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For the Love of a Son: One Afghan Woman's Quest for Her Stolen Child

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From the New York Times bestselling author of PRINCESS: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia, comes the heartbreaking story of one woman's quest for her stolen child. As a little girl in Afghanistan, Maryam fought for equality and defied the second-class standing of women by pretending to be a boy. When her feisty spirit nearly cost her life, after a public ...more
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Published February 25th 2011 by Liza Dawson Associates (first published April 29th 2010)
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Maryam Khail totakhail
This is a true story, is my story. Everyone who has read the book gave an excellent review, they all loved the story.
Ena Hasečić
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Moje upoznavanje sa romanima Jean Sasson bilo je još prije nekoliko godina kada sam u biblioteci posudila romane koje prate život princeze sultane. I danas ih se sjećam, a kada mi je i ovaj roman došao u ruke odmah sam ga odlučila pročitati i nisam se pokajala.

U ovom romanu pratimo istinitu priču o Afganistanki Marjam, uz poneke izmjene datuma, imena likova ili hronologije događanja. Roman započinje pričom o danu koji je obilježio njeno djetinjstvo. Tog dana je javno osramoćena u školi nakon što
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Jewel
I can't give this book a star rating since I didn't finish it.

I'm not a big fan of these kinds of books where we get a women telling us her live story, only for us to read all about how terrible it was to live in THAT country, in THAT culture. To me it feels more like it's commercial, bashing your traditions, ur origins and your people, only to sell a story, I have no respect for these women.

Now, if it was presented as fiction, that's a different matter.

In almost every page there is a mention of
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Zillah
I really liked this book, although there are some things I must say. First, I'm not sure it really is a true story, not because of the story itself, but because of the fact that the comments under the pictures make me a bit suspicious. For example, there is a photograph of Big Duran making a first call to his mother, and I find it very unlikely for someone to take photo in that situation. Second, the names are changed in order to protect people's identities and then the pictures are put inside?? ...more
ثامر الحمدان
تقول الكاتبة : " في الوقت الذي تبدأ فيه ذراعا الجنين الأفغاني وساقاه في النمو داخل رحم أمه تكون خلاياه الدماغية منشغلة بإصدار الإجحاف والتمييز ضد النساء"
وتقول : " في السعودية يستطيع الرجال عمل ما يريدون عندما يتعلق الأمر بنسائهم وأطفالهم ولن يتدخل أحد , فالرجل يضع قانونه الشخصي في بيته, حتى القوات الخاصة تعتبر الأمر شخصياً. يستطيع الزوج أن يقتلها إن شاء ولن يعترض أحد !!"

عند وجود شخص سيئ في مجتمع ما , لا يعني أبداً أن المجتمع كله سيئ , لأنه لا يمكن أن نصدر قراراً بحق دولة أو قبيلة أو حتى أسرة بسب
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Astrid Falkenberg
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the more disturbing books I've read in a while, mostly because it was based on the true life of an Afghan woman, and because I will NEVER in my whole life understand or approve of the Islam religion that views women as basically unworthy and allows men to abuse them at will with no repercussions. One of the worst things was that once the abusive father had kidnapped the woman's child, he molded the innocent infant son into an exact replica of him. Had he stayed with his mother in ...more
Sarah Yassin
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: DrIsmat hoso
Recommended to Sarah by: no body
رواية رائعة قرأتها ادخلتني في تفاصيلها واعطتني مشاعر البطلة وأحسست بأنني أعيش حياتها

كيف ؟
كيف يستطيع الرجال أن يتخذوا قرارات متعسفة بشأن حياتنا ؟
كيف يستطيع رجل أن يضرب ويغتصب زوجته أمام أطفاله ؟
كيف يستطيع رجل أن يخطف طفله من حضن والدته ويبعده عنها ليصنع منه وحشا كاسرا ، مريضا نفسيا ؟ كيف يستطيع أن يحول الحب والطمأنينة الى كراهية وحقد ؟ ولماذا كل هذا الظلم والتعسف ألأنهم رجال ؟؟!
يصدمني واقع وحال بلداننا العربية التي تمنح الحرية للرجال لفعل ما يشاؤون بالنساء والأطفال ، كيف يستطيع الأباء إجبار ب
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Maggie Leivas
Jun 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book and did not consider it heavy or boring in any way. The historical facts about Afghanistan and Maryam's family are necessary and add to the depth of the book. I think most American women my age and younger take our freedom so much for granted. It is difficult for us to believe how women can be so mistreated in other cultures.

I highly recommend this book and hope that some day I will be able to meet Ms. Khail or hear her speak.

