- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Interlink Pub Group Inc (September 30, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1566567351
- ISBN-13: 978-1566567350
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #746,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Disfigured: A Saudi Woman's Story of Triumph over Violence Paperback – September 30, 2008
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"I don't feel like I'm a hero... I feel that no woman should be a victim... in any way. A woman should have the ability to choose her own destiny." -- Rania al-Baz
About the Author
Rania al-Baz had become one of the best known and best loved faces in her home country of Saudi Arabia. She was the presenter of a program called The Kingdom this Morning on state-owned television. She lives in Saudi Arabia. Catherine Spencer works as a French translator and specializes in nonfiction about the Arab world. She lives in Marrakesh, Morocco.
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Following rebellious teen years and a divorce, Rania Al-Baz becomes the newscaster on Channel 1 News. Wearing only a headscarf, she becomes the darling and pride of her nation; many suitors follow. One suitor in particular, an African singer, Rachid catches Rania’s attention. In spite of her parents’ opposition, following a whirlwind romance, the author marries Rashid. Not long after, she realizes her mistake.
The memoir is well written and reads quickly.
It seems that many men have no respect for women in their culture. They apparently turn ugly in the flash of a minute. They are con artist of the highest order. Even in marriage they are scheming and planning ways to manipulate their wife only to satisfy their own needs. They take the freedom to come and go from home without any explanation of their whereabouts.
The only way I could finish the book was knowing that the woman had survived. I do know that she was strong, and with the help of a fellow woman prisoner was able to save her own life.