Friday, March 4, 2011

Little Princes: A Book Review

About The Book:

In search of adventure, 29-year-old Conor Grennan traded his day job for a year-long trip around the globe, a journey that began with a three-month stint volunteering at the Little Princes Children's Home, an orphanage in war-torn Nepal.
Conor was initially reluctant to volunteer, unsure whether he had the proper skill, or enough passion, to get involved in a developing country in the middle of a civil war. But he was soon overcome by the herd of rambunctious, resilient children who would challenge and reward him in a way that he had never imagined. When Conor learned the unthinkable truth about their situation, he was stunned: The children were not orphans at all. Child traffickers were promising families in remote villages to protect their children from the civil war - - for a huge fee - - by taking them to safety. They would then abandon the children far from home, in the chaos of Nepal's capital, Kathmandu.

For Conor, what began as a footloose adventure becomes a commitment to reunite the children he had grown to love with their families, but this would be no small task. He would risk his life on a journey through the legendary mountains of Nepal, facing the dangers of a bloody civil war and a debilitating injury. Waiting for Conor back in Kathmandu, and hopeful he would make it out before being trapped in by snow, was the woman who would eventually become his wife and share his life's work.

Little Princes is a true story of families and children, and what one person is capable of when faced with seemingly insurmountable odds. At turns tragic, joyful, and hilarious, Little Princes is a testament to the power of faith and the ability of love to carry us beyond our wildest expectations.

About The Author:

Conor Grennan, author of Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal,volunteered in Nepal at the Little Princes Children's Home in the village of Godwari in 2004.  He would eventually return to  Nepal to launch Next Generation Nepal (NGN), a nonprofit organization dedicated to reconnecting trafficked children with their families in postwar Nepal.

Conor is a graduate from the University of Virginia and NYU Stern School of Business.  He currently resides in Connecticut with his wife and son. 

For more information, view Conor Grennan's Web site

My Review:

The first I have to say about this book is that it is stunning. 

With each page I read, I was amazed at the selflessness that Conor Grennan displayed as he traveled around the world to Nepal. What started as a short term volunteer opportunity to make himself look impressive to others for Grennan ultimately turned into a five year, life changing experience. Not only for him, but for all the children he met, and saved, through Little Prince's Children's Home in Nepal.

There were many times throughout the book that I had to stop reading due to the tears running down my face. Not since reading Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson has a book affected me in this way. Wow. 

As many of you know, I don't like to give away key plots or "spoilers" when doing my reviews, however, know that this book will break your heart as you read it. You will learn more about the civil war in Nepal, more than you ever wanted to know about child trafficking and even more about the resolve of the human spirit and that one person can (and DOES) make a difference. If you have stopped yourself from helping out with global issues because you don't think that one person can make a difference, you are wrong and Little Princes by Conor Grennan proves that.

Little Princes is a heartfelt, honest and hard book to read, but you will be a changed person for reading it. I know I am. Yet within the dark topics seen throughout this book, Grennan has also incorporated humor, and there were many times I laughed out loud as I read (complete with odd looks from my daughters and husband). The depth of human compassion see through the pages of Little Princes is something I have not seen in a while, yet wish to see more of. Also included are stunning full-color photos of many of the sights and children from Nepal. These children are beautiful and it is just awful what they have gone through in their young ages. Thank you to Conor Grennan and his collegeauges for their work at Little Prince's Children's Home.

If you have not had a chance to read this wonderful book, I urge you to! Your life will be better for it.

I give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Little Princes: One Man's Promise To Bring Home The Lost Children of Nepal online through Amazon - it is also available through your local bookseller.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of FSB Media, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

1 comment:

  1. Oh I just put this on my wishlist! Thanks for the review!