Little Princes

Monday, January 2, 2012

Title: Little Princes
Subtitle: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal
Author: Conor Grennan
Pages: 305
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


Sandy Nawrot said...

I have this book and really want to read it. It was slated for a book club read then we got off the path, which made me sad because sometimes book club is the only way I can force myself to read something! Reading your review has re-inspired me!

Man of la Book said...

I also liked this book (my thoughts:

I thought that while the story is amaz­ing, sin­cere and touch­ing it is also a plea­sure to see how the author has grown, both in per­son­al­ity and style over the five years in which the mem­oir takes place.

softdrink said...

It IS a great book. I especially liked the author's honesty about his motivation.

Zibilee said...

This was such a great read for me, and I am glad to hear that you loved it too! It was both funny and heartbreaking at times, and I so admire Grennan and what he accomplished over there with those kids. The end really lifted my heart as well. Wonderful review today! I appreciated it very much!

Thoughts of Joy said...

I "absolutely adored" this book, as well!

Happy New Year!

Meg @ A Bookish Affair said...

This book has been on my TBR for awhile so I'm glad that you liked it!

nomadreader said...

I don't read much non-fiction, but this one keeps getting raved about! Perhaps I'll try to get it on audio, as I often do well with audio non-fiction (despite not being a big audio listener either). I'm glad you loved this one!

christa @ mental foodie said...

This was one of my favorite reads in 2011. Here's my review if you are interested!

Mrs Q Book Addict said...

This book blew me away. It was such a great read. I'm glad to read that you enjoyed it as well.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I really enjoyed this book last year. I love the story and what was accomplished.

Tina~ said...

Ive heard so many things about this book. I debated this one for TLC, but didn't. Ill have to read this one eventually.

Diane said...

Sounds like an interesting book. Great review! Hugs and have a Happy New Year!!! :O)

Heather @ Book Addiction said...

I completely agree, Jenny! I wasn't expecting to love this book so much but I really did. One thing I particularly loved is that he sort of snuck in a little love story. Totally unexpected, but totally made me love the author even more!

heathertlc said...

I'm so glad you were able to be part of this tour - it sounds like this was the perfect book for you. Thanks for the wonderful review! I'm featuring your review on TLC's Facebook page today.

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