By GREG MORTENSON
PENGUIN BOOKS, 2007
368 PAGES, ISBN: 978-0143038252, PAPERBACK
Reviewed by Louise Nayer
More than anything, Three Cups of Tea is about promises kept. In a world where, for many, empty words, corruption, and the pursuit of money—rather than humanitarian values—have become the norm, this book is a journey of hope, not simply imagined but realized. It is the personal journey of a rock climber, Greg Mortenson, who wanted desperately to reach the summit of K2 in Pakistan’s Karakoram mountain range to memorialize his sister, Christa, by leaving her necklace at 28,267 feet. Christa died young and was “ . . . the nicest of all of us. She faced her limitations with grace.” Though he did not make it to the top, her kind spirit and life of struggle guided him. When he was found, near death, and brought to the village of Korphe, he witnessed the extreme poverty and grave medical problems of the villagers. These villagers, who had next to nothing, gave him endless attention, food, and drink.