This book is depressing and highly confrontational. It is depressing and confrontational in all the horror, degradation, violence that is heaped upon the three young sisters (Muna, 13 years old) when they were taken from their English home to the Yemen where they were forced by their father into a succession of unwanted marriages. Muna and her sister, Yas, display immense fortitude in the face of absolute male domination enforced by law, custom and brutality. They and the other Yemeni women are inspirational in their handling of such terrible events.
It is easy to claim that this is the result of that country's religion but here in Australia "on average one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner" and a great many others are injured in a great variety of ways. Do some internet research. Australia is not anywhere near approaching Yemen's level of violence but Australia still has a long way to go in combating domestic violence. Here's hoping that things for females in all countries round the world will vastly improve. Books such as this one throw a light upon such matters.
I can't say I enjoyed it but I read every word (I believe the author deserved that) and celebrated with Muna when she made her escape. I recommend that books such as this one be read in the hope of educating everyone about such matters. My four stars is in relation to my judgement of the quality of the writing, not the importance of the topic.
I won't go into the story line of this novel as that is outlined in the kindle purchase. This book was incredibly well written and has depth and understanding related to historical and complex life issues. I found the book harrowing at times and very confronting. To sum up a compelling eead. I could not put the book down despite the fact it wasn’t light hearted and fun reading . I will be seeking more from this very talented author.
O.M.G. I can't even begin to explain or describe my feelings about this story. You have to read it to believe it. A real eye opener, I couldn't put it down. So much heartache for women in Yemen and all females. It's criminal, I'm so happy for this woman and her children to get away from these evil men. Thank goodness for the English people who helped her flee and her sisters for supporting her. Would love to know more once the family arrived in England. A great read. Well written and a good ending.
This is a book that sadly shows the true lives of a lot of Middle Eastern woman. However in this book The main character was so like her own Father in temperament that it was an almost impossible situation. The story is so familiar but in this case there seemed to be no happy ending. How the father and daughter did not end up kill each other I shall never know.
The position that the father put his own relations in by asking them to take on the care of his two daughters must also have been extremely hard for them. For the daughter even harder. The story is well written and I believe to be true. For myself I could not put it down.
We all need to be aware of how cruel most muslim men and some muslim women are. It also points out that muslim men have no respect for women and treat as less than animals, it also makes it very clear that a muslim can never be trusted. The book makes it very clear that we should never let muslims take control in our country because if we do we will loose our freedom.
A gripping story of a girls struggle as a child bride. The cruelty and suffering is horrific. I could not put the book down. The wonderful support of some friends and family and the love an support between sisters. Highly recommended.
I really enjoyed this book although simply written it was an enthralling story. One could only imagine the plight of these poor children wrenched from their homeland and thrust into a land where they had no say, nothing was familiar and their father could not be trusted.