Ongebroken: autobiografie

Ongebroken autobiografie Autobiografie van de Keniaanse milieu en politiek activiste die in de Nobelprijs voor de Vrede kreeg

  • Title: Ongebroken: autobiografie
  • Author: Wangari Maathai Frans van Delft
  • ISBN: 9789044507232
  • Page: 262
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Autobiografie van de Keniaanse milieu en politiek activiste die in 2004 de Nobelprijs voor de Vrede kreeg.

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    1. Onvan : Unbowed - Nevisande : Wangari Maathai - ISBN : 307263487 - ISBN13 : 9780307263483 - Dar 352 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2006

    2. I started out writing a totally different review for this book while reading the text in 'Unbowed'. By the finish line I just sat gobsmacked, and robbed of words.A few years ago I watched a program on conservation work done in Kenya and saw Prof. Wangari Maathai explain the power of trees to a BBC tv audience. That prompted me to find more information on her work. I was rendered speechless when I discovered the amazing person behind this effort.I was therefor anxious and excited when I was given [...]

    3. An astonishing recollection of the life and work of Wangari Maathai, a woman who applied herself to everything she did with vigour and heart, the opportunity to be educated was a major turning point and was the first of many open doorways she walked through and made the most of, not for own benefit, but always for the good of all.Though she was a scientist and part of the University for years, the work that she started that would embrace entire communities and develop an awareness of sustainable [...]

    4. This is not the most artfully or lyrically written book but it deserves 5 stars for the tale it tellsIt's a story of one of the few true heroes of our generation. And to overcome the formidible obstacles that are put in the path of an African woman from a developing nation, by men, culture, tradition and the vestiges of colonialism to reach the hieghts of leadership and effectiveness that she has is simply astounding. It is a story that needs to be shared with all that want to know what one pers [...]

    5. Wangari Maathai has an interesting story of growing from a Kikuyu child to a Nobel Peace Prize winner. I grew up surrounded by stories of the Swahili and Turkana peoples of Kenya because of friends we had living there, but I didn't know much about the Kikuyu or the forests. I learned a lot about the socio-political history of Kenya, how to work toward change (be "patient and committed," she would say), and how much one person can accomplish. I also feel like I saw education from a different pers [...]

    6. It was my professor of African American Women's History in college who taught me the lesson that one of the best ways to learn history is through studying the lived experiences of activists working in opposition to a system structured to oppress them-- a combination of Patricia Hill Collins's standpoint theory, which states (simplified) that the oppressed must be able to navigate both the dominant paradigm and the inner workings of the cultures oppressed people create outside the realm of powerf [...]

    7. When Wangari Maathai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004, questions were raised regarding her choice by the Nobel Committee. Why should an environmentalist receive a prize that was identified with peace and human rights, voiced the critics. Reading Maathai's memoir sets the record straight, and justifying her selection for the award. In this fascinating and very personal account, she paints a vivid picture of her life, embedded in the realities of Kenya before and since independence. Her e [...]

    8. My introduction to Wangari Maathai was through the children's books by Claire Nivola and Jeanette Winter, which focused on her tree planting efforts. However, once I began reading Unbowed, I realized that she is about so much more than that. Her life has involved her in politics, human rights, and women's rights, as well as environmentalism. I can't believe all that she has accomplished! One idea, one activity, led to another. She showed that when many people together do one small thing, they cr [...]

    9. The first half, about her childhood and even her experience as a university student in the U.S lacked depth. The book became more captivating as I read on, but only because the subject matter became more interesting (her experiences in Kenya after she returned from university, Kenya's recent political history). Unfortunately, her writing style throughout is pretty dry; she probably should have worked on the book with someone. She also appears self-congratulating at times, which is annoying but f [...]

    10. "As I swept the last bit of dust, I made a covenant with myself: I will accept. Whatever will be, will be. I have a life to lead. I recalled words a friend had told me, the philosophy of her faith. "Life is a journey and a struggle," she had said. "We cannot control it, but we can make the best of any situation." I was indeed in quite a situation. It was up to me to make the best of it."

    11. When Wangari Maathai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004, questions were raised regarding her choice by the Nobel Committee. Why should an environmentalist receive a prize that was identified with peace and human rights, voiced the critics. Reading Maathai's memoir sets the record straight, and justifying her selection for the award. In this fascinating and very personal account, she paints a vivid picture of her life, embedded in the realities of Kenya before and since independence. Her e [...]

    12. Like most memoirs, it started strong then got more self-serving as the accolades piled up. Maahthai led an extraordinary life and had a considerable influence in the environmental movement. She definitely deserved her Nobel Prize and out respect. However, many memoir writers would be better served by biographers. At one point she goes into great detail about how her life revolves around her children. Soon after that we learn that she has to travel Canada to attend a conference, so she arranges f [...]

    13. Wow. Just wow. Wangari Maathai was the first African woman to be awarded the Nobel peace prize. But, that's not really what the book is about. The book is about Kenya and how it developed from a multi-tribal area to a colonial outpost of the British and then how it finally gained independence, but then later moved toward totalitarianism, and then democracy - most all of which happened in the author's lifetime. And, of course, because it is the memoir of Maathai, two themes run through the entire [...]

    14. The date July 7 or 7/7 is a significant one for Maathai's movement. It's called Saba Saba in KiSwahili. I'd like to note here that I was reading this book on Saba Saba. Before reading this, my only exposure to the Kikuyu was Mike Resnick's Kirinyaga: A Fable of Utopia. Although I think that the Kirinyaga stories are powerful fiction, I am only now grasping that they are a dis-service to the Kikuyu in some important ways. From a cultural standpoint, I appreciated learning that there are Kikuyu st [...]

