The Extraordinary Fairy Tale That Ended In A Nobel Prize

February 19, 2015 5:35 PM

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The Extraordinary Fairy Tale That Ended In A Nobel Prize

A little girl raised on a faraway island. Her town is small, deeply religious. Dancing is forbidden; family members speak of spirits, and superstitions abound. Her parents are not well-off, do not attend university.

But her mother, who once dreamed of being a doctor, wants better for her daughter. She insists the girl study hard. She reads her fairy tales in which heroes overcome poverty with their smarts. “We are born naked, and we're going to die naked, so don't care about material things,” she tells her daug...

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