“It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” - Bill Gates
I personally felt that this novel was an excellent read. Especially for the Global Issues Novel Study. The reason I think this is is that it addressed global issues like poverty, gender equality, and education in multiple countries such as Nepal, Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka, and more. It could’ve had the terms Global and issues stamped onto it. Another thing I liked about the book is that it was from the perspective of John Wood, who grew up in a First World Country (America), and being told from that perspective helped me understand the unfortunate situations which were, and are present better. Anyhow, I really enjoyed the book.
I thought it was a good read because it introduced an anchor of sorts, which made it feel relevant to my life. This was engaging and interesting. The anchor I’m referring to is the perspective from which the story is told. John is from a 1st world country and describing how he felt seeing, and comparing the two societies really made it feel more real. The perspective helped me connect my everyday life and these problems that many people face. I would definitely recommend this to others.
I haven’t really read any other novels that address these sort of problems and revolve around this sort of setting, but I’ve read A LOT of books, and I truly enjoyed reading this one. I’d recommend totally it!
“The biggest risk is that a lot of people will try to talk you out of pursuing your dream.” - John Wood