May. 20th, 2010

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I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali


My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I felt two emotions as I read Nujood's story: rage and pride. I am disgusted at a world where men are more concerned about how other men regard them than they are concerned about the health, safety, dreams, and desires of their wives and daughters. I am proud of Nujood for standing up to that world and doing what many adult women even in more liberal cultures do not have the courage to do: demand a divorce from an abusive tyrant of a male. She was/is a child and should not have been married in the first place, let alone to a monster who raped and beat her...

Nujood intends to become a lawyer, so she can one day help others. As determined as she was to get a divorce in a culture that does not easily grant divorces to women, I have little doubt she will put that same determination to work to achieve her academic goals.

The royalties from this book allow Nujood and her younger sister to attend school, as well as providing for the family's basic needs. Those reasons are strong enough ones to buy this book. But the autobiography is gripping enough to deserve anyone's attention, even if that wasn't the case.

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