I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai – Book Review

I Am Malala

The Girl Who Stood Up For Education And Was Shot By The Taliban

BY: MALALA YOUSAFZAI (with CHRISTINA LAMB)

Book Review:

There are various kinds of books. Some books interest you; some entertain, some make a permanent place in your bookshelf, while some make a deep impression on your mind as they are more than just inspiring. Malala Yousafzai’s autobiography, I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban is one such read.

I Am Malala is a fearless memoir of a young girl MALALA YOUSAFZAI, co-written with journalist Christina Lamb. This moving real story in the words of a young girl, who is now known across the world for her courage and hope, has stirred the hearts of many. Her battle for the important principles of liberty, democracy and freedom has inspired many people.

This young activist and Nobel Peace Prize 2014 winner has fought an inspirational battle for girls’ education rights in Pakistan. The book reveals her determination to make the world a better place.

Malala’s passion for education is described very beautifully in the book. You have to read it to believe what this young girl went through and how she overcame all odds, even a life threatening attack on her.

The book begins with a story told in her own words, her birth, the story behind her name and the circumstances of the family at the time of her birth. The book also tells about the contribution of her father Ziauddin Yousafzai towards education of girls and the inspiration she drew from him.

Book Review:

Sometimes we take the things; that we get in life very easily, as granted. It is probably impossible for us to imagine that to get education, one has to survive a gunshot. The book is a true picture of the world, perhaps unknown to many of us, where education is a strict no no for girls. When education should be a right for every young girl in the world, forces like the Taliban and Boko Haram are strictly against the idea of education for girls. In their view, education will corrupt young girls and will take them away from their true culture.

Malala’s story begins in Swat Valley, her native place which she describes as “the most beautiful place in all the world the Swat Valley, is a heavenly kingdom of mountains, gushing waterfalls and crystal-clear lakes.” The beautiful narration of the scenic beauty of the region makes the readers fall in love with the place without even visiting it. Her family, of Pashtun origin, lived in the valley’s largest town, Mingora. She was named after Malalai of Maiwand, “the greatest heroine of Afghanistan” who “inspired the Afghan army to defeat the British in 1880 in one of the biggest battles of the Second Anglo-Afghan War.”

The initial chapters of the book deal with her background, her strong bonding with her family, the inspiration she drew from her father and her struggle for education.

The story also shares several instances of how her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, rebelled against the Taliban’s orders to stop encouraging girl education.

The story took a turn with a turning point in her life. On October 9, 2012, a bearded man, who was a Taliban gunman, fired three shots at point blank range in her head. In the words of Malala, “The first went through my left eye socket and out under my left shoulder. I slumped forward onto Moniba, blood coming from my left ear, so the other two bullets hit the girls next to me… My friends later told me the gunman’s hand was shaking as he fired.”

Malala was then taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, and underwent several surgeries in the next few months. During her stay at the hospital, the young girl received numerous letters and cards from all over the world. “It feels like this life is a second life. People prayed to God to spare me and I was spared for a reason – to use my life for helping people.”

“I Am Malala” is a powerful story of a Pakistani family and a book that is must read for every teen and adult alike. The book shows how a small voice can inspire big change in the world.

We salute you Malala Yousafzai, the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Prize!

And, we salute your family, who supported you in your efforts to fight against the evil Taliban!

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