* The preface is read by Malala herself. It's interesting to hear the author's own voice. This made me glad that I picked up the audio version instead of the printed book.
* The main text is read by Archie Panjabi, and I enjoyed her mellifluous reading voice. It's very different from the voice she used as Pinky in the film Bend it like Beckham! :)
* If you love poetry, then this book is for you. Malala quotes traditional Pashtun poetry frequently. These short, pithy poems are somewhat like haiku.
* The discs themselves are beautiful, printed with a delicate floral pattern. For some people this may not matter, but for me the added beauty enhances my enjoyment of the book.
* Malala emphasizes the importance of education and peace. Her spoken message focuses on girls' right to education. But she has another message, too. Though never stated directly in the text, her implied message seems to me to be that westerners ought to be better educated about the cultures and politics of Pakistan. Through her story, I certainly learned a lot of background information about Pakistan and its history. And many recent world events make much more sense to me now. It's my hope that the more we humans understand each other, the easier it will be to achieve peace. Malala gives me hope that such peace is possible.
I am so glad at the depth of explanation Malala has included in her story. I was most interested in the background of the events that would seek to answer the question "Why" and "What is it like in Pakistan", and I received it. This is not a drama - it is a richly written story without the Hollywood sensationalism.
I would greatly like to hear more about her father. No doubt Malala is a strong human, but the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, as they say.
A great autobiographical book. For a young girl she has lived quite a life. She wrote not only about being shot and how she recovered, but also about her life was as a child, her family, and how females are really nothing in her country. She overcame so much. She writes a lot about the history the power in her country and struggles people encounter when the brain-washing went on. I believe that she will one day one of the worlds greatest leaders.
Malala Yousafzai’s – ‘I am Malala’ was a terrific book. I read this book while I listened to the book on CD to heighten the experience and to at least to hear Malala’s own voice in the Prologue. It was well worth the extra time it took to read this book. It does have an untold number of names unfamiliar to a Westerner; the CD lessoned the frustration of constantly needing to interpret a new name of a person or place. Malala describes her life through a number of years in the Swat Valley in Pakistan, before, leading to, and after the Taliban took control; it certainly seemed like a paradise. While her story may be dry at times I do encourage every reader to finish her book. History seems to have somewhat repeated itself as the quality of life deteriorated in the Swat Valley similar to that of Germany when Hitler came to power. Freedom and basic human rights were eroded one after another. One poem with a significant message for us all, which Malala included in her book, reference page 140, written by Martin Niemöller who lived in Nazi Germany speaks volumes – “First they came for the communists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist. Then they came for the socialists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak out because I was not a Catholic. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.” What a powerful message.
I highly recommend this book, in particular to every young woman, young man, and to every adult who wants to be enlightened and informed; it is quite an eye opener. Malala is a very special young woman and I am sure and I hope that we have not heard the last of her. She should become a role model for many young women. Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.
The amazing courage of a young lady faced with a life so challenging it is almost beyond comprehension. A true role model for any young woman.
Inspiring, courageous, informative. I wasn't able to listen to all of it, but what I heard I liked.
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