“As it turns out, wondering what you’re supposed to do in an orphanage is like wondering what you’re supposed to do at the running of the bulls on Spain – you work it out pretty quickly. I carefully closed the gate behind me, turned, and stared for the first time at a sea of wide-eyed Nepali children staring right back at me. A moment passed as we stared at one another, then I opened my mouth to introduce myself. Before I could utter a word I was set upon – charged at, leaped on, over-run – by a herd of laughing kids, like bulls in Pamplona.” — Conor Grennan, Little Princes
Little Princes is a novel written by Conor Grennan. At the age of twenty-nine, Grennan left home to begin his travels by volunteering at the Little Princes Children’s Home in Nepal. This novel tells a moving and compelling true story about Grennan’s time at the home and his further involvement after his volunteer period came to an end. This book speaks volumes to me. As a social work student in university, my dream has always been to devote my time and my skills in international work and community development. Conor Grennan’s story is a huge inspiration to me and whenever I forget why I chose this career, reading this book always gives me the motivation to continue with it. One of my all-time favorites, no matter how many times I read it, I recommend this book to everyone. It will enlighten you, make you laugh and cry, and hopefully inspire you as it did me.
This book might sound to you like another book that glorifies the author as a perfect, well-to-do, do-gooder, but I promise you it’s not. Have you ever read this book? Do you have a book that inspires you to travel?
BOOK BUY BONUS: Proceeds go to Next Generation Nepal (NGN), the organization Conor started.