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Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though she is desperately poor, her life is full of simple pleasures, like playing hopscotch with her best friend from school and having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all that remains of the family's crops, Lakshmi's stepfather says she must leave home and take a job to support her family. He introduces her to a glamorous stranger who tells her she will find her a job as a maid in the city. Glad to be able to help, Lakshmi journeys to India and arrives at "Happiness House" full of hope. But she soon learns the unthinkable truth: she has been sold into prostitution.
An old woman named Mumtaz rules the brothel with cruelty and cunning. She tells Lakshmi that she is trapped there until she can pay off her family's debt - then cheats Lakshmi of her meager earnings so that she can never leave. Lakshmi's life becomes a nightmare from which she cannot escape. Still, she lives by her mother's words - simply to endure is to triumph - and gradually, she forms friendships with the other girls that enable her to survive in this terrifying new world. Then the day comes when she must make a decision - will she risk everything for a chance to reclaim her life?
Written in spare and evocative vignettes, this powerful novel renders a world that is as unimaginable as it is real, and a girl who not only survives but triumphs.
©2006 Patricia McCormick (P)2012 Tantor
"Hard-hitting...poignant. The author beautifully balances the harshness of brothel life with the poignant relationships among its residents." (Publishers Weekly Starred Review)
I read a lot but seldom review a book because for the most part they are just entertainment,
A thing you pick up for a few hours and forget in a couple of days. You will not forget this book. If you think this tale could only happen in a foreign country you are wrong. Human trafficking is happing in our country. It is not on the scale you would find in a third world country but it exist. I wish I could honestly say I have always spoken up when I saw a wrong committed. I only know that going forward I will try harder.
um not so sure but it could be interesting to explore it.
Interesting: desire to survive, desire to win. Least interesting: constant whining, the Americans who are always there to save the world apparently from itself.
When she was crossing the border and the guy asked her to call him husband. She referred to him since then as uncle-husband.
I guess so since the Americans are heroes and saviours.
What I didn't get is why one of the American was set to save this one girl that he happened to be alone with and completely forgot about the other girls. The ending could have been better. It made absolutely no sense to me.
I don't read a lot of Young Adult books and when I do I like to read contemporary YA. Sold was a lot heavier than I was expecting mainly it caught my attention many years ago and I forgot what it was about. Because of the heavy topic I won't call this an enjoyable listening experience, instead I will call it memorable. I don't think I will be forgetting Sold and it's main character, Lakshmi, anytime soon.
The narrator, Justine Eyre, brought Lakshmi's voice alive and at time I forgot that I was listening to a grown woman read me a story instead of a young girl telling me her experience. Eyre has a real talent with voices and accents and coupled with the story they went together perfectly.
Overall Recommendation: Read
While I liked Sold and the audiobook version. I think it is a story better read then listened too. The subject matter is just too deep and at times I wish I could stop the audio and take it back up later like a book. It's harder to do that with audiobooks because it's harder to judge natural breaks in the story. I will say that the audiobook worked nicely with the vignette style of the book.
Sometimes it is hard to hear and learn that there are people who would treat other human beings in this way.
Well written story.
This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened too, albeit one of the most difficult to stomach. Lakshmi's story is fictional, but is also a representative for the thousands of girls who get trafficked each year. The books is written from the perspective of a 13-year-old Nepalese girl, and the language and narration reflect this. It makes for a very powerful story.
Justine Eyre does an excellent job bringing Lakshmi to life. It is read with a Nepali accent, which would not have translated had I read the book.
Yes. It is only about 2 hrs and 45 minutes. I listened to it on a 3-hour road trip.
This is one of the rare audio books that I would listen to again. Beautiful, simple, poetic prose, a compelling story and perfect narration.
The early scenes of the simple joys of a young girl in spite of her hard life in Napal.
I thought her accented interpretation was excellent. Hearing the first-person narrative read in an Indian voice added to the story's authenticity.
The entire story has a tremendous emotional impact. It is heartbreaking to know that this story could be what thousands of young girls have endured.
All I could think the entire time was that this is the sadist story I have ever listened to. It is tragic to realize that this actually happens to young girls.
Lakshmi is so very engaging that you have to attach to her and hope for her escape.
The narrator's voice brings Lakshmi to life. You feel as if she is really telling her story. You feel her ever emotion.
The book is simple and to the point. It moves quickly. It is so descriptive that as the listener you can envision everything she talks about in very few words.
An innocent Nepali girl, 13, lives with her family in a village far enough away from cities that she has never been to a city. She wants to go to "the city" to work as a housemaid, so when her stepfather sends her off with a woman, she believes she is going off to do housework. She's horrified to learn that she has been sold by her stepfather and is now part of the sex trade in India. It's a very sad tale, and although fictionalized it seems likely that this happens to many impoverished young girls.
Sold ranks amoung one of my favorite audible books!
Lakshmi the main charachter was definitely my favorite. She was naive but also had great wisdom. I loved her ability to do what she needed to do to protect herself.
I have not listened to any other of Justine Eyer's erformances but would deffinitely seek them out after having listened to this one. She was wonderful, and so believeable as a young girl.
The end when Lakshmi ran down to the American and identified herself.
I loved this audible book, I'll listen again, and again.
... But its basically exactly what you would expect from the story with no risks taken or captivating language or style.
Not to say I wanted anything exciting or unusual to happen, but it was basically a plain and generic telling of what happens to one of these poor and unfortunate girls.
That said, it was worth the listen.
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