Dave Eggers: The Monk of Mokha



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When Mokhtar made a mistake Hamood was angry only if Mokhtar made an excuse Own the error and correct it he said Hamood had a thousand roverbs and maxims His favorite was Keep your money in your hand never in your heart He used to say that a lot What does it mean Mokhtar asked It means that money is ephemeral moving from Leaf by Niggle person toerson Hamood said It s a tool Don t let it get into your heart or your soul King Maker (Knights of Breton Court page 28The Monk of Mokha tells the amazing adventure of Mokhtar Alkhanshali s efforts to revive the art of making uality coffee in Yemen While Mokhtar s adventure is amazing unfortunately the book itself disappoints in two ways They way it is written and the actual information that isrovidedThis is a non fiction book that is The White Horse of Zennor part biographyart adventure story and art business book The standard for the combination biography business book is set by Walter Isaacson s superb biography about Steve Jobs Isaacson combines a layered multifaceted description of Jobs character with key business insights On both of these dimensions the Monk of Mokha falls shortThe main roblem In this book Mokhtar is a one dimensional superhero with one superpower He can talk himself out of any situation Detailed descriptions that would give depth to his character are mostly absent For instance his relationship with Miriam who seems such a vital influence in Mokhtar s life in his early twenties is only mentioned in Tempting a Texan (The Texas Series, passing The information we get is that they dated for a year or so but the odds were longage 3 because they belonged to different ethnic backgrounds How he really feels about her and their apparent breakup is not mentioned Even less attention get her feelings for himThere are also some contradictions or Organizational Behavior and Virtual Work paradoxes that if explored could have given a detailed idea of Mokhtar sersonality Two examples Mokhtar grows up in a dodgy neighborhood in San Francisco called the Tenderloin The Tenderloin taught you to think uick talk fast Conflict and Reconciliation page 31 Mokhtar learns these lessons By middle school Mokhtar had become a fast learner a fast talker and a corner cutterag 16 However at his first coffee conference when he wants to introduce himself to someone all these lessons have strangely disappeared and Mokhtar is all of a sudden described as shy Light As A Feather, Cold As A Marble (Weeping Willow page 100 This is not necessarily inexplicable but it would have given his character depth if this contrast had been explored Both in school and at an after schoolrogram at a mosue Mokhtar is a corner cutter who finds trouble difficult to avoid However not much later he is described as an autodidact who reads The Life And Times Of Rosie The Riveter plenty of books Again an exploration of this contrast that could give understanding of hisersonality is missing from the bookAnother aspect that I didn t like about the way the book is written is the abuse of explicit suspense Several times it is mentioned explicitly that Mokhtar thought he was going to die If the threat of death is mentioned often it becomes less believable I appreciate it when a writer describes an event or a situation in such a way that the reader himself can only draw one conclusion This is scary or dangerous Here in order to create the suspense the writer has the main character saying many times that he thinks he is in a dangerous situation which I came to feel as less Sex Powers University 2 powerful than aossible better description of the very real threats Examples He figured the odds of survival were about 60 40 Deadly Seduction page 171 Mokhtar knew he might die hereage 223 Now Mokhtar believed he might die Randy Comfort Rise Again page 256 Grimossibilities ran through Mokhtar s mind Secret Meet The Vampire prisons Illegal detentionsage 289 Thinking that there was a remote chance he d be detained send to Guant. The Monk of Mokha is the exhilarating 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 Alkhans.

Anamo ყინულის სასახლე page 295I also had several uestions about the information that isrovided 1 Mokhtar of course is on a noble mission reviving the Yemeni coffee culture and Iktomi and the Berries providing the Yemeni coffee farmers with a better life On his second visit to Yemen Mokhtarromises Malik a coffee farmer in Haymah that he will buy all his coffee at a Better Policing with Microsoft Office 2007 price 5 times what he d beenaid before Escaflowne (Escaflowne Newtype 100% Collection, 40) page 186 Wonderful Then once the business is starting to take off it is mentioned that his farmers would be making 30 % than what they d been making beforeage 300 30 % is not uite the same as 5 times but still wonderful Then in the epilogue it turns out that Mokhtar s specialty coffee from Yemen is sold at US 16 a cup Now I start to wonder Before Mokhtar arrived on the scene Yemeni coffee was a commodity Wild Pork and Watercress product For a cup of commodity coffee US 3 seems reasonable He sells his coffee for than 5 times than the commodity coffee and his suppliers just see a 30% increase while they had beenromised 5 times Of course it is well Shorty possible that my reasoning is too simple but without further explications on these numbers the books leaves unpleasant uestions unanswered2 Onages 93 to 95 Mokhtar s explains the benefits of direct trade without interference of loan sharks and brokers between himself and Yemeni coffee farmers Direct trade will remove the middle men All this sounds like a good idea Then two things happen First the first time he meets an actual middle man in his grandfather Hamood s city Ibb Mokhtar describes this middle man as Highly ethical and fair Articles on Works by C. S. Lewis, Including page 129 Strange because apparently he had millions of dollars under his control while coffee in Yemen was sold so cheap mostly to brokers and loan sharks that it was nearly unworkable for any Yemeni farmerage 95 Loan sharks are bad but the first one Mokhtar happens to run into is OKSecond after his first visit it turns out that he has access to 3 farmers who can Interracial Romance BWWM provide superior coffee Now I expected him to focus on those and trade directly But no he ends up buying from that same middle man from Ibbage 198 What happened to direct trade3 On his first visit to Yemen as a coffee enthusiast Mokhtar first visits his grandfather Hamood in Ibb There he sees the coffee Gaddafis Harem plant again They came to the row of coffee trees hugging the wall of Hamood s compound Do you remember these Hamood asked Mokhtar touched the glossy leaves He rememberedage 127 Some time later during that very same first visit Mokhtar mistakes an olive tree for a coffee Puff plant That s not coffee Yusuf said Mokhtar had been carefully examining an olive treeage 150 I don t understand 4 Sometimes characters seemed to appear out of nowhere Best example is Abdo Alghazali on Laid to Ruin (Lancelots Fall, page 195 He advises Mokhtar not to get in touch with Andrew Nicholson an American coffee mill owner in Yemen Without uestioning Mokhtar follows this advise 5ages later Andrew and Mokhtar do meet and almost instantly get along well Almost immediately Mokhtar realized that Abdo Alghazali had wanted to keep Andrew and Mokhtar apart Leyendas Negras page 200 Who is this Abdo Why did Mokhtar follow his advise without uestioning And why did Abdo want to keep Andrew and Mokhtar apart We are left in the dark My conclusion Mokhtar s adventure is amazing and his efforts to help and improve the lives of Yemeni coffee farmers are admirable I am just sorry the book doesn t match Mokhtar s exciting story and his good intentions Eggers was the reason why Iicked up this book someone at work handed me an ARC and I was like sure why not I didn t even realize it was non fiction until after the first chapterBut holy cow it was spectacular It s about a Yemeni American who Hali is twenty four and working as a doorman when he discovers the astonishing history of coffee and Yemen’s central lace in it He leaves San Francisco and travels deep into his ancestral homeland to tour terraced farms high in.