Here is a video interview I discovered on y
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Maha
Dec 07, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition







يعتقد الكثيرون ان ما تكتبه جين ساسون في رواياتها سر لايجوز الإفصاح عنه لكونه يتطرق الى قضايا اجتماعيه تكشف
جوانب من علاقات الأفراد والتي يفضلون ان تبقى حبيسة لا تتعدى منافذ الحدود حتى وان كانت غير حقيقيه
إلا أني أرى انه
لا يوجد في رواياتها اسرار قد تكون مشوقة ومحصورة !
كما أن معظم المعلومات الحقيقية معروفة وغير جديرة بالاهتمام أو التكتم عنها ..
والناس اصبحو على وعي تام بما يحدث ولربما الى حقائق أكبر مما أشارت اليه الكاتبه

وبالعودة الى الروايه
تسرد تفاصيل حكاية تشبه آلاف الحكايات المبطّنة في جوف الت
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Ananya
Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This heart-breaking story of Maryam is an example of unending torture, oppression, silent submission and suffering of many Afghan women who are rendered too weak to raise a voice against violence done to them by their own husbands and unfathomable strict laws and prejudices in the minds of even the humblest and educated of men. The true face of these worlds, no less dangerous than underworld, is not just depressing, it's terrifying. Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq - whatever Muslim laws ar

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Hasan Mohammed
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

رحلة ثانية مع "جين ساسون" في قلب أفغانستان، بعد كتابها (مغامرة حب في بلاد ممزّقة) التي كانت في شمال العراق، أرض الأكراد.

أفغانستان، أرضٌ لم تعرف الهدوء والإستقرار منذُ أكثر من نصفِ قرن، كأنّما هي قطعة من جهنّم! رائحة البارود المنتشر في كل مكان تزكمُ الأنوف، الجدران ملطّخةً بالدماء، والجثث على أرصفة الشوارع والطرقات! هذا ما نشاهده على أرض الواقع، أما ما يدور خلف الكواليس وفي غسق الليل، فهو المؤامرات والإنقلابات! ما الذي يجري هناك؟! إنها الحرب!

حربٌ يدور رحاها بين المجاهدين الأفغان ضد الإحتلال الروس
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Christine Mathew
Jul 23, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No book has upset me the way this one has. The fact that it is based on a true life incident adds to my misery.

The book throws light on the barbaric culture in Afghanistan that glorifies the torture unleashed on women for the pleasure of men.

The reader is expected to empathize with the plight of women which is practically in shambles from the day they are born till the day they succumb to the physical and mental wounds inflicted on them by their society.

Unfortunately, that did not happen to m
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Baljit
Jul 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The true life account of an Afghani woman. Despite her education and relatively priveledged life she is victim of tribal traditions and is subjected to abuse. I found it v distressing that even those closest to her, like her father and her sister, could not offer support at crucial moments. The outcome, is not a fairytale ending and there is no closure...such are the harsh relaities of life where violence breeds more violence, from generation to generation.
Laila514
Oct 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love all of Jean Sassons book and this was very emotional for me to read about her suffering and about her stolen child and how disgusting the men are towards women when things dont go their way,and that even her own son would turn against her. After reading this book the first thing i did was give my mother a massive hug as really mothers are the most treasured gifts god has given us.
Afghan women really suffer for their children and their freedom.
Raghad Khamees
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
أي روعة تلك التي تكتب فيها جين ساسون ، رواية مؤلمة موجعة ابكتني في كثير من المواقع.
تكشف لنا الرواية عن مدى الظلم الذي يقع على المرأة في أفغانستان لا لسبب فقط لانها أنثى ، ومدى العار الذي يشعر به الشاب الأفغاني عندما تأتيه أنثى
استغرب جداً هذه الدول الإسلامية التي يجب ان تقدس المراة وتعطيها حقوقها .. هي أكثر الدول ظلما و إجحافا بحق المرأة
كم كرهت قيس هذا المجرم المنافق وكم كرهت الرجال من أمثاله
بقدر كرهي لقيس أحببت مريم المظلومة والمتمردة والمضحية والمحبة ..
Shapamjit Bariar
This story struck a chord n somehow it emphasizes on how vulnerable women are n can be. The atrocities she suffered solely due to her gender is pitiful but her son turnin agajnst her is heart wrenching. This story revealed a bitter truth behind veiled women and how despite being heavily masked they are so vulnerable cos of their gender...they can be raped,abused and tortured...truly a painful journey.
Az Zahra  Islam
Aug 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love reading this book. I feel pity to Maryam for her first son did not really behave in a proper way towards her even though she is her very own mother. Thankfully, she is still manage to meet her son after so many years but it is not as what I expected where Big Duran will love and miss his mother so much instead he reacted just the same as his father.
Mwa6nah Al Marzouqi
اللغة : سهله وبسيطة وبعيده عن التعقيد والتكلف.
الحكاية : جميلة مليئة بالتفاصيل اللي تشوق القارئ واللي تضيف له معلومات تخصّ آفغانستان و الحياة فيها.
النهاية : مُش متوقعة أبداً !! ولكنها إلى حد ما مُرضية ..

