Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Buy Used
$6.31
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Bright Clean Tight + nearly as new! Address label inside front cover. Cover corner tips are slightly worn. Light scratch on back cover near bottom edge.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Desert Children Paperback – November 1, 2005

3.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

See all 5 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback, November 1, 2005
$13.95 $0.01

Top 20 lists in Books
Top 20 lists in Books
View the top 20 best sellers of all time, the most reviewed books of all time and some of our editors' favorite picks. Learn more
click to open popover

Editorial Reviews

Review

“A hard–hitting message about a brutal practice.” -- Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Waris Dirie is an internationally renowned model and was the face of Revlon skin-care products. In 1997 she was appointed by the UN as special ambassador against FGM. She lives in Vienna with her son.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 237 pages
  • Publisher: Virago UK (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844082520
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844082520
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,988,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By Pharoah S. Wail VINE VOICE on June 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
An essential read awaits you between the covers of this book.

I don't agree with the book description snippet in the official section of this page. The "Here, then, are the voices of women who have felt emboldened by Waris Dirie's courage." is innacurate. It could make one think this is a collection of happy endings. There's no "Mission Accomplished!" self-congratulatory tone here. This book is about Miss Dirie finding out the world of FGM (female genital mutilation) is much larger than she realized. Thus I also found out it's much larger than I realized. It's not just a "wow I didn't know that" type of book, though. It's not suitable to only think about it and say to oneself "those poor women". Solutions and answers are sought.

That's how this book should be viewed. It's a call to action. You'll cry. You'll gasp. You'll slam your fist on the table. It's about learning to ask the right questions so the solutions may be attained. If after (or before) reading this type of book you want an autobiography... a way to envision FGM within the life of a specific woman, I recommend "Slave" by Mende Nazer. It's also an essential read if you want to try to understand what is (and has been for decades) happening in Sudan. Slave is devastating but it also shows the beauty of which humans are capable. It's one of the best, most important autobiographies ever.

I think the research that went into Desert Children, and the writing of the book itself, was the most emotionally difficult for Miss Dirie of the 3 she's written so far. You don't have to have any sort of serious background study of FGM for you to be moved, angered and inspired by this book. It will work equally well as an introduction as it will your 10th book on the topic.
Read more ›
2 Comments 32 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I always enjoy reading about life in other cultures and this book was great in that respect. It also helped educate me on the horrors of FGM. The book was easy to read and short.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
After reading Waris's first book, this was a little monotonous by comparison. Incredibly important topic.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The product was received more than two weeks after the scheduled date. By the time i received it, i no longer needed it. I could not reject and would have to pay to ship it back plus a restocking fee. Not reliable
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?