Micro-Review #25: The Monk of Mokha

by Dave Eggers

The true story of Mokhtar Alkhanshalia, a young Yemeni-American who works as a doorman in San Francisco but dreams of bigger things. Mokhtar sets off for his ancestral homeland to revive the coffee-making traditions of the past. This may not seem wise when Yemen is descending into civil war, but dreams are powerful things, and Mokhtar’s energy is both engrossing and inspiring. The odds are stacked against him, but as with most things in life, the rewards come in the journey itself, not in the destination. Reviewed on Dec. 10, 2020

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