The Monk of Mokha

The Monk of Mokha

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"From bestselling author Dave Eggers, 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." -- Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2018
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781101947319
1101947314
9781101971444
1101971444
Characteristics: xiii, 327 pages : map ; 23 cm

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brangwinn
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.

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laphampeak
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.

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krsbozo
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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