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A wonderful thought-provoking read
on 26 August 2009
Wendy Wallace has crafted a beutifully written book about Leila Aziz, a remarkable Sudanese woman brought up in the tough environment of Sudan in the 1970s and 1980s as a social outcast.
The book never descends into the mawkish "miserable childhood" genre. Certainly some of Leila's experiences are harrowing, but they are seen through the eyes of a girl for whom normality is tough and who simply yearns to be treated with respect and kindness. Wallace never imposes her own views on her subject and captures a genuine rarely heard voice of an ordinary woman of Sudan, propelled into extraordinary measures in her struggle to lead a normal life.
It is ultimately an optimistic book, which has something to say about quiet determination, chipping away at an apparently insurmountable problem until it starts to crumble. It reminded me of a song called Millwork which has lyrics that say: "It goes like it goes, like the river flows, and time just rolls right on. And maybe what's good gets a little bit better and maybe what's bad gets gone."
Bravo to Leila for her courage and patience and to Wendy Wallace for her talent to bring Leila's story to life.