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Poor language and truly disappointing
on 28 November 2009
The language was really poor and something that annoyed me throughout the book, even though I'm not a native speaker myself. The author went into many subjects she clearly didn't master at all, making false statements such as " the arabs decend from Africa". The book is very judgemental and take advantage of many people's lack of knowledge of other cultures and countries. The book is way to generalizing. Instead of telling her story, true or not doesn't really matter since it had the potential to be more or less true, the author make an awful lot of generalizations. It doesn't feel very genuine and many things does not really add up. How could Zana's mother let her go to Yemen with some strangers, when the father a couple of years earlier had taken Zana's older sibilings to Yemen and never let them return to the UK? Somehow the whole story doesn't make sense. In combination with the poor language, this book is definately not worth spending time on.