Review: Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan

February 8, 2011 Memoir, William Morrow 11

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (January 25, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0061930059
  • Source: Publisher
For ten years, from 1996-2006, Nepal suffered through a horrendous civil war. Young children were taken from their parents and forced to serve the Maoist rebels.  Child traffickers took advantage of many of these families, promising a safer life for the children for a large fee.

Conor Grennan, about to turn 30, took a year off  from life to travel around the world.  He thought the idea would sound impressive, but for obvious reasons his friends and family were concerned.  He ended up in Napal, volunteering for an “orphanage”  for children rescued from traffickers called Little Princes.  After spending three months there he returned home, only to realize that part of his soul was still back in Nepal with those children.

He soon returned to Nepal and to the orphans.  Determined to reunite the children with their parents, Conor literally risked his life traveling across the Himalayas and through unmapped areas of the country.  He was forced to deal with a corrupt government to save the lives of these children.

Ultimately, Conor and others  start a non-profit foundation, Next Generation Nepal, with the sole purpose of reuniting parents with their children.

Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal is an incredibly uplifting memoir of one man destined to make a difference.  Conor doesn’t sugar-coat or romanticize any of his experiences.  Many experiences are quite dark and brutal.

They way the author details the childen & Nepal itself, the setting comes alive on the pages. The children, despite everything they had been forced to bear, were still incredibly loving & hopeful children.  They’ll leap right into your heart, as they did to mine.

This book left me wanting to do something to make a difference myself, left me wanting to be a better person.

Following is a clip of Conor discussing the children of Little Princes:

A portion of each purchase of Little Princes will be donated to Next Generation Nepal.

11 Responses to “Review: Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan”

  1. Becky
    Twitter: BeckyLeJeune

    This was a little bit of a different read for me — I don’t do a lot a nonfiction — I agree, though, it left me feeling like I should be doing more. He came to town last week and I wanted to go so bad, but the roads were icy : (

  2. Janet
    Twitter: RaeOhio

    I finished this book this morning and I felt the same…that I needed to do something. It was a really good read. Informative and well told and also uplifting that someone is doing something. I recently read A Slave Across the Street by Theresa Flores. It’s about trafficking in the US. So sad that this goes one.

  3. Trisha
    Twitter: Trish422

    I’ve been craving this book since the first review, so I’m happy to see yours is positive as well!

  4. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads

    I’ve been waiting to be in the mood for this one, but now I’m thinking I should just dive right in.

    • Jenn
      Twitter: jennbookshelves

      Actually, I found this was one of those books you could read no matter what mood you are in! Be prepared to give up all your free time, however. This book grabs hold & doesn’t let go! You won’t be able to put it down. I was so drawn to the orphans and their story that I couldn’t bear to step away!

  5. Aths
    Twitter: rainydayreading

    I’m reading this book right now and am totally surprised at the tone of the book. I expected it to be slow and serious, but it’s so lively and even funny!

    • Jenn
      Twitter: jennbookshelves

      One of the many things I loved about the book! It really keeps your attention!

  6. jenna p
    Twitter: littlebirdreads

    This book sounds mesmorizing & from the reviews I have read, to be life changing- or at least to touch the reader in ways that stick with her forever.