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The Monk of Mokha

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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. The rags to riches story of a coffee importer it's interesting than that sounds Details are suspiciously sparse toward the end but I like a happy ending Waffling between three and four stars

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Hali 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. This book made me appreciate coffee This is the kind of book that keeps you on the edge of the seat while rooting for the main guy to get over the obstacles and attain the goals they need to get Mokhtar Alkhanshali was born and raised in California His parents are from Yemen He discovers while working as a door attendant in a large residential building that Yemen was a major exporter of coffee beans for centuries and had a monopoly over coffee trade through the port of Mokha He wants to revive the high uality of the Yemeni beans and goes back to Yemen to explore the situation but then 2011 and the Arab Spring changes everything in the region He goes back and forth between Yemen and some coffee businessmen in California he learns how to grade coffee he teaches Yemeni workers and farmers how to improve the farming harvesting of the beans and improve their life This book delivers on many levels it shows the real region it describes what people go through every day in a region plagued with war A must read for any person who enjoys coffee politics history and human stories Cowboy Under the Mistletoe rooting for the main guy to get over the obstacles and attain the goals they need to get Mokhtar Alkhanshali was born and The Christmas Wedding Quilt: Let It Snow\You Better Watch Out\Nine Ladies Dancing raised in California His parents are from Yemen He discovers while working as a door attendant in a large Crybaby Falls residential building that Yemen was a major exporter of coffee beans for centuries and had a monopoly over coffee trade through the port of Mokha He wants to Criminal Intent revive the high uality of the Yemeni beans and goes back to Yemen to explore the situation but then 2011 and the Arab Spring changes everything in the The Sharpshooter's Secret Son region He goes back and forth between Yemen and some coffee businessmen in California he learns how to grade coffee he teaches Yemeni workers and farmers how to improve the farming harvesting of the beans and improve their life This book delivers on many levels it shows the Criminal Intent real The Daddy List region it describes what people go through every day in a The Cowboy Collection: Caitlyn's Prize / Madison's Children / A Cowboy's Plan / This Cowboy's Son / The Horseman's Secret / The Brother Returns region plagued with war A must Shattered Lullaby read for any person who enjoys coffee politics history and human stories

