read to find out why).
These funny moments were more in the beginning of the book. The latter parts became more serious, though the children and the volunteers' interactions with them lent a lighter bent to the book. It's probably not surprising that the book was very heart warming as well! It sounds like the author really had a life changing experience in volunteering at the Little Princes orphanage. While I don't find myself being brave enough to travel around or across the world to do what he did, he re-inspires me to dedicate myself to the children I am passionate about here in the U.S. I truly loved this book and will be recommending it for sure!
I reviewed this book as part of TLC Book Tours. You can follow the rest of the tour below:
Tuesday, December 27th: sidewalk shoes
Wednesday, December 28th: The Feminist Texican
Thursday, December 29th: The Road to Here
Tuesday, January 3rd: Amused By Books
Wednesday, January 4th: The House of the Seven Tails
Thursday, January 5th: Amusing Reviews
Monday, January 9th: Library of Clean Reads
Tuesday, January 10th: Book Snob
Wednesday, January 11th: Tales of a Capricious Reader
Tuesday, January 12th: BookNAround