Review: I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the TalibanI am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a thoroughly personal and yet powerful story of the efforts of one young girl to bring about something that every individual on this planet should have, an education.

Rather than focus on the attempted murder, Malala Yousafzai spends the overwhelming majority of this book telling the poignant story of all that led to that event, and does so in a way that is both child-like and yet insightful and compelling. The fight of Yousafzai and her father – among so many in Pakistan – to resist the Talibanisation of her beloved Swat Valley, which would lead to the forced abandonment of education for girls as unIslamic, reminds those of us who live in the Western post-liberal world that just because we have access to things like education does not meant that everyone does.

I was moved by the story told by Malala, moved not because the Taliban tried to kill her, but because Malala only wants what I have been blessed with, the opportunity to learn and develop knowledge.

If we are to believe her pledge, and I dod, this book is not the whole story of Malala Yousafzai. There is much, much more to come.

And the world will be a better place because of it.

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