Sunday 18 March 2018

Carole's SUnday Review: Three cups of tea

Author: David Oliver Relin and Greg Mortenson

Title: Three Cups of Tea One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time
Genre: Nonfiction
Pages: 349 
Published: 2006
Where I Got It: My shelf (Friend gave me copy)

The inspiring account of one man's campaign to build schools in the most dangerous, remote, and anti-American reaches of Asia.

I have been dreading writing this review honestly. It’s not that this book is bad by any means, but it is bad. Read on and you will hopefully see what I mean.

The story follows Greg Mortenson who is pretty much a world hero and a self-proclaimed hero who has brought education to parts of the world that really need it, especially for the young girls. I say that with love. He is not humble in the work he has done. WHICH he shouldn’t be humble because he has done some amazing work, BUT an ounce of humble-pie is good for you when helping write your own book. 

Which brings me to my biggest issue of the book. This was written by two completely different authors. You can really tell. You get used to one format and style of writing and then BAM the other writer hops in mid-paragraph. *blinks* I swear I was getting whiplash. 

Not only did the writing style change, but the format of the text. The tense would change. It was like a documentary written down word for word. Things are going well and then the camera would change to an interview with the subject to get his opinion on a certain topic or event and then back to viewing the story. It was horribly distracting and made the flow as well as a choppy ocean during a hurricane. My poor brain. 

Besides for the terrible writing I had to endure, I really did like the story. Yes, yes. That sounds hard and impossible. I really did like seeing the people he ran into and the growth he had as a person as he filled the shoes of a World Hero. He really did do wonders for people who needed it. 

That is why I loathed writing this. I do not want to take away this story. I want people to experience the journey the man went on. Maybe watch his interviews and documentaries instead though. This? Gah. I can’t fully recommend it without a huge WARNING sign on the cover. 

Now…the 2nd thing I dread….the star stamp…errr…ummmmm….2 stars. Is that too low? Gah! I don’t know. I’ll stick with 2. 


  1. I was interested in this book until all the controversy about the author came out. It sounds like skipping it was the right decision.

  2. Oh that is too bad the writing style was so jarring and didn't flow. At least you still liked the story.

  3. I think I started this a few years ago and dnf'd it.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

  4. I remember hearing about this book when it first came out but wasn't sure if it would be for me or not. I think I will be skipping it.

  5. Well you are being honest. I read it too long ago to remember all the details other than the service he did for girls education.

    1. Yess. I am honest. I just wish there was a better book to represent the good he did. He did so much.

  6. I remember there was a lot of hub-bub about this book, but I don't recall what it was. Thanks for the honest review.

  7. Thanks Carole! No idea what the controversy was

    1. I think he over shoot the amount of money he said he raised up for the donations. Something like that. Not sure honestly. There is proof he did good and that is all I care about.



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