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    Desert Flower (Virago Press) (Paperback) By (author) Waris Dirie


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    DescriptionWaris Dirie (the name means desert flower) lives a double life - by day she is a famous model and UN spokeswoman on women's rights in Africa, at night she dreams of her native Somalia. Waris, one of 12 children, was born into a traditional family of desert nomads in East Africa. She remembers her early childhood as carefree- racing camels and moving on with her family to the next grazing spot - until it came her turn to meet the old woman who administered the ancient custom imposed on most Somalian girls: circumcision. Waris suffered this torture when she was just five years old. Then, aged 12, when her father attempted to arrange a marriage with a 60 year old stranger in exchange for five camels - she took flight. After an extraordinary escape through the dangerous desert she made her way to London and worked as a maid for the Somalian ambassador until that family returned home. Penniless and speaking little English, she became a janitor in McDonalds where she was famously discovered by a fashion photographer. Her story is a truly inspirational and extraordinary self-portrait of a remarkable woman whose spirit is as breathtaking as her beauty.

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    Thought provoking but poorly written.3

    Khrystyne Cordi I really wanted to like this book. The subject matter is a serious one and the stories told are both shocking and heartbreaking. However the letdown for me was the bad editing (or lack thereof). I felt like Waris didn't have an editor to point her in the write direction languistically so it felt a bit lacking. Unfortunate because the message it gave is really a beautiful one.

    This might be a better book for teenagers to read than adults. by Khrystyne Cordi

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