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Mayada, Daughter of Iraq: One Woman's Survival Under Saddam Hussein Kindle Edition
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- Publication date : September 7, 2004
- File size : 2440 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 317 pages
- Publisher : Berkley; Reprint edition (September 7, 2004)
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B002HFJ6WO
- Best Sellers Rank: #159,884 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The outstanding feature of this book is how Sasson deftly explains Mayada's own journey culminating in her own imprisonment and fortunate escape from the hellish prison. There were times when I just could not read anymore of the sad, terrible accounts of how prisoners were mistreated; I had to read something else for relief. There should be a special place in Hell for those guards. However, I always returned to read more, I was hooked; I wanted to find out how this saga ended.
Mayada has great insight into the personality of Saddam Hussein and Chemical Ali; her accounts of their cruelty, paranoia, and warped view of life makes the book believable. The detail provided enhances the reading experience. So, a well written account of one woman's journey to hell and back that just misses a five-star rating.
I wonder what happened to the dear women that Mayada was unable to find out about who shared a prison cell with her. This story is heart breaking but it is something that people should be informed about, like the holocaust.
The book was well written and I assume a good interpretation by Jean Sassoon of what Mayada told her. I hope and pray Iraq improves rather than falling back into the dismal past with some other horrible dictator.
Jean Sassoon's books are hard to put down. I have enjoyed reading all of them as well as learning about what it is like to be a woman in these Muslim countries.
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important contribution to bringing more women's voices to the forefront of recent history. As Mayada's much-loved grandfather summed-up: 'history never sleeps...' The tragedy for Iraq is that while Saddam and Chemical Ali and Uday Hussein may all be dead, their tried-and-tested regime of terror lives on unabated.
In this book you do not only learn about the protagonist's life story, but you learn stories about former Iraq government officials - both noblemen and corrupt, despicable men - as well as the sad, unfair stories of the brave women who shared her prison cell.
The book is very well written and you will find yourself submerged in its fascinating descriptions of events that make characters come to life. The book was also an eye-opening account of the dreadful events that Iraqis suffered though Saddam's regime.
My only wish for this book would be to know if the protagonist was ever able to know the whereabouts of any of the women in cell 52. I really hope they were able to find freedom and be reunited with their family again.