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.
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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.
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Andrew Crofts Goodreads Author. Zana Muhsen, born and bred in Birmingham, is of Yemeni origin. When her father told her she was to spend a holiday with relatives in North Yemen, she jumped at the chance.
Aged 15 and 13 respectively, Zana and her sister discovered that they had been literally sold into marriage, and that on their arrival they were virtually prisoners. They had to adapt to a completely ali Zana Muhsen, born and bred in Birmingham, is of Yemeni origin.
They had to adapt to a completely alien way of life, with no running water, dung-plastered walls, frequent beatings, and the ordeal of childbirth on bare floors with only old women in attendance. After eight years of misery and humiliation Zana succeeded in escaping, but her sister is still there, and it seems likely that she will now never leave the country where she has spent more than half her life.
This is an updated edition of Zana's account of her experiences. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Sold , please sign up. I read this book for few times. I can't believe that it is true story. It is too horrible. I hope this is just the fiction, not the real story?
Rian This is very much a real thing in common day, all over the world. Modern day slavery is still very much alive sadly. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Sold. May 29, PlatKat rated it it was amazing. Holy shit. 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 Holy shit. We can't all write beautifully when we're frazzled out of our minds. As of the writing of this book, Zana's sister Nadia was still in Yemen. Part of Zana's motivation for writing the book was to let people know what had happened to her and to raise enough awareness to get her sister out of there. Nadia has since returned to England with her children. I don't know what became of their father, the man responsible for selling them to two Yemeni families for pounds each.
Toward the end of the book, when Zana is about to get a divorce from the man she was forced to marry, her father called, begging her not to leave Yemen. The way their story was blowing up all over the world, I'm sure quite a few people would line up to help him out with that. On a personal note, I read this a few months after a rather disconcerting conversation with my own father in which he repeatedly suggested that I require a husband and children to be happy.
Although he claimed his children are his greatest accomplishments, it was difficult for me to tell, since this was the first conversation we'd had since my grandmother his mom died. It sucks that he feels qualified to tell me what I should do when he has such an inactive role in my life.
I'm happy already, and thankful every day for my comfortable home, stable job, unique side business, and fun activities. Yes, I'm sad my father can't see that, but he never tricked me into going to Yemen so I could be abused by a miserable, impoverished family and forced into an arranged marriage.
So I got that goin' for me Shelves: autobi-memoirs , mideast. This brutal narrative by an English-born young Yemeni woman and her sister who were sold into slavery by their father is absolutely horrific. The girls were sent to Yemen on the pretext of a vacation to visit family then sold and married off in a vicious male-dominated society.
One of the girls manages to escape, leaving behind her young child and her sister who could not bear to abandon her own child. It is a heartless and brutal land to be born a female in and all I could think of was 'WHAT A This brutal narrative by an English-born young Yemeni woman and her sister who were sold into slavery by their father is absolutely horrific.
What a foul, despicable hideous person. One whom I personally would love to see drawn and quartered in a public square, just like they do to evil-doers in his neck of the woods!
There is absolutely nothing nice to be said about such a man! Memoir of two young English-Yemeni sisters who are 'sold' into marriage, literally, by their father. Raised in England, they have reached teenage-hood with all its challenges and rebellious behaviors. Dad, Dear Dad, convinces the girls to 'go on vacation to visit family in Yemen', where, upon their arrival at the relatives village, he sells them outright and returns to the UK or wherever.
They are cast into the tiny rural mountainous village where they are ruled by their husbands and male relatives and live as virtual slaves but then mere survival in mountainous outposts of the world is slave-like in nature anyway! But the key is of course, that they can go nowhere, have no rights, are barely recognized as human beings and are indeed merely chattel. It is a grim tale of male rule in the Middle East and in the Islamic culture as we know of it.
There is a sequel apparently, that furthers the story of the young women. I have yet to read it but I must. View all 3 comments. This was an extremely traumatic story, but due to the writing style, I felt somewhat distant from it.
I am relieved that the UK has completely overhauled it's attitude to forced marriages and Zana's mother would get help and support to get her children out of this situation if it happened now. 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 This was an extremely traumatic story, but due to the writing style, I felt somewhat distant from it.
He had already taken two of her children out of the country and failed to bring them back they were brought up by relatives in the Yemen , so why did she let him arrange a "holiday" in the Yemen for these two children? However, everyone has hindsight and if we are honest, we can all look back on things and wonder why we did them, but they made sense at the time. Apr 27, Elisabeth rated it liked it Shelves: 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 Fascinating story, but poorly written. She had lost two other children in a similar manner previous to these two girls, yet she goes on to have FIVE more children with him.
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In the books and in interviews, Muhsen states that she and her sister had been sent to Yemen under the assumption that they were going on holiday to meet the paternal side of their family. Muhsen asserts that neither she nor her sister were aware of their father's plans, although her sister Nadia says that her father showed her a photograph of her future husband, Mohammed, in the UK, and that she knew she was going to be married. On their arrival in Maqbanah , Zana, 15 and Nadia, 13 learned from Abdul Khada that she was the spouse of a teenage son of the father's friend. Zana lived in a town called Hockail and Nadia lived in Ashube. Their mother, Miriam Ali, an English woman, appealed unsuccessfully to the Foreign Office for assistance, but was told that the Yemeni government had stated that as they were now married to Yemeni men, they could only leave the country with their husbands' permission. In , an Observer journalist , Eileen McDonald, visited the girls and wrote a series of articles portraying the Muhsens as cruelly-treated slaves. The girls begged McDonald, and her male photographer, to help them leave the country, and the media coverage provoked an outcry in the UK.