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Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey Of A Desert Nomad par [Dirie, Waris, Miller, Cathleen]
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Longueur : 250 pages Word Wise: Activé Composition améliorée: Activé
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Présentation de l'éditeur

Waris Dirie leads a double life -- by day, she is an international supermodel and human rights ambassador for the United Nations; by night, she dreams of the simplicity of life in her native Somalia and the family she was forced to leave behind. Desert Flower, her intimate and inspiring memoir, is a must-read for anyone who has ever wondered about the beauty of African life, the chaotic existence of a supermodel, or the joys of new motherhood.

Waris was born into a traditional Somali family, desert nomads who engaged in such ancient and antiquated customs as genital mutilation and arranged marriage. At twelve, she fled an arranged marriage to an old man and traveled alone across the dangerous Somali desert to Mogadishu -- the first leg of an emotional journey that would take her to London as a house servant, around the world as a fashion model, and eventually to America, where she would find peace in motherhood and humanitarian work for the U.N.

Today, as Special Ambassador for the U.N., she travels the world speaking out against the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation, promoting women's reproductive rights, and educating people about the Africa she fled -- but still deeply loves.

Desert Flower will be published simultaneously in eleven languages throughout the world and is currently being produced as a feature film by Rocket Pictures UK.

Biographie de l'auteur

An internationally recognized supermodel, Waris Dirie is a United Nations special ambassador who travels the world as an articulate and passionate advocate of human rights. She served as United Nations special ambassador for the elimination of FGM. She has since established the Desert Flower Foundation to advance women’s rights in Africa.



Cathleen Miller circled the globe to interview sources for her latest book, Champion of Choice, the biography of UN leader Nafis Sadik. Her previous work includes the international bestseller Desert Flower, which was adapted as a feature film. Miller’s travel essays have appeared in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 683 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 250 pages
  • Editeur : William Morrow (6 juin 2009)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B002C949AE
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.7 étoiles sur 5 3 commentaires client
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Par kalisto le 13 décembre 2014
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Cette autobiographie est le résumé de la vie d'une femme courageuse et combative qui souhaite à tout prix sortir du déterminisme social et être libre. Malgré la présence de certains passages difficiles mais nécessaires, ce livre redonne espoir.
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Nous devrions tous connaitre les souffrances de ces femmes. Waris a eu beaucoup de courage pour dénoncer ouvertement cette pratique. Ce livre est vraiment très touchant mais toujours positif. Lisez-le!
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Tres sourprise que j'ai pu trouver ce livre en anglais sur l'Amazon francais. Tres bien ecrit! A decouvrir de suite.
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1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 EXTRORDINARY! 23 septembre 2016
Par LitChick - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I did not recall buying this book. But today bored by the second novel in "The Complete Novels of Henry James" and it's depiction of antiquated London society and alternating reading Henry Miller's "Tropic of Capricorn," I looked through my Kindle Library for something else.

At first, I admit I was annoyed by the simplicity of the writing. I had a hard time picturing the life of a nomadic culture in Somalia. Then as the life of this courageous woman unfolded, I couldn't stop reading.

I had NO IDEA this was the model who brought the cultural ritual of Female Genital Mutilation to the attention of the world. Her bravery is astonishing. Waris's arguments why this practice should not continue anywhere and what she has revealed FGM to be at it's essence: a way to control women invented by men, to be found no where in the Qu'ran are among the most eloquent passages I have read any where in literature.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Desert Flower 22 mars 2014
Par Mimi - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This memoir begins with the childhood of Waris Dire. She is from a nomadic Somali family. At a young age she endures female genital mutilation. She is tied down to be cut and lives through horrific pain. She knows this is terribly wrong. She is left under a tree for shelter for a few days to heal.

Her young life in the desert continues with her siblings and parents, and taking care of the animals. In her early teens, her father arranges for her to marry an older man. Waris is very unhappy about this situation. With her mother's help, one morning she escapes alone. She walks through the desert. At some point, she awakes to find a lion staring at her. She is frightened but continues on to Mogadishu, where she will live with relatives.

In the city she asks questions of people to find her way, she is so young and men out there harass her and give her a hard time. She lives with relatives for awhile and then leaves with relatives to go to London. Once there, she works as a housemaid and in McDonalds.

She is soon discovered by a fashion photographer who takes an interest in her. She is a young, tall, slender, beautiful Somali woman, and she is invited to model. She becomes successful at this career and turns into a supermodel. She moves to New York City. She walks the runway in the top fashion shows in big cities around the world. She marries and has a son.

Waris Dire is a Human Rights Activist. She is a spokesperson for the UN against FGM. She is the Chief Executive of Desert Flower Foundation, an organization which provides education to protect girls against female genital mutilation.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A great autobiography 28 décembre 2016
Par D. C. Wornock - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Co-authored with Cathleen Miller is an internationally best-selling American nonfiction writer, this is the autobiography of Waris Dirie, an international model or supermodel. The book is fascinating reading and except for a couple of very brief breaks, I could not put the book down until after I read it cover to cover. For those reasons I rated the book 5 stars.

However, even the book is basically non-fiction there are a few parts that appear to be fiction or at least embellished or exaggerated. That especially applies to parts about her description of a years long marriage to a man that in the book she couldn't avoid. For example, when her husband would fly to NYC to stay with her after someone from the agency gave him her address, I find it difficult to believe she couldn't let the owner of apartment return to his apartment for couple of day and tell her husband that he has the wrong address while she she stayed in a hotel.

Other parts, especially about her description of being subjected to and the after effects of female genital mutilation (FGM) seem so real it would would bring me to tears.
1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Inspiring 10 mai 2016
Par M L. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I'd recommend the book to mature adults, I almost gave it a lower rating due to the bad language, too many F-bombs in it--- I found this unnecessary. But the story is beautiful and inspiring. It's very real and it brings to light how it is for women in some parts the of the world which Westerners can't begin to imagine. It's awesome seeing the culture of the Nomads in Somalia --the good and the bad. Hopefully one day women's lives there will be better and the female genital mutilation will end. Waris is very brave telling her story and all that she endured, how she survived and became a super model too. It's a beautiful story and I enjoyed it very much.
1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Eye opening!! 15 août 2016
Par Cindy Josephson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Words cannot express the sadness of this story!! But they can express the power and bold resolve in Waris to tell her story in spite of the danger associated! Women have suffered unimaginable horrors at the hands of an ignorant and selfish practice which must be named and dealt with to end this horrible abuse!
My thanks to her for the strength to move thru her own shame and grief toward empowerment for the sake of her sisters throughout the world!
A phenomenal read!!!
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