Customer Review

5.0 out of 5 stars Wow..., 18 Jan 2013
By 
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Diary of a Lost Girl: The Autobiography of Kola Boof (Kindle Edition)
Before I start this review, let me say I am a white female, well into my fifth decade and despite some rough times in my early adult years and a slightly rocky patch more recently, I have had on balance what can only be considered a priviledged life.

By all comparisons, Kola Boof has experienced far greater privations than most of us can imagine. And yet she is not a victim - she is overwhelmingly a surviver, and is determined that her beloved Sudan will also survive. She also desperately wants to raise the worth of black people - especially women - in global society.

This book is far more than an autobiography of one woman's struggles. It tells the story of the plight of a nation and the potential dilution of black African genetics and culture by political design, to the point of eradication. It is a book full of great insight and Ms Boof isn't affraid to offend, if it means getting her point across. She is brave and bold in her tackling of a subject many would fear to even begin to broach.

And all that in the face of public denial of her very existance, with the irony of the acceptance of her existance only begin admitted, when a fatwah was put on her. Kola says she is not a strong woman, maybe not, but she is tenatious, bold and despite all that has happened to her, she has never allowed herself to be a victim, maintaining a very solid sense of self and of belonging to her Sudanese origins and ancestors.

One cannot help but be moved by her instructions to her sons at the end of this book and admire how she voices her objections to manmade religions - i.e. made by men, the male of the species - which greatly devalue the female. The 'Scrapbooks' at the end of the book are also interesting and give a little more insight into who Kola Boof is.

This book is powerful and gives plenty of food for thought here. It's gone straight into my 'To Re-read' collection on my Kindle. It is a shame in some ways, that it is the Bin Laden connection that brings many to read this book - myself included - but this is definitely a book everyone should read, so I guess it doesn't matter what brings you to read it, as long as you do.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

4.6 out of 5 stars (5 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (4)
4 star:    (0)
3 star:
 (1)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
£5.99
Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Location: Somerset, UK

Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,911