The Story of A Somali Girl

Book - 1994
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This is the extraordinary first-person account of a young woman's coming of age in Somalia and her struggles against the obligations and strictures of family and society.  By the time she is nine, Aman has undergone a ritual circumcision ceremony; at eleven, her innocent romance with a white boy leads to a murder; at thirteen she is given away in an arranged marriage to a stranger.  Aman eventually runs away to Mogadishu, where her beauty and rebellious spirit leads her to the decadent demimonde of white colonialists.  Hers is a world in which women are both chattel and freewheeling entrepreneurs, subject to the caprices of male relatives, yet keenly aware of the loopholes that lead to freedom.  Amanis an astonishing history, opening a window onto traditional Somali life and the universal quest for female self-awareness.  
Publisher: Toronto : Knopf Canada, 1994
Edition: 1st Canadian ed. --
ISBN: 9780394280370
Branch Call Number: 305.4092 Aman 05ad 01
Characteristics: xiii, 349 p. :,map
Additional Contributors: Boddy, Janice 1951-
Barnes, Virginia Lee


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Oct 12, 2019

This book is a story of a somali girl Aman and it details her life and struggles. This book is very interesting and gives you insight on the experiences that she went through. I give this book a 4 out of 5 because although I did like the story there were some parts of the story that I thought was unfair to aman and the fact that it seemed fair to others it wasn't. I admire aman for her strength and how she was able to overcome her hardships. Overall this book is very well written and I learned a lot about aman.
@nae1227221 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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