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Ants to bring high uality Yemen coffee back to the US and the rest of the world I had no idea about the history of coffee and wouldn t have thought I would find it so interesting but Eggers writes the history ortions with his famous storytelling touch Not to mention that Mokha s story is absolutely crazy My only complaint is a small one I thought the ending didn t have enough detail Then again the story is still going on If you have even the slightest interest in coffee or Yemen it s a good book for you If nothing else it will give you some good tidbits to wow Bad, Bad Bluebloods (Rich Boys of Burberry Prep people at the nextarty you attend In a world filled with misery and In the Cavern of the Night pain it s refreshing to read a well written non fiction story of a member of our race who overcomes all shades of adversity to succeed when every deck is stacked against him Like his excellent Zeitoun Eggers writes in an easily accessible narrative style that draws the reader into every facet of the story whether it s theersonal history of the the bad boys of butte protagonist or an encompassing background on the world of coffee therose is mesmerizing I ended up Romancing the Customer playing hooky from work today because I couldn tut this down Highly recommended There is a lesson in this oneor two Don t let anyone tell you can t do something And once you set your mind to something you can do anything Well in this case said The Articles of Release (The Release person was almost killedmultiple times But he DID IT He did what he set out to do which seemed like an impossibilityOK this tells the story of Mokhtar Alkhanshali A young Yemeni growing up in San Francisco just running around being aunk not caring about much of anything But he begins to see the way after being talked to and tries to better himself He tries to go school but a mistake where he looses a lot of money he was given for school is lost So he goes to work really The Sleepwalkers pushing hard and learning He sells shoes sells cars and then is a door man in a luxury apartment building His girlfriend makes aassing statement to him about a statue and that sets Mokhtar on his next Idle Ideas in 1905 path er uest erobsession er goal He wants to bring Yemeni coffee to America You learn about coffee cultivation roasting and importing and so much about coffee I m not a coffee drinker at all never had the desire But I found this utterly fascinating You hear of harrowing stories of his time in Yemen and trying to get out Yemen when violence erupts On multiple occasions he thinks he is about to die A great storyand in the end he brings his dream to life Yemeni coffee can be found manylaces in the US these days And along the way helping the coffee farmers and workers back in YemenFor years I have been wanting to read Eggers works Many rave about them there have been movies which I have not seen of his works I even own a book of his but I just never Haunted Marion, Ohio plucked him from my TBRile I don t know what it was about this one that when I saw it I had to read it immediately OK cover love drew my attention first I m so glad I read this one and ignited my desire to read of his books And I found out he is coming along with Mokhtar to a local author speaker series that I attend So I get to hear of this fascinating story by these two men The only downfallit will not turn me into a coffee drinker I just can t So I ll just drink my tea while I read his books and wait for his talk Sounds Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers, perfect to me True account of Yemen American When he learns that coffee originated in Yemen he employsassion courage creativity humanitarianism to make Yemen coffee the world s best All that amid daunting Oracle APEX 18.1 For Beginners: A platform to rapidly develop data-centric web applications accessible from a multitude of devices poverty warolitics Pulitzer Protectors of the Stars (Theias Moons, prize author Audio narratorassable but not a uite right fit mispronounced eide Story was engaging all the sam. The country’s rugged mountains and meet beleagured 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 eople.

Dave Eggers is the author of ten books including most recently Your Fathers Where Are They And the Prophets Do They Live Forever The Circle and A Hologram for the King which was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award He is the founder of McSweeney’s an independent publishing company based in San Francisco that produces books a uarterly journal of new writing McSweeney’s uarterly