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Waris Dirie ran away from her oppressive life in the African desert when she was barely in her teens, illiterate and impoverished, with nothing to her name but a tattered shawl. She traveled alone across the dangerous Somali desert to Mogadishu—the first leg of a remarkable journey that would take her to London, where she worked as a house servant; then to nearly every corWaris Dirie ran away from her oppressive life in the African desert when she was barely in her teens, illiterate and impoverished, with nothing to her name but a tattered shawl. She traveled alone across the dangerous Somali desert to Mogadishu—the first leg of a remarkable journey that would take her to London, where she worked as a house servant; then to nearly every corner of the globe as an internationally renowned fashion model; and ultimately to New York City, where she became a human rights ambassador for the U.N. Desert Flower is her extraordinary story....

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Desert Flower Reviews

  • Julia Miller
    2019-01-24 23:04

    Wow this book left me speechless. It leaves this lump in my throat and is at the same time very inspiring. With her story Waris Dirie brings awareness to the terrible tradition of female genital mutilation in Africa. Makes me feel so blessed to be living in a country where I an live a self-determined life.

  • Libby
    2019-01-22 15:44

    There are three reasons why I chose to pursue "Desert Flower" by Waris Dirie. Her book showed up as a GoodReads recommendation with a summary about the author overcoming tremendous odds in Africa; I delved into the book and realized that I recognized the author to be an international super model; and, once I started reading the book, its contents were so compelling that the text was difficult to set aside for even a little bit of time."Desert Flower" is an autobiographical account of how Waris Dirie survived female genital mutilation (FGM) and many rape attempts, escaped the life plans her family had for her in Africa, created a completely new future for herself, and became an icon for helping other females whose lives started with a parallel path to that of her.I was in pure awe of this woman's life experiences and how she conveyed them. Several times my jaw dropped, leaving my mouth open for a while as my eyes felt like they were doubling in size due to sheer astonishment, shock, horror, lack of understanding that I felt while reading Waris' accounts. Dirie gave an account of how she developed scarred feet and how she was repeatedly questioned about them. She indicated that marks and other facets on your body equated to your history. Everyone had a story to tell...some with more significant demarcations than others. Her story incorporated the lives of many women in varying circumstances and in a number of countries; but, ultimately, it came back to their plight(s): a life of suffering physically, intellectually and emotionally. Decisions were made for them and there was a double standard that became a life-long burden. This book educated the reader about the concept of "ritual of ignorance" (pg. 213); one example was female genital mutilation. Many believe that FGM was a religious practice specified in the Koran and/or the Bible; but, the reality was that the behavior was demanded by its men who view women as their property. The author expressed her pride in being a product of Africa and lamented that outsiders did not understand true nature and kinship. She did not want the reader to confuse the author's humanitarian work and desire to end FGM with not being proud of her heritage; she considered it a separate mental model.Waris Dirie was offered, and accepted the position of, Special Ambassador to the United Nations Population Fund, to join the fight to stop female genital mutilation (FGM), a practice that, due to immigration, has spread vastly beyond the confines of Africa's borders. It has achieved international reach. Her goal was to strive to stop females from having to endure her early life experiences. The reader could not help but want to be a part of the author's fight. Waris Dirie's book was an outstanding read and easily earned its five-star rating.

  • Sharon
    2019-02-01 16:06

    brilliant book, I could not put it down once I started reading it.I read it within 24 hours, and found myself mesmerised by this womans story, and how she overcame obstacles that most of us wouldn't dream of, to get to where she is today.Without going into too much detail, she managed to convey the horror and trauma of being subjected to female genital circumcision, a practise that causes more problems, than it prevents, and convinces you, that as a woman, we have a duty, irregardless of where we come from in the world, we should all raise our voices and try have this horrific practise stopped, before more young girls are subjected to it, and potentially die.The fact that it is growing, not declining is awful, and that the practise is spreading due to those faiths and nationalitys that carry this practise out are emigrating to other lands, is a revolting thought.I would definatly recommend this book as a great read. Get it asap and read I say.

