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Married By Force [Paperback]

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8 Jun 2006
A devastating first-hand testimony exposing the cruel and widespread practice of forced marriage: 'I was twenty years old and dreamed of marrying for love.' Leila was born and brought up in France by Moroccan-born parents. But her romantic dreams were shattered when she was forced by her father to marry a man she'd never met, fifteen years older than her, and whose language she couldn't understand. The husband she didn't love beat her regularly in an attempt to force her into submission. But, with extraordinary courage, Leila fought back against the weight of family tradition to regain her liberty and dignity; and though it put her life in danger, she left her husband and later divorced him.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Portrait; Reprint edition (8 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749951125
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749951122
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 999,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'An excellent read, relaying the feelings and experiences of the author in a moving manner' Western Daily Press" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Leila is now 29 years old, and lives with her young son in Paris. She speaks out frequently in the media against the evils of forced marriage; but still prefers not to reveal her surname. The book was first published in France, where it caused a storm of controversy.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! 1 Feb 2008
I couldnt put this down - a recommendation in itself - my house is littered with the corpses of books which didnt get finished.
Leila's re-telling of her childhood in France - being brought up in a western culture but having to live by a very strict code of rules imposed by her family, not being able to have friends, never being able to even go out and have the freedoms that most western children take for granted- realy made me feel suffocated and uncomfortable. The treatments meted out to her for her so-called rebellion were harsh and yet they never quite broke her spirit. I was horrified when she was forced into marriage by her parents who were more concerned about the honour of the family rather than their daughters happiness. I am sure they loved her in their own way, but it is clear that through their actions, she cannot have felt loved at all, but desperately unhappy and misunderstood. It is a testament to her strong spirit that she finally overcame it all.

I would recommend this book to anyone:)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thought provoking read 24 Nov 2006
I enjoyed the book for it's honesty, for being able to reach into the heart of very deep rooted cultural differences. It is the brave telling of a matter that has been unspoken about for too long. It leaves one wishing to know the author and more about her but due to the heart rendering account of what she suffered, she has remained anonymous.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant & thought provoking 19 Feb 2008
By Chelli
I found this captivating biography of a French born Moroccan girl and her constant struggle to survive the culture gap very difficult to put down. The book really helped me to understand the difficulties facing second generation Muslim immigrants whose parents stubbornly enforce their traditional customs at no matter what cost to their children. Leila explains her feelings very clearly throughout the book and you can't help but empathise with her for the problems she faces, and also the millions of other girls like her throughout the world who are facing the same difficulties.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tale of a Survivor 4 Jun 2012
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I purchased this book as recommended during my Domestic Violence training and I must say it is an excellent read about a young lady who was born to survive. Leila takes you through the journey of her young life and what you read is sometimes just unimaginable but! knowing your reading about a real life opens your eyes to what happens in other cultures and religions.A great read for anyone although....dont be surprised if you are unable to put it down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book... 29 July 2009
This was an excellent book written by Leila. I have given it 4 starts because I felt the beginning of the book was not written very well. At times it felt like I was reading a story written by a young child and I sort of lost interest about a third of the way through.
The story picks up when Leila runs away to go and live with a female friend she met on holiday.
I would still recommend this book to everyone and I think it was money worth spending :-)
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