The Monk of Mokha (Hardcover)

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"The Monk of Mokha is a revelation. Not only for the information about the history of coffee or sense of Yemen; mostly for the hope it gave me in humanity. That was because the protagonist, Mokhtar Alkhanshali was someone whose persistence and courage against all adversity was amazingly formidable. Never mind the ongoing civil war in Yemen, being captured by a renegade group, talking his way through uncounted checkpoints, somehow this man found his way through that maze and delivered a shipment of coffee to Oaklandthat was deemed the world’s best by Coffee Review with a 97/100 rating. This makes sense since Yemen is said to be where the first coffee was brewed. We get a picture of him via Dave Egger’s readable and compassionate portrayal not just of Mokhtar, but also the many people who helped him. Each new character is vividly portrayed. There was the general in his home village of Yemen who initially seemed scornful,  but changed when he saw the shooting skills the coffee entrepreneur had developed shooting tin cans while growing up in California. Once the general took his side, village opposition and cynicism disappeared. Rarely do I  nd something that I don’t want to put down, but the Monk of Mokha is surely one. For all the numerous setbacks there is triumph when the ship comes in. Yes, in a way I’ve blown the ending, but that fact is there from the beginning. The point is always the journey to that triumph."--Reviewed by Dora

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"A gripping, triumphant adventure" (Los Angeles Times) from bestselling author Dave Eggers, the incredible true story of a young Yemeni American man, raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee but finds himself trapped in Sana'a by civil war.

Mokhtar Alkhanshali is twenty-four and working as a doorman when he discovers the astonishing history of coffee and Yemen's central place in it. He leaves San Francisco and travels deep into his ancestral homeland to tour terraced farms high in the country's rugged mountains and meet beleaguered but determined farmers. But when war engulfs the country and Saudi bombs rain down, Mokhtar has to find a way out of Yemen without sacrificing his dreams or abandoning his people.

About the Author

DAVE EGGERS is the author of eleven books, including: The Circle; Heroes of the Frontier; A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the National Book Award; and What Is the What, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and winner of France's Prix Médicis Etranger and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. His nonfiction and journalism has appeared in the Guardian, the New Yorker, the Best American Travel Writing and the Best American Essays. He is the founder of McSweeney's, the publishing company that distributes the Voice of Witness series of books, which use oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world. He is the cofounder of 826 National, a network of youth writing and tutoring centers with locations around the country, and of ScholarMatch, which connects donors with students to make college accessible. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and his work has been translated into forty-two languages. He lives in Northern California with his family.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781101947319
ISBN-10: 1101947314
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Publication Date: January 30th, 2018
Pages: 352
Language: English