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《揭秘風暴》作者戴夫‧艾格斯又一力作
美籍阿拉伯青年的葉門摩卡復興傳奇
 
Port of Mokha創辦人穿梭內戰與貧困鄉壤,
成功將歷史悠久的摩卡咖啡再現於世人眼前。

 
  數百年前,一位葉門僧侶發現,只要把山上某種野生果子放到水中煮沸,喝下煮出來的咖啡色液體,即能振奮精神,喚醒感官。隨著咖啡豆風靡歐洲,摩卡港遂成為全世界最大的咖啡貿易商埠。今日,葉門摩卡式微已久,直到2015年,一位葉門青年帶著復育的咖啡豆,震撼所有人的味蕾…
 
  Mokhtar Alkhanshali在舊金山長大,他是葉門移民之子,七兄妹之一。24歲那年,在偶然的機緣中喚起他對咖啡和葉門豐富歷史的興趣。他尋遍咖啡館,找不到任何一種葉門咖啡。原來葉門農民隨著咖啡質量的下滑,開始改種獲利較豐的藥用植物。
 
  Mokhtar開始學習咖啡種植,烘焙和進口,並成為了葉門第一位咖啡品質鑑定師。他回到葉門探訪全國各地的農場,收集樣品,改良種植方法。成立六個辦事處並發放小額無息貸款,鼓勵專門種植咖啡豆,協助葉門農民將咖啡帶回昔日的輝煌。
 
  2015年,正當Mokhtar準備好與世界分享他的成果之時,三方內戰吞沒葉門,機場被轟炸,美國大使館關閉,Mokhtar也受困當地。他不願放棄,雇了一位漁民,帶著兩箱樣品咖啡豆搭乘簡陋漁船連夜出航,在紅海漂流六個小時,輾轉回到西雅圖,終於將珍貴的咖啡豆帶到世人眼前。隨著鎂光燈而來,被評為天使歌唱般的味道,Mokhtar的夢想實現了。Port of Mokha的Hayma Microlot獲得Coffee Review評價97分的殊榮,而他的咖啡豆是藍瓶咖啡(Blue Bottle)最貴的豆子之一。
 
  Mokhtar執著夢想並成就家鄉的故事是契作咖啡農自尋出路的當代實例,也是絕佳勵志典範。
 
(文/博客來編譯)
 
From the best-selling author of The Circle and What Is the What, a heart-pounding true story that weaves together the history of coffee, the struggles of everyday Yemenis living through civil war and the courageous journey of a young man--a Muslim and a U.S. citizen--following the most American of dreams.
 
  Mokhtar Alkhanshali grew up in San Francisco, one of seven siblings brought up by Yemeni immigrants in a tiny apartment. At age twenty-four, unable to pay for college, he works as a doorman, until a chance encounter awakens his interest in coffee and its rich history in Yemen. Reinventing himself, he sets out to learn about coffee cultivation, roasting and importing. He travels to Yemen and visits farms in every corner of the country, collecting samples, eager to improve cultivation methods and help Yemeni farmers bring their coffee back to its former glory. And he is on the verge of success when civil war engulfs Yemen in 2015. The U.S. embassy closes, Saudi bombs begin to rain down on the country and Mokhtar is trapped in Yemen.
 
Review
 
  "The immensely gifted and giving Eggers ... portrays Yemeni American Mokhtar Alkhanshali, who, after an unruly childhood in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, a transformative stay in Yemen with his grandfather, and success as a car salesman, finally finds his calling, which proves to be quixotic and dangerous: he commits himself to restoring Yemen’s long-forgotten standing as the world’s first and best coffee producer. Eggers crisply recounts coffee’s delectably roguish history, into which Mokhtar’s Sisyphean struggles fit perfectly.... Readers will never take coffee for granted or overlook the struggles of Yemen after ingesting Eggers’s phenomenally well-written, juggernaut tale of an intrepid and irresistible entrepreneur on a complex and meaningful mission, a highly caffeinated adventure story." —Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred review)
 
  "A most improbable and uplifting success story… Eggers offers an appealing hybrid: a biography of a charming, industrious Muslim man who has more ambition than direction; a capsule history of coffee and its origins, growth, and development as a mass commodity and then as a niche product; the story of Blue Bottle, the elite coffee chain in San Francisco that some suspect (and some fear) could turn into the next Starbucks; an adventure story of civil war in a foreign country… It is hard to resist the derring-do of the Horatio Alger of Yemenite coffee." —Kirkus (starred review)
 
  "The remarkable true story of a Yemeni coffee farmer… A vibrant depiction of courage and passion, interwoven with a detailed history of Yemeni coffee and a timely exploration of Muslim American identity." —David Canfield, Entertainment Weekly
 
  "Surreal… Eggers tells the exciting true story of a Yemeni-American man’s attempts to promote his ancestral country’s heritage, giving both a timely gloss on the traditional American dream and a window into the nightmare of contemporary political instability… [The Monk of Mokha] works as both a heartwarming success story with a winning central character and an account of real-life adventures that read with the vividness of fiction." —Publishers Weekly
 

作者介紹

作者簡介
 
  Dave Eggers is the author of eleven books, including: The Circle; Heroes of the Frontier, longlisted for the Dublin International Literary Award; A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the National Book Award; and What Is the What, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and winner of France’s Prix Médicis Etranger and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. His nonfiction and journalism has appeared in the Guardian, the New Yorker, the Best American Travel Writing and the Best American Essays. He is the founder of McSweeney’s, the publishing company that distributes the Voice of Witness series of books, which use oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world. He is the cofounder of 826 National, a network of youth writing and tutoring centers with locations around the country, and of ScholarMatch, which connects donors with students to make college accessible. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and his work has been translated into forty-two languages. He lives in Northern California with his family. 
 

詳細資料

  • ISBN:9781524711382
  • 規格:平裝 / 352頁 / 普通級 / 單色印刷 / 初版
  • 出版地:美國

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