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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 November 2013
The most beautiful story I've ever read. I don't usually write reviews however I just felt that I wanted to say to anybody contemplating whether to purchase this book - DO NOT HESITATE. I had a little cry at the end and am having one of those "why did I ever worry over anything in my whole entire life?!" moments.

Mende is a truly inspirational woman and has opened my eyes and for that I thank her.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 15 July 2005
This book was recommended to me by my best friend, who i borrowed it off. As soon as i began to read it i was hooked, the way it is written is truly captivating and makes it impossible to put it down.
Although certain parts of the book are quite disturbing you are forced to read on by the emotion in the way it's told. It disgusts me that these events took place in the 1990's as the brutality and superiority shown by the arab slave owners is barbaric and not at all how you would expect someone to treat another human being in this day and age.
This book gives a wonderful insight into a different culture shown through the eyes of a young sudanese girl whose childhood is savagely stolen from her. Follow her story as she travels from her tribal home in the Nuba mountains to London where she eventually makes a daring escape more than ten years after the raid on her village when she was captured and enslaved. I would recommend this book to everyone.
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on 2 May 2004
You will not be able to put this one down. Mende at twelve was a middle class Sudanese village girl. Kidnapped in a raid by armed Arab slavers, sold to an Arab woman in Khartoum, and then to an Arab family in London, she was tortured, not paid and had no days off - ever. She escaped and was refused asylum because the Home Office said the Sudan was safe.In defence of the Government, we probably need one-legged Romanian tilers more urgently, so that's alright then.
The hated Civil Liberties industry took her case and won, so now she really is safe. The happy ending will not leave you feeling very comfortable, though. Even John Prescott cannot build houses for all the world's persecuted, so they cannot all come here. We, however,can give a quid or more next time the refugee collection tin rattles, can't we? Please.
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on 17 July 2011
Here Mende Nazer tells her story and tells it well.
This book serves as a reminder that slavery still exists and opened my eyes to the nuba people and the war in Sudan.
Mende's memoire documents her own traumatic and the de-humanising experiences of being taken from her family and sold off into the slave trade and sends a clear message that mende nazar's voice will be heard. She will no longer be dehumanized or silenced.
This is a very personal story, told with much warmth, humour and compassion by a woman of great strengh and spirit which will hopefully raise awarness on the wider issues of people trafficking, slavery, the difficulties of war and the inequality in the world today.
I highly recommend you read this book and encourage your friends and family to do the same.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 October 2013
This book was fabulous and gave me a real insight for how bad Slavery really is. This book explains everything wonderfully and makes the reader understand and I'm only 13 years old. I can't wait to read 'Freedom'.
I absolutely loved it!
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on 29 April 2010
I read Mende Nazer and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It was very moving and also sad. Mende is definitely an inspiration to us all. Mende led a basic Sudan lifestyle near the Nuba Mountains and enjoyed a "joyful childhood" with her family, but was captured by Arabs at the age of about 12 in her native village. Mende arrived in Khatoum where she was sold to an Arab family and her life for the next 8 years unfurls until at the age of 20. She arrives in London to work for another Arab family without days off or pay. Mende never gave up hope and prayed regularly for her liberty, her courageousness and tenacity allowed her escape about 2 years after arriving in London.

This book is intriguing and will keep you focus at all times - well worth a read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 January 2014
I bought this book first as a sample then the whole thing. It was extremely touching and honest and gave me understanding into a world I knew little about.
I will most certainly be getting the next book Freedom to see how Mende gets on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 May 2014
Arrived so quickly, next day, and it was on a Sunday as well! Thanks Amazon Prime! I watched the movie and that's what prompted me to buy the book. I don't get much time to read so I'm only a few pages into the book, but so far so good!
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on 8 April 2011
Slave is a book I believe everyone should read.
The story of Mende awakened my appreciation of what I've got and made me realise how naive i'd been taking for granted all the prosperity and freedom readily available to me and assuming it being the case for all people in the world.
Although little can I help to improve the whole situation in Sudan, recognition of the existence of the problem is the first step to try and seek for a proper solution to it. That's why I recommend that more people read this book, so that we can at least open our eyes to the existing problem of slavery still going on as of now today in 2011.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 January 2014
I had borrowed this book and then gave it to someone else. the owner asked for it back. Help. Amazon to the rescue. 2 days later I handed the owner this book and only confessed later.
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