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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 people. It's hard to articulate my thoughts on this book better than Michael Lindgren already has in the Washington Post but what the hell I'll give it a shot I liked the book I don't regret reading it but I won't recommend it to others because after having read Eggers' fiction and memoir I'm frankly disappointedMonk of Mokha is the remarkably true story of Mokhtar Alkhanshali a Yemeni American Millennial who overcame some pretty harrowing odds to become a successful importer of specialty coffee from war ridden Yemen This story traces Mokhtar's journey from being an aimless 23 year old doorman in San Francisco into the bourgeois world of specialty coffee into Yemen that was just starting to break out in civil war in 2013 and ultimately back to San Francisco for a victory lap as a resident in the luxury building where he was once the doorman Mokhtar's story is truly gasp worthy full of danger narrow misses remarkable charisma fortunes and misfortunes It's a good ole swashbuckling picaresue bootstraps and all However Eggers is suited to fiction and memoirs The accounting of the story is a bit dry Eggers lays out the facts his prose is clear and vivid And yes there is artistry to his exposition when he diverts us to little histories of coffee and Yemen culture and yes there's craft to how he undoubtedly chiseled secondary diversions away to leave behind a taught narrative However the thing that made heartbreaking and you shall electric with energy and infused with magic was I think his license to invent The literary license in these previous works allowed him to toe into the realm of Maruez Rushdie and the best travel writers who reveal the truth through telling lies This is what art after all is supposed to do right I believe the right way to tell character non fiction stories is to let the life and history with all its peculiarity lead and ultimately determine the themes and narrative Eggers' immigrant trilogy in contrast is very much a framework first then fill in appropriate content later enterprise It's a noble thought but this approach stifles the possibilities of the stories unfolding in interesting and unexpected ways In this book it's obvious Eggers is on a mission to to valorize ideals of democracy liberalism diversity tolerance empathy all ideals I agree with by the way the cost of this is that the book comes off as less imaginative pedantic and ultimately flatThere remains certain moments of utmost satisfaction guilty pleasure passages In one Mokhtar recently back to capital Sana'a from exploratory coffee visits out in the Yemen countryside he appears out of place as a gruffed up provincial yokel in an internet cafe A posse of wealthy Yemeni girls take pleasure in mocking him in English and are shocked when he retorts in perfect American English In another a group of rough Yemeni gun toting types are target practicing with their AK's failing repeated to hit a bottle in the distance They see Mokhtar as a soft city slicker from America and are shocked when he hits the bottle on the first shot then cooly walks off into the sunset I only allow myself to enjoy these moments because they actually happened Scenes this satisfying in a novel would just be obvious and overwroughtLastly Mokhtar's story while truly amazing actually gets to be a bit tiresome toward the ends The stakes always felt high but there emerged a repeating pattern of hero walks up to the cusp of catastrophe catastrophe never uite materializes instead dissipating serendipitously hero casually continues his journey toward pre destined glory His story is truly a remarkable and fortunate and TRUE one but it just feels like lazy screenwriting A Very Tudor Christmas rugged mountains and meet beleagured but determined farmers But when war engulfs the country and Saudi bombs Christmastime Courtship rain down Mokhtar has to find a way out of Yemen without sacrificing his dreams or abandoning his people. It's hard to articulate my thoughts on this book better than Michael Lindgren already has in the Washington Post but what the hell I'll give it a shot I liked the book I don't Red Shoes and a Diary regret In a Glance reading it but I won't Dangerous Disguise recommend it to others because after having Their Unexpected Love read Eggers' fiction and memoir I'm frankly disappointedMonk of Mokha is the Romancing the Rancher remarkably true story of Mokhtar Alkhanshali a Yemeni American Millennial who overcame some pretty harrowing odds to become a successful importer of specialty coffee from war Redeeming Gabriel ridden Yemen This story traces Mokhtar's journey from being an aimless 23 year old doorman in San Francisco into the bourgeois world of specialty coffee into Yemen that was just starting to break out in civil war in 2013 and ultimately back to San Francisco for a victory lap as a Firefly Summer resident in the luxury building where he was once the doorman Mokhtar's story is truly gasp worthy full of danger narrow misses Dangerous Curves remarkable charisma fortunes and misfortunes It's a good ole swashbuckling picaresue bootstraps and all However Eggers is suited to fiction and memoirs The accounting of the story is a bit dry Eggers lays out the facts his prose is clear and vivid And yes there is artistry to his exposition when he diverts us to little histories of coffee and Yemen culture and yes there's craft to how he undoubtedly chiseled secondary diversions away to leave behind a taught narrative However the thing that made heartbreaking and you shall electric with energy and infused with magic was I think his license to invent The literary license in these previous works allowed him to toe into the Dangerous Memories realm of Maruez Rushdie and the best travel writers who Sabor De Sedução reveal the truth through telling lies This is what art after all is supposed to do Dangerous Lord, Innocent Governess right I believe the Windows 2000 Administrator's G right way to tell character non fiction stories is to let the life and history with all its peculiarity lead and ultimately determine the themes and narrative Eggers' immigrant trilogy in contrast is very much a framework first then fill in appropriate content later enterprise It's a noble thought but this approach stifles the possibilities of the stories unfolding in interesting and unexpected ways In this book it's obvious Eggers is on a mission to to valorize ideals of democracy liberalism diversity tolerance empathy all ideals I agree with by the way the cost of this is that the book comes off as less imaginative pedantic and ultimately flatThere Vows Made in Secret remains certain moments of utmost satisfaction guilty pleasure passages In one Mokhtar Daddy's Little Matchmakers recently back to capital Sana'a from exploratory coffee visits out in the Yemen countryside he appears out of place as a gruffed up provincial yokel in an internet cafe A posse of wealthy Yemeni girls take pleasure in mocking him in English and are shocked when he The Santangeli Marriage retorts in perfect American English In another a group of Plattenbaugefühle rough Yemeni gun toting types are target practicing with their AK's failing Redwing's Lady repeated to hit a bottle in the distance They see Mokhtar as a soft city slicker from America and are shocked when he hits the bottle on the first shot then cooly walks off into the sunset I only allow myself to enjoy these moments because they actually happened Scenes this satisfying in a novel would just be obvious and overwroughtLastly Mokhtar's story while truly amazing actually gets to be a bit tiresome toward the ends The stakes always felt high but there emerged a DANGEROUS ALLIANCE repeating pattern of hero walks up to the cusp of catastrophe catastrophe never uite materializes instead dissipating serendipitously hero casually continues his journey toward pre destined glory His story is truly a Shadow Lover remarkable and fortunate and TRUE one but it just feels like lazy screenwriting

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