Tuesday, June 30, 2015
On My Bookshelf...
Today's review is brief, as is the book. Sold by Zana Muhsen is a true account of modern slavery. When she was fifteen, Zana and her younger sister Nadia who were born and raised in Birmingham England, were told by their father (a Yemeni) that he was sending them on a six week vacation to Yemen so they could get to know his family better. What sounded like a wonderful vacation trip quickly turned into a nightmare and it didn't take the girls long to figure out their father had literally sold them into marriage and they were helpless prisoners. They had to adapt to their tragic fate and a very foreign way of life where women have absolutely no rights, living lives of servitude. They lived in very primitive conditions and endured rape, beatings and childbirth with no modern "assistance". After 8 years of living this nightmare, Zana managed to escape, leaving her younger sister and children behind. Without giving away any more of the story, I will say it was a captivating read. The best written book ever? No. A heart-wrenching story? Yes. It opens your eyes to what women in such male-dominated cultures endure in their daily lives of such a wretched existence. It's a quick and easy read, and it makes one appreciate what a wonderful life we have, living in North America where we take for granted such things as running water and electricity, anaesthetics, contraception and medical care. Others are not so fortunate.
I have just finished reading The Clifton Chronicles by Jeffrey Archer, all five of them. That will be my next review. I'm currently reading A Higher Call by Adam Makos, a true WWII story. What are you reading these days?
"Maybe Heaven will be a library. Then I will be able to finish my to-read list." ~ Kellie Elmore