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  • Hardcover
  • 327 pages
  • I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
  • Malala Yousafzai
  • English
  • 08 March 2017
  • 9780316322409

About the Author: Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest ever Nobel Prize laureate She is known for human rights advocacy, especially education of women in her native Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school Her advocacy has since grown into an international movement.



10 thoughts on “I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

  1. says:

    Reading this book reminded me of how much I take for granted every day Freedom of speech Freedom of religion The freedom to go to the store without needing a male escort And the ability to get an education, regardless of gender I was a girl in a land where rifles are fired in celebration of a son, while daughters are hidden away behind a curtain, their role in life simply to prepare food and give birth to children Malala, who is now 16, is an outspoken advocate for girls to have the same right to go to school as boys In her native Pakistan, she lost that ability when the Taliban took over I was 10 when the Taliban came to our valley It seemed to us that the Taliban arrived in the night just like vampires They appeared in groups, armed with knives and Kalashnikovs They looked so dark and dirty and that my father s friend described them as people deprived of baths and barbers The Taliban started bombing schools and decreed that girls couldn t get an education Malala s father was a school principal and encouraged her to speak out She was only 15 at the time, but threats were made against her and her family And in October 2012, when she was riding the school bus with her friends, a man with a gun climbed aboard the vehicle and shot Malala in the head.Amazingly, Malala survived the bullet and was able to recover She and her family currently live in England, but Malala writes about how much she misses her home country and wishes she could return to be with her friends Her graciousness was such that she did not wish revenge on her attacker, and instead prays for peace I thank Allah for the hardworking doctors, for my recovery and for sending us to this world where we may struggle for our survival Some people choose good ways and some choose bad ways One person s bullet hit me It swelled my brain, stole my hearing and cut the nerve of my left face in the space of a second And after that one second there were millions of people praying for my life and talented doctors who gave me my body back I was a good girl In my heart I had only the desire to help people Malala s story is both heartbreaking and inspiring I admire her courage and her tenacity, and also hope that her country will one day find peace Why are we Muslims fighting with each other We should focus on practical issues We have so many people in our country who are illiterate, and many women have no education at all We live in a place where schools are blown up We have no reliable electricity supply Not a single day passes without the killing of at least one Pakistani The book is lovingly written, and I also appreciated her stories about the history of Pakistan and her people, the Pashtuns While reading the book I realized that I knew about the history of other countries in the region, such as Afghanistan, Iran and India, than I did about Pakistan, and it was very informative I would highly recommend the book to anyone interested in women s rights, current events, history or inspirational memoirs Today we all know education is our basic right Not just in the West Islam too has given us this right Islam says every girl and every boy should go to school In the Quran it is written, God wants us to have knowledge He wants us to know why the sky is blue and about oceans and stars The Taliban could take our pens and books, but they couldn t stop our minds from thinking Update October 2014 I was thrilled to hear that Malala had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her humanitarian work I have recommended this book to numerous people in the past year, and am still amazed by her courage Three cheers for Malala

  2. says:

    Just to be clear, the rating is for the book not the person Malala herself I read this quickly whilst on holidays and was keen to find out about her story after seeing a short tv piece just before leaving home I think her story is amazing and her courage remarkable, her plight and vision inspiring but the book itself I found to be an odd mix of political and historical fact and personal reflections that didn t quite gel for me Still a worthy read and I really appreciated the insight into the young girls life with her family I can see that the historical documentation that was added, presumably by the other author, is there to inform people like me who have a flimsy grasp on the political events and motivations of power brokers in that region of the world, however I found Malala s personal account to be much interesting and think the book would have done better with a different angle that focused on just her story or even told the political through her eyes or wordsI found myself wondering sometimes who am I listening to here and feeling a little as if I was being coerced into forming a political opinion based on the interpretations being offered in the factual accounts.

  3. says:

