Little Princes : One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal
"Funny, touching, tragic....A remarkable tale of corruption, child trafficking and civil war in a far away land--and one man's extraordinary quest to reunite lost Nepalese children with their parents."--Neil White, author of In the Sanctuary of OutcastsLittle Princes is the epic story of Conor Grennan's battle to save the lost children of Nepal and how he found himself in the process. Part Three Cups of Tea, part Into Thin Air, Grennan's remarkable memoir is at once gripping and inspirational, and it carries us deep into an exotic world that most readers know little about.
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- Hardback | 294 pages
- 149.86 x 231.14 x 33.02mm | 544.31g
- 25 Jan 2011
- William Morrow & Company
- New York, NY, United States
- Maps; Illustrations, color
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"The beauty of this book is partly the fact that it is a memoir. But it is also more than that. I defy you to not be inspired or moved by this saga."--New York Journal of Books
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Nepal has also been in the throes of civil war for about a decade. Between the Nationalists and the Maoists, Nepal has been in constant upheaval. The terrain of Nepal is often difficult and isolated. Villages dot the mountainsides where simple people live simple lives. But then the Maoists arrived in those villages and began recruiting the children. In an effort to preserve their children, parents gave their children to men who promised a good education and safe childhood for a price - often resulting in all they had. Child trafficking was born. The author is a fantastic story teller. His humor never wanes. He recalls interactions and conversations in great detail and describes the first children with so much fondness, I fell in love with them, too. Being an overgrown child, Conor quickly fit right in. Three months is all he planned to give and then he was off to travel the world, return to the states, and be a grown up in the corporate world. Instead, he is drawn again to the orphans where he discovers that at least two of them are not really orphans. At the same time, he meets 7 more who are dangerously housed and exposed. He secures a safe orphanage for them and is assured of their placement. With rising political tensions, Conor leaves the country again. Once home, he discovers that the 7 children had disappeared and didn't make it to the orphanage. Naturally, Conor returns to Nepal where he is introduced to a political climate that is dangerous and unsteady. A culture that is starkly contrasted to one where bureaucracies are in place to protect children. Child slavery, human trafficking, illegal orphanages, and complete poverty and starvation are not uncommon. At the same time, a warm, brotherly relationship develops between the author and the boys from the original orphanage. Their interactions elicited loud laughter from this reader. I loved this book. It was touching, hilarious, heartwarming, heartbreaking, and life changing. You can read more about Conor Grennan's work at http://www.nextgenerationnepal.com/What_We_Do Conor's facebook page is right here. Friend him. We can all use friends!show moreby Nancy