The Monk of Mokha

The Monk of Mokha

Large Print - 2018
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The 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. A heart-pounding true story that weaves together the history of coffee, the ongoing Yemeni civil war, and the courageous journey of a young man - a Muslim and a US citizen - following the most American of dreams.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, [2018]
Edition: First large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780525595380
Characteristics: large print
404 pages (large print) : map ; 24 cm


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May 02, 2018

Well-written and readable, this account of a Yemani American and his quest to market Yeman coffee hard to put down. All I knew about Yeman is based on the news…and that’s not good. How after going through all he did, all the dangers all the red tape and dealing with farmers, I want to go find some of Mokhtar Alkhanshali’s coffee.

Mar 26, 2018

Eggers takes the reader on an unusual and intriguing journey of a young wanna be coffee trader hoping to bring Yemen back as the original inventors of coffee. I loved the can do attitude of Moshka and the almost insane ability to escape, closely, from the civil war in Yemen to see him return to his beginnings in San Fransisco where he started as a "doorman" otherwise called the Lobby Ambassador. In one rare escape Eggers writes " His first experience with any watercraft was going to be in a tiny skiff leaving Yemen in the middle of a civil war....They were carrying the first coffee to leave the port of Mokha in eighty years." I love coffee but this book takes it to a level unheard of.

Feb 28, 2018

I like Dave Eggers, and I liked this book. It tells a compelling tale about a Yemeni-American man in search of a life-goal who becomes convinced that he has a mission to bring Yemeni coffee back into prominence in the world. Along the way, we learn a good deal about the history of the coffee market, the beans, how they are processed, and life in America for a man with strong Yemeni ties and Islamic faith, and life in Yemen as it begins to devolve into sectarian violence. It's a story of survival by luck and quick wits, and has an uplifting ending. In some ways, this happy ending story is one to combat the negative, hate-filled speech we hear about immigrants every day in this country. The hero in this story is someone I would like to meet some day, and Dave Eggers calls him his "brother." The love Eggers has for his protagonist is real and obvious.


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