    We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced. Criticism be damned, I loved this book.Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl, was just fifteen years old when the Taliban decided she needed to be taken out That she was too dangerous to be alive That she was radical, sacrilegious and so much And what did she do What was the heinous, terrible actions that necessitated her being shot Education is education We should learn everything and then choose which path to follow Education is neither Eastern nor Western, it is human. She spoke up for education particularly for girls and was doing such an inspirational job, that she became a problem.Her father, a schoolmaster, founded many schools throughout her childhood and he always gave Malala the option to speak up for her right to education And speak up she did She corresponded with newspapers, campaigned on the radio and even appeared on television One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world. She gave a voice to the ever silenced children, especially the girls, who were forced to cover up and stay at home To give up their education because it was improper.Malala expressed her love for God, for her people and for the right to education time and time again When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful. And when the Taliban heard of her, they decided that she, a fifteen year old girl, needed to be killed.And so they tried They shot her in the head on her way to school on October 9th, 2012.But something happened that they had not calculated she survived And the attempted murder assassination I think she s important enough to bump this to attempted assassination didn t cow her or put her in her place She survived and she is ready to continue the fight We were scared, but our fear was not as strong as our courage. In short amazing Truly amazing.This book felt like a honest chat between the author and the world she unashamedly details the poverty, the cruelty and the losses that her family, and the families around her, suffered.But at the same time, she speaks so honestly and fervently about her love for God, her country and even for those who attacked out of fear or misguidance.Normally, when there is a second author, the book begins to feel false as in there s too much influence from the professional writer, and that erases all of the personal voice But that was not the case in this one.Malala s felt so incredibly real, the way she spoke about her life in Pakistan from her humble beginnings to the success of her father s school and heartbreaking, especially when she talked about her freedom being taken away slowly This is a book that should be read by everyone especially the those who oppose her because if you can feel one ounce of love that Malala feels for her country and education, then I honestly don t see why anyone would keep fighting it If one man can destroy everything, why can t one girl change it The Finer Books Club 2018 Reading Challenge an audiobook read by the authorBlog Instagram Twitter

  4. says:

    I really wanted to love this book I don t think anyone can deny the difficulties this girl has faced or the impact she has had on the world However, the book reads like an odd jumble of Pakistani history, politics, and personal experience that never quite comes together into a cohesive narrative The first few chapters are very inconsistent and meander all over the place with no clear destination it sounds like a collection of memories or family stories interspersed with factual information about Pakistan and the history of the Swat valley, and I had a very difficult time staying engaged and keeping track of the many people mentioned The story becomes a little streamlined as Yousafzai starts to recount her older childhood years leading up to the banning of education for girls, but I still had issues with the writing This is one of the egregious examples, but I think it captures the serious need for editing The new girls had horrible stories Ayesha told us how one day on the way home from Sangota she had seen a Taliban holding up the severed head of a policeman by its hair, blood dripping from the neck The Sangota girls were also very bright, which meant competition One of them, Rida, was excellent at making speeches p.144 It is certainly inspirational to hear Yousafzai s and her father s stories about speaking up in defiance of politicians, local mullahs, and the Taliban, but I think many readers might lose interest trying to follow the disjointed narrative The book feels like it was really rushed, which is a serious shame Someone this brave and interesting deserves a better book.

  5. says:

    Being a fellow Muslim, I was indeed intrigued and awed by the courage of this young girl who is brave enough to speak up about what is wrong with her country and strive for education to be available for all.Coming from a country where education is a main priority and females overpopulated the men in schools, colleges and universities, I was indeed aghast to discovered that in certain parts of the world, women are being treated as second class citizens It brought a tear to my eyes, how Malala and her friends struggled to continue their education despite the horrors of war, earthquake and the ongoing power struggle between the military and the Islamic militants in Pakistan Certainly, Malala owed much of her courage from her own father who is an education activist and is the owner of a private school Their family background and details about the Swat Valley is described vividly in the book and readers get to know about the places that she has lived and been to.This book should be given out to every teen so that they would realise how important an education is and not to think of schooling so lightly I felt so grateful to be able to live in a country where although the majority are Muslims, the women are not banned from attending schools and told to stay at homes to serve the men Thank you, Malala for bringing attention to your plight Isn t it ironic that instead of silencing Malala with the gunshot, the Taliban instead have given her an even bigger voice that has been heard the world over

  6. says:

    These days it seems like our world is a giant game of telephone Any news story or online gossip you hear is hard to believe because it has been skewed so much since it left the source It is refreshing and enlightening to hear a story straight from the source especially on the topic of life in the Middle East which is always quickly demonized in America By experiencing Malala s story, it gives a true face to the people of Pakistan who are mostly wanting peace and prosperity, not oppression and terror.I highly recommend this book to anyone who only has views of the world from the news and social media Seeing how the war on terror in the Middle East was experienced by a child on the front lines is pretty amazing I thought my teenage drama was hard here in the United States, but what Malala and her countrymen and women went through is humbling In fact, I think the story of this book can be of value to anyone living today who feels like they are far away from the terror or that they are better than people from other countries For every terrorist, there are hundreds of people just like us.5 stars all the way let s just hope other books like this stop having to be written because people are being terrorized and having their rights threatened The people that read this and don t take it with a grain of salt, the closer we will all be to a better world.

