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Seriously, I have little to no words to describe this book. It's not the most well-written piece in the world, but I'll cut her some slack for being ripped from her native country of England at the young age of 16 and forced to speak another language for 8 years while she was beaten, raped, enslaved, and lied to, and as an added bonus, she got to watch her younger sister go through the same shit in the next town over.
See that run-on sentence? We can't all write beautifully when we're ...more
I don't want to sound unsympathetic about the people in this book, but I was surprised by how much Zana's mother trusted their father. He had already taken two of her children out of the country and failed ...more
Fascinating story, but poorly written. This is the barebones story of two young teenagers who are sold into marriage by their Yemeni father. The author finally makes it home to England, but has to leave her younger sister, son, niece, and nephew behind. This all happened over thirty years ago, but I don't think much has changed in Yemen for women. The father was truly wretched, but I thought the mother was a bit of a dope. She had lost two other children in a similar manner previous to these t ...more
Amazing true story.... I can't stop reading it... 8 years of fear and sadness...hope and disappointing. .. of slavery under the name of marriage :(
For fifteen year old zana and her sister nadia born and raised in Birmingham, a trip to visit relatives in Yemen sounded like a dream come true.
But the holiday soon turned into a terrifying nightmare when they discovered that their father had sold then into arranged marriages . For eight brutal years they lived as helpless prisoners forced to ...more
In the Yemen were forced to live in poverty stricken villages and were cruelly treated. Every day they walked over rocky terrain to draw water from a well; they were battered and rape ...more
You will feel angry at Zana's father and the men that brought her, sad for the girls who had lost their family and friends, frustration as their Mum battled to get them back and outrage that w ...more
I was honestly terrified with the things I learned. This book is an autobiography by a British woman who actually experienced being sold into marriage, adapting to a completely alien way of life, with no running ...more
This book follows such a heavy topic that is very present in our society. How can a father sell his own daughters?! But despite that there were a lot of moments I felt very bored by the story and I felt that nothing really happens most of the time. It took me a long of time to read the book and the edition I read didn't help. The story was very touching but overall it was a 2.5/5 stars reading.
The synopsis is well enough described throughout the reviews and book description. What isn't described is the journey of emotion the author takes you on. There is no glossing over the life of this woman, a child sold into marriage in a foreign country, and e ...more
Zana Muhsen with Andrew Crofts *True Story*
Zana and Nadia born and raised in Birmingham.
Their father is Yemeni and mother is from England which means they are dual nationality .
In 1980 their father sold them for another Yemeni men
Zana for Abdullah and Nadia for Mohammed
They are sold as wives for them. When actually their father told them they will just go for six week period for a holiday.
For 8 years they suffered from the hard work, abused and bitten up too
Zana is a strong naturally ...more
Reading this not only raises awareness of what goes on miles away in ...more
For anyone who reads this, know that there was a follow up book, A Promise to Nadia. The first one, Sold, details how the sister, Zana, eventually got out of Yemen. A Promise to Nadia haven't read it yet) is said to detail the saga of getting the sister, Nadia, out of Yemen. Don't know yet if ...more
How could those Arab men "buy" girls from overseas, claimed that they're married with documents whipped from no where, and without properly solemnised the marriage ceremony?
I just can't imagine, modern British girls being sold to Arab men and to lead life of peasants among the deserts and mountains of Yemen, with no modern facilities, and forced to be the slaves of their in-laws!
There are some things I wish had been explored or explained. One of those is that after essentially kidnapping the two oldest child ...more
It's absolutely shocking reading how a father sold his daughters off as wives - to his ...more