part of my book reading challenge is the book I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. Just to say it now: the book hasn’t been written personally by her, a journalist helped her writing this book. When you read it you will realize that.
Also I picked this book because even before reading this book, Malala seems to be for her (now) 19 years like a really fascinating and strong woman. Personally I think this book is a very important read, especially in a time like this, in which no one seems to understand each other properly anymore. Other religions and cultures are weird? Why aren’t people just adapting SO easily? And most importantly: Refugees just can’t WAIT to leave their home.
I don’t know how influenced this book was on some political basis. All I know is that we have to understand that just because we are afraid of changes we shouldn’t simply assuming things from our own experience.
The thing I like to remind myself whenever I heard about the news that Refugees just need to get back to wherever they came from. That they should go where ever just not here: Remember World War 2. Remember all the Wars, all the huntings of different cultures and religions, of Christians, Jews and Muslims; Black, White, Indians, Chinese. People from Europe fled from World War 2 (just like my Great-Granddad fled from Austria to Germany to the USA) – what would have happened if the United States decided he wasn’t welcome?
This is getting too deep for a book review but I hope you know what I want to say here. I know that not everyone is a “real” refugee – but let’s just leave it there. Not to start with these “omg we let Terrorists in”. Yeah sure because Terrorists are just that stupid that they can’t move around anyway. Urgh people.
Published on: October 8th 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
This is the story of Malala Yousafzai, a girl from Pakistan who fights for rights to let every child have a school education. Her focus lies on girls since in her culture women should stay at home, raise children, do the household and be there for her husband. Men are the people that are allowed to go outside, work and be the most represented member of the family. Malala has the luck that her father supports the idea that women should be just as educated, well-spoken and shining as men. Malala is allowed to go to school and eagerly learns as she realized from her daily life how important it is to get an education. Simply by the start of not believing everything a person says and realizing from her own knowledge what is true and false. Because if you don’t know things, you can get brainwashed more easily and that’s how the government and the bad people, here the main theme are the Taliban, raised fear among the cities. They bombed schools, assassinated people who spoke against the Taliban and their believes, that women and girls aren’t supposed to be thinking and be educated. This seems to be just a western believe and western believes are BAD.
The story begins when Malala explains shortly what happened on the day she got shot in the head, then stops and explains her story from the point as she’s just a little girl, then moves on slowly until late 2013’s when she had to leave Pakistan to live in Exil in Birmingham, England, since it’s too dangerous for her to return home.
Personally, this book has been a mind-changer for me. It makes you realize a whole other point of view and how certain religions get interpreted by people so differently. Basically as the person wishes it to be. Malala and her family are very religious people, they know how the Islam works. So they realize how less other people seem to know and let the Taliban rule over them since they are telling a whole different story about the Koran.
Apparently the book deputed just on time, when everybody is on edge and everything is on a breaking point. That’s why it is even more important to read it right now. Yes, it has been a bit slow at some points, yet it was necessary to understand the culture better and the fear these people have to live in day for day. Not to forget the struggle to even be allowed to get educated. Unthinkable for me since school in Austria has never been a big deal, it is not even questioned if you should go to school or not, you simple have to. It’s been a law for quite some time and the pressure of getting good grades are high, for both boys and girls. Nobody would ask here why a girl is allowed to go to school, nobody would think of assassinating girls or teachers for education.
To form a proper opinion on this book I really recommend reading this book, especially if you have heard of Malala just a bit. Down below I left three videos, one video is of Malala’s speech in front of the UN, one about Malala’s Nobel Peace Prize Speech and the other one is about an interview Emma Watson has done with Malala.
I gave the book 4 out of 5 goodreads stars because as mentioned, it took me some while to read it since there have been some slow parts.