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    I could not be bothered with negative comments So, get on with your life Just ignore the review if you think I write negatively.I don t want to raise some sentiments here, so if your comments got deleted, like I wrote earlier, get on with your life Edited to include what I have wrote earlier in my comments on 4 December 13 I do feel that this autobiography should have waited for a few years for Malala to have a much distinctive voice.Unfortunately, this was muted by the co author.2.5 stars..OK shoot me I actually hated this book, because the co author named Christina Lamb actually used 3 4 of the book and sensationalise everything EVERYTHING That is why I am giving 2 stars for the 3 4 of the first part of the book And this co author put on dates and tragedies and events and it was like, I am in war all over.I actually enjoyed Malala Yousafzai retelling, on her father s dream, on her school, on her daily life But when the other author start saying Pakistan is bad all over, oh hey, I got quite a few friends who are studying for their qualifications in the UK, and they turned out quite well And they are men, and not Talibans.I know Talibans are wrong because they stop the girls for going to school and be educated But there are some people who are not bad The way Christina Lamb painted that all Pakistanis are violent that s the vibes here makes me want to smack her I am a Muslim, BTW, and this co author who is living in London is trying to say Muslims are bad. oh heck.But for the second part, 1 4 of the book, it will be 3 stars This is because Malala s voice has become prominent later in the book And I do love and enjoy her stories after she survived that Taliban shooting in her school bus.OK if I can survive this auto biography, maybe I will survive other horrid books.

  8. says:

    Being resident of the area, Valley of Swat, where she lived basically she is from the adjoining District Shangla whence her father came to Swat and established private school , I find the authenticity of the most of events described and actions claimed hard to believe as do almost all the residents.First there is the question of Local Talibans forcing girls from going to schools That is not true I was, as everyone else, a regular listener of the Taliban s daily half an hour or so long FM radio broadcast and they only verbally forced girls to wear proper veils when going to school, which was hardly an enforcement as the local culture is already extremely conscious of the veil Mala herself wears a scarf However, to my knowledge they encouraged girls to leave western schools but they claimed that after installing an Islamic government here in the area, they would set up proper exemplary girls schools In fact, in the local tribal society it is unthinkable to force a woman or girl from doing or not doing something as it is tantamount to man handling them, which is, frankly speaking, a sure way to get killed or beaten not only by relatives distant or near of the woman girl but anyone who is nearby Anyone here can testify to fact that on various occasions many individual talibans were mercilessly beaten up by locals when they spoke to shopping women reproachfully Additionally, the Talibans were locals later they were joined by savages from central Asian region and Afghanistan but they kept to themselves and they never held absolute power here. As opposed to the official stance, the people of Swat never left their homes when Talibans were in control, as a matter of fact, they were forced to leave when army started the operation by the army Secondly, Talibans were never in control of the city where Malala resided for so long as to impose their alleged rule They entered the city in early May I was there buying DVDs with friends by then the impending military operation had already caused educational institutions to close indefinitely A week or ten days after the invasion of the city they, despite the hype, actually numbered not than two or two and a half dozen who occupied few private buildings and hotels army entered the city In any case, people started to leave the city after Taliban invasion for fear of artillery and aerial bombardment by the army Therefore, it highly unlikely that there were any female students still going to schools This timing problems also exist in her diary , dated January February, which records the incidents on her way to school Valley Swat is officially a Winter Zone and all educational institutions are closed for winter vacation on the 25th of December to 1st of March Thirdly, no one is aware of anyone raising their voice for the general cause of girls education at any point during the uprising in any way or on any forum since there was nothing as such called for However, I personally am aware of two occasions where a relative s , affiliated with the Talibans, tried to stop daughters or sisters of close relatives from going to school and were physically forced to abstain from any such acts in the future I personally do not wish to malign anyone s reputation, especially not that of the adorable yet unfortunate Malala whose courage and personality I admire However, as the history is been written, I would disapprove of any one who may, innocently, inadvertently or deliberately, represent truth in a distorted form We were unfortunate enough to have had Talibans forced upon us, let us not be burdened with half truths and tarnished representation I am not alone in these perception, everyone share them here That was the reason that the students of prime Girls College in the city here refused their college to be named after Mala. In fact, the allegedly repressed young girls vociferously protested out the college any such decision that forced the army and official authorities to relent.I am led to understand that there is a Malala Fund with millions of dollars with the aim to spread girls education in my area. May I respectfully ask when would a dollar from that money be spent here for the cause

  9. says:

