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I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced | [Nujood Ali]

I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced

Forced by her father to marry a man three times her age, young Nujood Ali was sent away from her parents and beloved sisters and made to live with her husband and his family in an isolated village in rural Yemen. There she suffered daily from physical and emotional abuse by her mother-in-law and nightly at the rough hands of her spouse. Flouting his oath to wait to have sexual relations with Nujood until she was no longer a child, he took her virginity on their wedding night.
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Forced by her father to marry a man three times her age, young Nujood Ali was sent away from her parents and beloved sisters and made to live with her husband and his family in an isolated village in rural Yemen. There she suffered daily from physical and emotional abuse by her mother-in-law and nightly at the rough hands of her spouse. Flouting his oath to wait to have sexual relations with Nujood until she was no longer a child, he took her virginity on their wedding night. She was only 10 years old.

Unable to endure the pain and distress any longer, Nujood fled, not for home, but to the courthouse of the capital, paying for a taxi ride with a few precious coins of bread money. When a renowned Yemeni lawyer heard about the young victim, she took on Nujood's case and fought the archaic system in a country where almost half the girls are married while still under the legal age. Since their unprecedented victory in April 2008, Nujood's courageous defiance of both Yemeni customs and her own family has attracted a storm of international attention. Her story even incited change in Yemen and other Middle Eastern countries, where underage marriage laws are being increasingly enforced and other child brides have been granted divorces.

Recently honored alongside Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice as one of Glamour magazine's women of the year, Nujood now tells her full story for the first time. As she guides us from the magical, fragrant streets of the Old City of Sanaa to the cement-block slums and rural villages of this ancient land, her unflinching look at an injustice suffered by all too many girls around the world is at once shocking, inspiring, and utterly unforgettable.

©2010 Nujood Ali (P)2010 Random House

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    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 11-11-10
    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 11-11-10 Member Since 2008

    College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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    "Three stars"

    An obviously disturbing story told in the usual matter of fact fashion with which these books are usually rendered. It does wander off into familial and cultural tangents a lot for a book so short. A distressing through not overly engaging tale.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lesli G. Sebastian At home 09-01-10
    Lesli G. Sebastian At home 09-01-10 Member Since 2005

    Cranky reader

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    Although there are some things I would have elaborated on, this book is amazing. For someone of her talents she needs to continue to prod the world to see things through her eyes.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anja Schmidt Denmark 10-27-12
    Anja Schmidt Denmark 10-27-12 Member Since 2006

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    "Fantastic story"
    What did you love best about I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced?

    The fantastic story of this little girl and her courage.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced?

    The first evening in her new housbands family.


    What does Meera Simhan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Everything. Her voice could not be more right for this book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definately.


    Any additional comments?

    I love all kinds of biografies and autobiografies and this was definately no disappointment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Bloomfield, NJ, United States 07-19-11
    Michelle Bloomfield, NJ, United States 07-19-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Outraged & heartbroken"

    It's no surprise that such a disguesting practice is being done as often as does the simple act of sleep and wake. But to hear first hand how the males view women like cattle and how the women not only have learned to conform for their own protection and sanity, but some have even grown to encourage such behavoirs. This story of the trials of a ten year old little girl who was forced into voilence and sickness is heartbreaking yet uplifting. A true underdog story that although is often gutrenching must be told & read. I pray for you little brave Nujood.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Aubrey Norco, CA, United States 05-22-11
    Aubrey Norco, CA, United States 05-22-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Short but worth it"

    For just a few hours I was wondering how this would be. But I listened to it in one streght. I was shocking and eye opening. Some of your money goes to help support this young lady in this purchase, plus you get a audio book. I learned something new, got an audio and helped support Nujood. It was worth the few dollars for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Takumi Anchorage, United States Minor Outlying Islands 11-06-13
    Takumi Anchorage, United States Minor Outlying Islands 11-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing girl"
    What made the experience of listening to I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced the most enjoyable?

    I got goosebumps all over me during the part when her divorce was granted in the court. Maybe goosebumps of being overjoyed for the girl? :)


    What did you like best about this story?

    all of it


    Which character – as performed by Meera Simhan – was your favorite?

    Of course being Nujood


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    almost cried?


    Any additional comments?

    Perfect - inspiring

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    Dayle Hoover, Al, United States 03-13-13
    Dayle Hoover, Al, United States 03-13-13 Member Since 2007
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    "shockingly moving"
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    Told in her voice, this is a moving account of the bravery of a lone girl, in the face of poverty and violence. Most of us cannot imagine the events of this sweet girls life unfolding within this story. I definately plan to follow her life as best as I can. Amazing. A must 'listen' to for all.

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    DS NH 02-19-13
    DS NH 02-19-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "LIFE IS HARD"

    However, life is harder in some parts of the world than others. When local tribal customs advise men to marry 9 year old girls.... something is wrong with that culture. Yemen isn't the only country in that region to marry off pre-pubescent girls and, clearly, there are educated people in the capital who are trying to change this.

    Nujood is a child with a lot of courage and her story was a good window into the culture and living conditions in her country.

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    Lindsay Groveland, FL, United States 12-07-12
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    "Incredible tale of courage"
    If you could sum up I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced in three words, what would they be?

    There is hope.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Nujood's courage and determination. I used this book as a companion to the text in an Intensive Reading course I teach and the voice helped keep the students engaged and interested. The story exposes one of the greatest middle eastern tragedies: the injustice and inequity for girls and women. Nujood's hope through the most horrifying circumstances encourages listeners to persevere.


    What about Meera Simhan’s performance did you like?

    You could actually hear Nujood through her voice.


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    fanny New Westminster, BC, Canada 05-15-12
    fanny New Westminster, BC, Canada 05-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Glad i "read" this book"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced?

    What is memorable to me from reading this book is that this horrible "tradition" is at all acceptable. It is a tragedy.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Im glad this book is a choice for elementary students to read. We all need to be educated on this very important subject and try to make changes.

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    An amazing true story told by a little girl who had to grow up too fast. She found the inner strength to fight against an impossible situation and she dared to break away from the rules that bound her. A very brave young lady who we could all learn so much from.

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