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Married By Force Paperback – 3 May 2007
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"'An excellent read, relaying the feelings and experiences of the author in a moving manner' Western Daily Press"
About the Author
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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Leila is a Moroccan girl who lives with her big family in France. Despite that , she is unable to enjoy the basic freedoms-like meeting her friends outside of school or, later on, choosing her spouse. All this is justified with the religion and culture, it serves as an excuse to abuses that Leila goes through!!!Her numerous attempts talking to her parents, escaping her situations or contacting to authorities fail. It is even more painful to read because the story is told without sophisticated language that many authors have--it is rather a story that one girlfriend would tell another. Definitely recommend this books to teenage girls!
It is important to read this book in order to understand that abuse takes place around you. Yes, this is a Muslim family but it is our responsibility as a society to help young women to understand that what they experience is NOT OK and also to encourage them to make changes
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:)
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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