September 30, 2020 was our second meeting discussing I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban and the chapters we read during the two weeks were chapters five through eight. Here is a short summary of these chapters.
In these chapters Malala starts off with a childhood story that shows the type of person she is. These stories create a connection between her and the reader because many people could relate in one way or another to her stories. In these chapters Malala also talks in depth of the history of Pakistan, and just like her childhood stories, we can relate. One example that she talks about is what happened in Pakistan after 9/11 and how at this time the Taliban was becoming visible and creating uncertainty within her home. Malala goes into the history of Pakistan to set up the next chapters that described her father’s struggles with opening a school for both boys and girls while the community grew more and more conservative. These chapters demonstrated that Malala is a human like everyone else, one that cries when she gets into trouble and prays for a peaceful world.
We did a check in and instead of having specific questions to think about, we decided to process the chapters that we read for this meeting.“Rather I receive your bullet-riddled body with honor, than new of your cowardice on the battlefield” Traditional Pashto couplet (Part One - p. 11)
In preparation for our next meeting we will be reading (or listening) to Chapters 9-12. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, October 14 from 11 a.m.–12 p.m. via Zoom. The Book Club Blog is here to keep everyone updated in order for anyone to join at any time. So join today!
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