Publisher: Back Bay Books (Hachette Book Group USA)
Publication Date: October 2013
Number of Pages: 327 pages
I Am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.
On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.
Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
My thoughts on this book?
Reading this before the 14th General Election which is on the 9th May 2018 in my country, Malaysia and finished reading this after the election. I find her character is impressive for using her privileges at her disposal for the benefit of others. Simply put, Malala is selfless.
Malala’s story has made me to think on what do I have with me that I may use it to help others who are underprivileged? Seriously, most of us (myself included) are caught up with the world of me me me me. No wonder the older generations labeled us as the ‘generation of entitled’. We think that we are entitled to every good thing in the world to the extent where we aren’t grateful for little things that we already have and simply take many things for granted.
Malala is one of the rare individuals who genuinely intend to help others who are underprivileged. Malala wants to see girls in her country, Pakistan to be able to go to school and get educated i.e. boldly campaigning for education for girls despite the threats by the Talibans. Furthermore, it appears to me that Malala fits the phrase by Mahatma Gandhi “Be the change that you want to be.”
In addition to that, I’m amazed by Malala’s spirits of diligence and steadfast to fight despite the many threats she received before she was shot by the Talibans, and her boldness to fight for the things that she believed to be right; starting from her anonymous blog posts which gradually brought her and her father to respond to the requests of the journalists to interview her.
I highly recommend this book if you are looking for inspirations on how to boldly speak up your opinions by any means, to be firm in your stand, and to do things that you believe is right.
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