    15. Wangari Maathai is certainly a commendable and tenacious woman who overcame many obstacles in Kenya to become an activist in ecology. This subsequently led to political agitation and imprisonment in attempts to make her country become more of a liberal democracy.She could easily, during her upbringing in the 1940’s and 1950’s have remained illiterate in rural Kenya. She describes well her school attendance and her higher education in the United States. I found her stories about the relations [...]

    16. She advocated for the environment especially tree planting, preventing public land grabbing, deforestation and for that her works shall forever be remembered. Like any other woman venturing into politics she received her fair share of jail time, crashed with the government severally but she stood rooted to even winning the Nobel prize. Her memoir is a clear example of what happens in today's society. I will just sum it up with something in the middle of those pages that captivated me: "A tree ha [...]

    17. What an inspirational woman with a wonderful story to share. Ms. Maathai has demonstrated we all can make a difference. Fortunately most of us do not have to worry about violent thugs or dictatorial regimes trying to halt good works in their tracks. We just need to get out and fight for what we believe. Ms. Maathai most certainly deserved the Nobel Peace prize for years of dedicated service to the people of Kenya and to all those she inspirired to plant millions upon millions of trees throughout [...]

    18. Wangari Maathai is one of the most interesting, positive, and hard working women I've ever read about/known/heard of. And even though it's not a focus of the book, it's still very interesting to observe the long lasting effects of European colonialism in Africa.

    19. Inspiring true story. I love reading personal accounts of the mundane, exhilarating, challenging, dangerous days of daily effort that lead to major accomplishments, like the Kenyan Green Belt Movement. It gives me a lot of ideas for our efforts in our own communities, and some take-home messages for my own heart as I work for change, too.

    20. This is Mary Jo (Josephine) who got to go to a Catholic church school as a young child in rural Kenya where most did not get education. She was in the right place at the right time so she got an education and rose above her peers. Then she got lucky again and was chosen by sponsors to leave Africa for a free college education in Atkinson, Kansas. Mary Jo lived in Kansas as a typical black American teen of the era, with straightened hair and bobby sox and the like. She was a lucky woman who recei [...]

    21. It probably helps to have lived in Kenya to enjoy this book. And perhaps enjoy isn't the perfect word - "searing," "heroic," and "tragic" might be more useful.This memoir is actually a sweeping narrative covering 60 plus years, as the author probes back into her childhood when Kenya was a colony of Great Britain. She describes how things native were belittled, while things western were magnified; how land went to British settlers even as Kenyans were sidelined in numerous ways - language and tra [...]

    22. Teton Co Library Call No: BIO MAATHAI WMarisa's Rating: 3 StarsRead this as part of the book group "A Revolutionary Book Group" - a very interesting life story. As with a lot of memoirs of non-writers, I feel the writing was a bit dry, maybe too straight forward. However, her story more than makes up for it. Maathai was born in Kenya to a large polygamist family in rural village. Her childhood sounds idyllic - and sets the tone for the rest of her journey. As deforestation created through coloni [...]

    23. The main theme between Three Cups of Tea and Unbowed were similar: Fixing a broken system that was doing wrong to its people. In one case, the people were neglected and forgotten. In the other, the people were exploited or trampled. Both protagonists in the books were headstrong, to say the least, and accomplished some amazing good on a large-scale level. But their ego also separated them at times from even those closest to them.While reading Maathai's memoirs, I was really amazed at how often t [...]

    24. While I appreciated the introduction to Kikuyu culture and a bit of an introduction into Kenya's political climate over time, I missed having a narrative path to follow in Maathai's autobiography. Without a sense of Story to draw me through Maathai's life, I felt like I was tracing the bullet points version of her major achievements plotted along a timeline. History lessons and timelines are something I tend to avoid, and I felt myself turning away from what was a challenging life well-lived.My [...]

    25. Some books get one rating as I read them, and when I'm done they get a different rating. This was one such book. As I read it I wasn't impressed with the writing, especially in the beginning, where I thought the writing flat, childhood life over-idealised and no depth to that part of the story. As the book moved on into her adult and working life it became deeper and more interesting. As I read, I would have given the book a 3. When I was done, I reflected on where the book left me, and it ended [...]

    26. Wangari Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement in 1977 in Kenya. Her saving of Kenya's forests won her the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004.Not only did Wangari Maathai found the Green Belt Movement, but she has fought continuously for human rights in her country. A corrupt undemocratic government has constantly tried to keep her down, in the press, and even through imprisonment. Wangari has never given up. She is revered by the people of Kenya, as she is all over the world. She fights for what is rig [...]

    27. beyond inspiring. i can't even speak to what she writes about; i think it is already too late for me to build the fortitude to challenge (and shift) the orientation of my government's moral compass. "but it is never too late," i'm sure maathai would say. and maybe she's right; we are all so comfortable believing that we are not the ones who can make a difference that it makes it infinitely harder to gather momentum for those who are willing to try. r.i.p. wangari maathai; she died last friday at [...]

    28. The very early chapters of this memoir were fascinating to me. Maathai explored her childhood in Kenya and laid out the historical backdrop that lead to the tensions in her country today. If she had kept this tone to present the rest of her manuscript, it would have been an awesome reading experience. But the story she had to tell - while harrowing for her personally - fell flat on paper. It's unfortunate, because in the hands of a more experienced writer, her story would be a masterpiece. Maybe [...]

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