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The Monk of Mokha

By Dave Eggers
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Publisher Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A gripping, triumphant adventure” (Los Angeles Times) from the bestselling author of The Circle—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.

22 Reviews

“Dreams do come true and history is crazy. Loved this book so much”
“4,5 I am so happy I stumbled upon this book at the bookstore. It is one of the most remarkable and enjoyable story I’ve read this year. The story of Mokhtar is beautiful and real and did I mention that it was beautiful ? This needs to become a movie and be seen by everyone. This contemporary coming of age story is one that mixed history, culture, religion and self determination. Mokhtar as a main character was simply astounding and the reader could only root for him. I loved his character from the beginning until the very last page And the coffee. So much history about coffee and it’s making I wanted to drink it constantly while reading this novel. This novel went far above my expectations, I loved the mix of history and knowledge with everyday life of a Yemeni American man.”
“The Monk of Mohka is about Yemeni-American Mohktar and how he became interested in coffee. Traveling to Yemen, he learns about the history, all the best ways to roast and brew, and works with Yemen farmers to make it better. In the process of his travels, war breaks out. This was an interesting book but I would’ve been fine not reading it - just felt overall kind of “meh”. It was written well but it’s more of a preference that I didn’t like it as much as I wanted.”

About Dave Eggers

DAVE EGGERS is the author of many books, among them The Circle, The Eyes and the Impossible, The Monk of Mokha, A Hologram for the King, What Is the What, and The Museum of Rain. He is the cofounder of 826 Valencia, a youth writing and tutoring center which has inspired dozens of similar nonprofit organizations around the world, and the founder of McSweeney's, an independent publisher. He has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and is the recipient of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Education, and the American Book Award.

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