آنهيتها في عشر ساعات متقطعات.
Andrea Camacho
Sep 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, it shows the reality of afghan women, maybe is not a true story, I don't know, but is what many muslim women live.
I highly recommend it.
I really like Jean Sasson's books, I have read almost all of them and I recommend each one of them.
Pary
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. I feel the pain, i cry with maryam and for Maryams. I see my mom through this book, my sister, my best friend, myself. I see an afghan woman.
Asma Ahmad
Dec 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very sad n true story.... Dis bk shows dat hw much da women in afghanistan had suffered n still sufferin... N it e1 shows da unimaginable luv of a mother 4 his lost child...
Meriam Albalooshi
loved it..very touchy
Hassan Alaali
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
لأنك ولدي، رواية للروائية الأمريكية المشهورة برواياتها المثيرة للجدل جين ساسون، تحكي قصة إنسانية وواقعية لفتاة أفغانية. حُولت الرواية إلى فيلم سينمائي بنفس الإسم.

"بنت يا الله! لماذا لم ترزقني بنتاً؟. أتأمل حياتي كثيراً مع مرور الوقت متذكرةً بحزن كل البنات والأمهات في عائلتي، وسؤال واحد يؤرقني: لماذا لم نكن أقوى؟ لماذا لم نقف في وجه رجالنا؟ جدتي. أمينة. أمي. سارة. أنا. كلنا. كلنا عانينا، إلا أننا كنا ضعيفات ورضخنا لهم باستسلام. لم نكن نسبح عكس التيار، بل كنا نسبح عكس التقاليد القديمة التي تطالبنا
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Trupti Dorge
Feb 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love books by Jean Sasson. The first time I read on of her books I was in 11t Grade and it was probably my first non-fiction book. I have been a huge fan of hers ever since. I think her writing is simple but the stories in her books are heart wrenching. I remember I cried a lot when I read her book Mayada. She writes about women in the Muslim World. She writes about their oppression at the hands of those they love, oppression by their government and because of age old beliefs that are hard to ...more
Sidrah
May 28, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was really excited to read this book as I recently read J. Sasson’s “Mayada, Daughter of Iraq” and absolutely loved it. However, this turned out to be a downright disappointment! To begin with, there were too many places in the book where I just couldn’t believe things to be true. Moreover, the characters – including the protagonist – simply disgusted me. Their stupidity and tendency to make the wrong decisions despite knowing better was sickening, adding to the feeling that this cannot possib ...more
Asma
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-the-bus, memoir
Before I even started reading this book, I had already made the assumption that the book wasn't based on a true story and that it had more dramatization than anything of real essence. However, as I progressed in my reading, I found myself enjoying the storyline and finding it increasingly interesting, so I thought to myself "Does it really matter if it's a real story or not?"
Maryam, who is the main character in the book, shares not only the story of her struggle for merely being a female in Afgh
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Blue Sea
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm must admit that I love to read books but sometimes i'll procrastinate to finish a book... However Jean Sasson's writing had made me to continue to read without any reluctant. I knew what I read had published long time ago, however I don't feel it's a old story that not worth to read. Seriously I like Jean Sasson's writing..the way she describe things through words deliver the impact well.

This story had made me link it to a song - "If I were a boy" by Beyonce. Women..women...women...a symbol
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Sharina  MS
Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I love the way it's written. the narration is just excellent, I hardly put down the book, I finished it immediately after started reading it. the story often made me laugh, cry and think. I feel devastated on how a nation of beautiful places like Afghanistan treat their women godlessly. never in Islam that Allah and the prophet teach to ridicule, terrorize women/wives. Whats shocking is there's a phrase in the book saying in Quran, "Man can do whatever he likes and man can beat their wives coz i ...more
Anita
Jun 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read another book by this Author called, ' Mayada, Daughter of Iraq' which was excellent. unfortunately this book was not so good. The story dragged on in the beginning but the middle of the book was brilliant and then I had to finish it to find out the ending. I mainly read this sort of material to learn more about cultures in other countries. I certainly learnt a lot from this book. I like how the author does a mini history summary at the end of the book so the reader has a clearer unde ...more
Sabrina Rutter
Maryam was born a girl in a land where only boys dreams come true, but luck was on her side when she was born to educated parents with modern ideas. Growing up in a family where many had their own haunting past Maryam vowed to herself that she would not know that fate for herself. Fate though is something that just can't always be avoided. This is not only her story, but the story of her family.

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Jean Sasson was born in a small town in Alabama. An avid reader from an early age, she had read all the books in her school library by the time she was 15 years old. She also began her book collection at age 15. When given the chance to travel, Sasson accepted a position at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Riyadh, and lived in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for 12 years. She ...more
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