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Waris 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....

Title : Desert Flower
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ISBN : 9781860497582
ISBN13 : 978-1860497582
Format Type : E-Book
Language : Englisch
Publisher : Virago Auflage New Ed 18 Januar 2001
Number of Pages : 256 Seiten
File Size : 965 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Desert Flower Reviews

  • steni18
    2019-05-01 04:09

    Waris Dirie beschreibt innerhalb ihrer Biographie, im englischen Original, ihren langen und beschwerlichen Werdegang eines einfachen, somalischen Dorfmädchens zu einer emanzipierten und erfolgreichen Frau.Waris wurde 1967 in Somalia geboren und wuchs dort in bitterer Armut innerhalb ihrer Nomaden-Familie auf, in der alte, afrikanische Traditionen noch immer sehr stark das Zusammenleben innerhalb des Stammes regeln. Somit wurde Waris im zarten Alter von fünf Jahren "rituell beschnitten", wobei die daraus resultierenden physischen und psychischen Konsequenzen von ihr innerhalb des Romans ausführlich beschrieben werden.Als sie im Alter von 13 Jahren mit einem 50-jährigen Mann verheiratet werden sollte, verließ Waris ihr zuhause und suchte bei Verwandten in der Stadt zuflucht.Der Beginn einer langen Odysee, dank der Waris schließlich in England landet und dort einem Fotografen begegnet, der ihr neue erfolgsversprechende Möglichkeiten im Model-Business eröffnet.Der Beginn einer einzigartigen Karriere...Insgesamt ist "Desert Flower" aufgrund seines relativ einfachen, englischen Wortschatzes und seiner realitätsnahen Handlung sehr leicht zu lesen und somit auch für "Englisch"- und/oder "Lesemuffel" geeignet, wobei dem Leser insbesondere das Leid und die Unterdrückung eines Großteils der afrikanischen Frauen verdeutlicht wird.

  • JanineS.
    2019-05-15 03:51

    Eigentlich lese ich nicht wirklich.. das Buch habe ich vor über 5 Jahren mal in der Schule gelesen, allerdings auf deutsch. Meiner Meinung nach ist die Geschichte auf Englisch etwas anders, aber es lässt sich wirklich super lesen und auch wenn man ein paar Wörter auf anhieb nicht ganz versteht, kann man sich das zm. aus dem Zusammenhang erschließen. (und ich spreche auch nicht fließend Englisch). Kann ich wirklich nur weiter empfehlen =)

  • Judith
    2019-05-15 02:48

    What I really liked about this book is that, as a reader, you get new (at least for me) insights in the whole topic of African women and FGM. From a Western perspective this tradition is just horrible and awful but she also gives reasons which are kinda understandable.. Of course there are no reasons which make the practice okay but it is still interesting to get reasons for why people do this to their children in the first place. So you get new impressions as long as your are ready to let that happen.A downside is the style of writing which I found a bit too simple (I guess one just notices that English is not Waris mother tongue), so that made reading the book not as enjoyable as it could have been. However, it makes it a good book for people who are just learning English. Besides that, it is a great book for everyone who is interested in the topic or, obviously, Waris Dirie's life.

  • Kim Schaefer
    2019-04-30 08:45

    Das Buch habe ich vor ein paar Jahren gelesen, fand die muetigeFrauengeschichte begeistert.Diesmal wolle ich es fuer meine Freuindin besorgen.

  • Michael
    2019-05-05 01:54

    Buch ist gleich angekommen. Ist in einer guten Qualität. Geschichte ist sehr berührend und lesenswert. Der Film dazu ist auch empfehlenswert.

  • Tina S
    2019-05-10 05:00

    Bewegende Geschichte, eines anfänglich sehr schweren Lebens.Das Buch ist leider beim lesen auseinder gefallen da es sehr eng gebunden war.

  • None
    2019-05-06 05:07

    Waris took me with her back in time. I felt as though it was happening to me. I could feel her pain and suffering. A life of any female child is hard, but this was something I could never have imagined in a million years. The strength and courage it took to tell her story, can never be imagined. When I read the part about her FGM, I had to run to the bathroom, to keep from messing up my bed. This book shows that the plight of women have a long, long way to go, to be changed. At a young age she worked harder than most retired adults have ever worked. It seems as though a lot of men are the same all over the world, no care about a woman except what they can get from her. The way her Aunt in London treated her, seemed to give her cousin permission to molest her. Was she safe anywhere? Not at home with her mother, father, and siblings, and most definately not on the road looking for her family. She did not have a safe haven with her other relatives. It took a stranger to let her see that everybody was not the same. One day, all women will be free like men, but until that day, more women like Waris must come forward and tell their story, no matter how disturbiing it is. Women and especially men must see the injustice that is being done on a daily basis.

  • None
    2019-05-02 05:55

    I just couldn't put this book down. A fascinating biography of Waris Dirie. I saw a photo of her once in a fashion magazine and a blurb beside it saying she was a spokesperson for the UN against female genital mutilation. When I read what that was and saw her beautiful face and knew this happened to her I started to cry and could not stop. And now I have read her whole book and know about her whole intriquing life. The rest of her story is also very interesting (and I never thought I would have any interest in reading about fashion models lives in that industry). The best part of the book is about her childhood in Somali IMO though as it is so exotic to the Western lifestyle. Waris is very brave to speak out about female genital mutilation in Africa to a very biased audience. She is also brave to tell her own personal experience with the "killer" as she calls the old woman who mutilated her severly at age 5 with a rusty, broken razor out in the desert. To think that this horrible thing has happened to 130 million women who are alive now as the UN states is so shocking! It MUST stop.