Little Princes: One Mans Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal

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In , Conor Grennan decided he was going to take a break from the workaday grind and travel the world.

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To make this sound a little less self-serving and yes, perhaps impress women at bars , he chose to begin his travel stint with three months of volunteering at a Nepalese orphanage, Little Princes. He didn't realize that what started as a lark would be a transformative experience in his life, especially when he discovered that many of these children were not orphans at all, but had been sold to child traffickers in hopes of giving them a safe place to live during the Maoist revolution.

When I was a little kid, I used to imagine I could be one of those missionaries like Amy Carmichael who would go to another country and rescue kids from awful situations. So maybe it was natural that this title would stand out to me when I saw it as an Early Reviewer offering.

I was really impressed with this book. I loved that Grennan is upfront about his foibles and his less-than-altruistic motives. So often I'll read books that make the altruistic worker look so great, the type I can't measure up to because I'm in a different situation and unable to do in such a concrete manner, but I never felt that way while reading this book. No, every time I picked it up I had a smile on my face.

While the stories about child trafficking and the situations these kids had to go through were absolutely heartbreaking, Grennan always balanced these sobering stories with a funny anecdote about the kids' antics. I appreciated the upbeat and optimistic tone, the focus on the good instead of depressing me with the need and loss that still goes hand in hand with good moments, but never completely overshadows them. Enthusiastically recommended. I bought this last week The book is fascinating, heartbreaking, and hopeful. I don't have a whole lot to say about it, but I guarantee that your heart will pound and your jaw will drop as Grennan and the other orphanage volunteers discover a child trafficking ring, try to break the trafficker's power, and do absolutely crazy things like hike across Nepal to find the parents of the children who, truth be told, are not orphans at all not a spoiler, it's on the back of the book.

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One of the most incredible sections of the book is when Grennan goes searching for seven children he'd seen inside a woman's house But by the time the rescuers arrived, the children were gone. Rather than give them up for lost among the millions of Nepali children, Grennan vows to find them. All of them. This is one book you don't want to miss. Who doesn't love the story of a young idealist who goes out into the world tilting at windmills and actually succeeds?

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Uplifting story, exotic location, big-eyed children, and yes, even a love story, this book will be a blockbuster. Conor Grennan is a young Irish-American, who after eight years at the East-West Institute in Europe, decides to travel around the world spending his money, carousing with friends, and drinking lots of beer.

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But first he spends a couple of months doing the obligatory volunteer thing, in this case working at a children's home in Nepal. While there, Conor begins to see the world differently, and his life takes on a new shape. Children in Nepal are often given up by their parents either in an effort to see them better fed and educated, or because the parents cannot afford to keep them. These children end up as cheap domestic labor or "orphaned". NGOs, such as Little Princes, where Conor works, try to keep the children from exploitation by providing a group home and education. Conor decides to take it a step further and try to reunite the children with their parents.

By turns humorous and touching, the book is a look at a side of Kathmandu and Nepal that non-tourists and -trekkers rarely see. More importantly, it sheds light on an international problem, the exploitation of children, and it is a study in self-discovery and how one person can make a difference. My only reservation is that Conor's one person crusade, while completely admirable, may have been better served by working with other NGOs already established and working in Nepal on these same issues, rather than clumsily trying to start his own.

Here at Walmart. Your email address will never be sold or distributed to a third party for any reason. Due to the high volume of feedback, we are unable to respond to individual comments. The book seemed too much about him, particularly once he was making treks between remote villages with a bad knee, and trying to get back to Kathmandu in time to meet a young woman he'd been e-mailing. His "conversion" to Christianity didn't come across as sincere, it seemed to happen so quickly, and as the result of falling for someone. I'm not sure it was even relevant to the story.

I was also surprised that Grennan chose to live offsite in a three bedroom apartment when Dhaulagiri House was established by Next Generation Nepal for the "orphans". This was easy to read, and I did learn something about Nepal, but I'm afraid I didn't find it a particulary inspiring read.

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As I said initially, perhaps I'm just getting cynical in my old age Still I'm happy I had the opportunity to read this - thanks very much BlackGryphon for including this in the book box. Gypsysmom came over for tea this morning and we had a nice visit!

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I took the opprotunity to pass this book along. Hope you'll enjoy it! It appears I never "caught" this book but I do remember mrsgaskell giving it to me. In fact it was the last book that she handed to me personally. She lost her struggle with ovarian cancer in and I so miss our chats about books and life and everything. For that reason I've been putting off reading it.

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I don't think mrsgaskell was cynical and she made some good points about the book but I take a more charitable view of Grennan. These children changed his life and his worldview. He went to Nepal as a rather typical young American thinking he could just volunteer for a few weeks and then dust his hands of the place, putting a tick mark beside "volunteered in third world country" on his bucket list.

What he found is that it isn't as easy to leave behind the children that he grew to love. After his travels around the world and with virtually no funds left he returned to the Little Princes. He spent another few months there and saw the country torn apart by the Maoist revolutionaries and the King's soldiers. He left when it was no longer safe for foreigners to be in the country but he didn't stop thinking about them.

Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal

He especially couldn't stop thinking about the fact that the children were not, in fact, orphans as he initially believed. He decided he had to go back and help find the families who had given up their children to a man who promised they would be kept safe from the rebels and given an education. In fact, the man kept them in poverty and servitude until he was forced to give them up. After a ceasefire between the rebels and the King was negotiated it was safe well, marginally safer to go into the remote area of the country where the children's families lived.

Since there were no roads into the area Grennan and his guides flew into the only place that had enough flat land for an airstrip. Moved by their plight, Grennan vowed that when his trip was over he would return to the children of Little Princes and eventually reunite them with their families a promise he would risk his life to keep. Little Princes is the powerful story of a soul's awakening and a reflection of the noblest and darkest of human intent.

It is a true, and often hilarious, tale of the power of optimism, love, and faith. And it is an unforgettable account of children, families and one man whose decision to take a stand makes the world a better place for all of us.