"Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal" by Conor Grennan
Amazon Book Review:
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.
Interview with Conor Grennan about his work with children in Nepal:
Link to read the first pages:
Discussion Questions (so you know what to expect):
1. What were the most memorable parts of the book for you? For example, were there any moments that made you laugh or feel sad, touched, fascinated, surprised, grateful, frustrated etc.
2. Did you learn anything interesting about Nepal that you did not know before reading this book? This might include new insights into Nepal's school system, government, living conditions, rituals, orphans or family life?
3. Were there moments in the book that reminded you of your own experience traveling or volunteering abroad? Did this book inspire you to volunteer or travel?
4. From a writers perspective were there any passages or lines in the book that you loved!?
5. Overall, did you enjoy the book? Why or why not? How did the book compare to others you have read from this genre?
6.What about the plot? Did it pull you in or did you feel you had to force yourself to read the book?
Also, last session we talked about getting a young professionals writing group going! I'm hoping we can get some ideas on a good time to do that during our next meetup.
Note: Book Club members get a 15% discount at Books Inc. so please support the bookstore and buy there if you can! Thanks and see you soon! Sierra :)