    I absolutely loved this book I have been following this story ever since Malala Yousafzai was shot and articles about her began to appear on CNN.com I was always captivated by the way Malala spoke in interviews before she was attacked I simply loved the sound of her voice and the sight of her face, which seemed to shine with her spirit She might not think she is beautiful, but to me she is stunning I adore the bright colors she wears and the liquid wonder of her eyes.It was difficult to read about the shameful, cowardly attack on her, from her own POV I empathized so much that it was painful to hear the details some of which she could only describe as being what was told to her about the shooting.On the other hand, I will always remember one statement she made A Talib fires three shots at point blank range at three girls in a van and doesn t kill any of them I know God stopped me from going to the grave 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 It will always give me chills to think that it is amazing indeed that a Talib gunman fired three bullets, intending to kill one young girl and that, unbelievably, he failed I find it very hard to argue with the idea that Malala was, in fact, spared for a reason.The parts I enjoyed most about this autobiography were the beginning and end, where Malala speaks about her home, the Swat Valley, and everything that she loved and was proud about there from her amazing father who, unlike most Pashtuns, celebrated when his wife gave birth to a daughter, to her best friend Moniba, with whom she giggled and played with, and who was also her rival for top of the class at at Kahshul School.When Malala described an ordinary day in her old life, fighting with her younger brothers, listening to the village women who would gather at her mother s in the afternoon, I was absolutely charmed It seemed that there was no ghostwriter and that I could hear Malala s voice speaking the words aloud as clearly as I had heard her speak on videos about her mission to help all girls, everywhere, get an education I was fascinated to read that Malala was named after the brave Malalai of Maiwand, the greatest heroine of Afghanistan, and startled and concerned to read about the Pashtunwali code, by which all Pashtuns live, which deals with honor, but which demands revenge in kind for any attack or killing and can lead to never ending blood feuds easily.When it came to the terrifying attack and all that happened in its aftermath, I was glued to the book, reading page after page with breath snatching speed There was so much that I had never even imagined the suffering of her parents after the shooting, the story of how they worried about ever seeing their daughter again once Malala was airlifted to England I think that any reader from ten years on up could read and be just as captivated as I was Although many parts of this story brought tears to my eyes I couldn t stop reading, and although I knew that Malala would make it I was white knuckled while I learned about the details of her medical treatment.The only part that seemed to bog down was the middle of the book, where Malala describes many political events in her homeland In these it seemed that Malala s voice was obscured and I rather quickly got lost in the details of which leader promised what and how this or that man became corrupt and never came through on their promises Even if you just skim through this part, the book is most definitely worth reading I came to love Malala even dearly than I could have imagined, and to admire and even envy the bond she had with her father, the man who was determined to open a school in which girls could be educated I couldn t help but feel great affection for all Malala s family, her people, and everything in the beautiful valley she misses as she lives in exile I was hoping that Malala would win the Nobel Peace prize this year, not out of pity for someone who was a survivor of a hideous attack, but simply because I believe she has had an amazing effect on the world She has brought together people from all over the globe in a way that I believe will have profound implications for the key to a better life for women in countries where it is currently against the law for girls to have a true education I also thought that it would be stunning if the Nobel committee acknowledged that a teenager a teenage girl could have had so great a role in making people of different cultures understand each other But Malala has plenty of time, and I have no doubt that she will distinguish herself again and again with her moving speeches, her gentle, stubborn nature, and her unique view of life in years to come I hope that there will be books by Malala in the future about why education is so important for girls around the world Finally, I would like to say Wah wah to Malala about the entire autobiography She says that this is what one says when a particular line or stanza of a poem pleases you, and is a bit like Bravo Wah wah and Bravissima to Malala.

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    I would ask all those Pakistanis who are making the book controversial through over sensationalized and misplaced critiques 1 Please remove the lenses of bigotry and prejudice and read the book in a casual way Its not a great book so comparisons with Anne Frank s diary are perhaps out of proportion However, I would hate to speculate that it might be considered a great classic if Pakistan continues on its usual disastrous course and experience a people s tragedy comparable to holocaust This in my humble yet optimistic view is impossible, God willing.2 It is not even a well written work either understandably so, since its from a young girl Its just an ad lib commentary by a 16 year old girl which is most probably composed by Christina Lamb in readable English Our so called second grade media intellectuals who have issues with Lamb s reputation, well Yousufzai is not synonymous with Lamb At least try to add a minimum possible of degree of objectivity in your criticism 3 When you quote, please do so with the purpose of discussion and critique rather than ridicule Please learn to read and understand the texts They are meaningless and misleading without a context Those who are calling it interpretation of her father s ideas, well what if I may ask is wrong with that All 16 year olds think their fathers are cool We, as fathers and mothers, have right to impart our version of goodness into our children We may disagree with each others views but disagreeing with other s interpretation of history, politics and social issues doesn t make one anti Islam or anti Pakistan.4 It might be a very interesting work for western audience, specially when Lamb ostensibly lets Yousafzai speak in my view Lamb has added historical and political bits to it where necessary for coherence of discourse , but have very little for Pakistani reader in terms of engagement with the text However, what you must understand is that you are reading a very brave girl who can stand eye to eye with adversity and horrors in conditions where most of us would end up compromising with our liberty or would simply run away She is a brave girl, mentored and taught life by an audacious father We must be proud of her and listen her carefully since we have a young hero towards whom we can point our children to look up to.Lastly, lets try to read the same book the author has intended to write please don t end up reading the book which you intend to criticize, apriori

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