  • Ivana
    2019-01-24 20:02

    In my opinion this is a tremendously important book. It is not just a wonderful memoir and a tale of amazing bravery of Waris Dirie, but also an detail account of FGM from the perspective of a victim. The reason why I picked up this book was mainly because I wanted to learn something more about FGM. I did learn something more, the kind of information that is personal not just theoretical. In addition, Waris does not only tell her story. She tells the story of other women she had known that have suffered and in some cases had died because of FGM. Reading about FGM from Waris' experience( as a personal account of someone who had been subjected to it) was emotionally difficult yet I think to understand even a glimpse of what these women go to it is necessary to hear the story as they tell it.What I didn't know before reading this book is that the practice of FGM is actually increasing not decreasing as immigrant are taking this terrible custom with them into the western world. To be honest, I'm sometimes frustrated by the feminist associations because to me they seem to worry about such insignificant things. Personally I don't care would someone call me signorina or signora, miss or mrs, madam or mademoiselle .There are more important problems that women worldwide are facing ! FGM is a burning issue and it deserves even more attention. There is so much violence that happens to women in the name of religion and tradition. However, in my view the practice of FGM is by far the worst thing. There are probably more victims of FGM than of wars in some areas- and the victims are mostly little girls. Unfortunately, things like this often go unnoticed. It seems to me that when people say that they don't want to interfere with somebody's religious liberties, they mean that they don't care enough to do something about the victims of specific 'religious liberties'. (What is the big thing about religion liberty anyway? Why does religious liberty often include hurting someone else? Shouldn't the goal of religion be aspiring to a personal relationship with God? Well, it's not the goal of religion- from what I see the purpose of religion is to organize people who believe in the same things so they could feel cozy and secure surrounded by people who are just afraid to question things as they are...)While reading „The Desert Flower" I found myself immersed in Waris' honest and simple narrative of her life. Aside for being interested in Waris' life story I also found her personality fascinating. Waris is such a brave women, a wonderful example of what is best in a human spirit. Her reflections on special moments in her life as a nomad and as a supermodel were honest and often humorous. Waris is a survivor and I admire her greatly for having the courage to talk about all the things that she so openly talks about in this book, from the FGM to fashion industry. Despite all the hardship she had endured, Waris is so full of life and ready to make the most of every situation she finds herself in. She even has courage to be a mother and to find love. After all that she has gone through, she looks at a world without hate just with concern. Waris is prepared to risk being killed by some fundamentalist because of all the things she has to tell. The least that everyone can do is listen to what she has to say- read this book and hear her out. I found so many of her thoughts to be not just true but also important. Many of them have gone through my head at some point in my life. For instance, why do they always make Afican models wear so much white foundation? Waris describes at one point how she felt frustrated because she felt that they were trying to turn her into a twisted black version of Cindy Crawford. As far I can see it, this is a trend that it is not going away. I will never understand why they are putting so much white powder all those female African actresses, politicians, models, TV personalities etc...When I see all those beautiful faces looking unnatural because they are painted in white, it really makes me sad. What they could be implying? It cannot be good. From my perspective, it's just racism.I've read this book last night and I really enjoyed reading it. I even wouldn't mind if the book was longer. (There are sequels, right? I plan to read those.) Despite the fact that Waris talks about horrific things, this is one of the most uplifting books I have read because it really is a story of survival of an amazing woman.

  • Iva
    2019-02-05 19:01

    Potresna prica djevojke koja je prosla put od somalske nomatkinje i pastirice do supermodela i ambasadorice UN-a. Knjiga nakon koje sam zahvalna sto sam rodjena tu gdje jesam iako divim se na hrabrosti i ustrajnosti Waris, iako citsjuci knjigu dozivjela sam neku vrstu kulturoloskog šoka jer su mi nepojmljive odredjene prakse i nacin zivota u Somaliji i da se to dogadja u 20. i 21. stoljecu i nije fikcija nego stvarnost. Sto se samog stila pisanja tice imam dojam da je imala veliku pomoc nekog urednika ili sicno, ali to ne umanjuje velicinu i stvarnost ove knjige.Divim se Waris zbog hrabrosti, iskrenosti i zstrajnosti. Na kraju preporucujem istoimeni film prema knjizi.

  • Tonkica
    2019-02-18 19:48

    Odmah, da ne bi bilo zabune.. Žena je mrak! Svaka čast na svemu postignutom u životu! Trebao bi biti više takvih na svijetu.. Svima bi nam bilo ljepše..I hvala joj što me podsjetila gdje živim! Ponekad neke stvari stvarno shvaćamo zdravo za gotovo.A knjiga.. Hm.. Sada ima 13 godina, pa onda ima 5, pa ima oko 9, pa ima tri, pa ima 11 i onda je manekenka, pa nakon toga ima 9 godina i onda 13.. :P Na momente mi je išla na živce i nikako mi nije bila simpatična. Eto.. :-/

  • Nikoleta
    2019-02-04 17:00

    Όταν τελείωσα την ανάγνωση της συγκλονιστικής αληθινής ιστορίας της Waris Dirie, που μου πήρε μόνο μια ημέρα, καθώς δεν μπορούσα με τίποτα να το αφήσω από τα χέρια μου, σκεφτόμουν ξανά ότι σε πολλές περιοχές του κόσμου το φύλο μου υφίσταται εξευτελισμό και πνευματικά και σωματικά μαρτύρια, μόνο και μόνο επειδή είναι γένος θηλυκού. Ευχαριστούσα την μοίρα που με έφερε στην Ελλάδα και μεγάλωσα στην οικογένεια που μεγάλωσα συνειδητοποιώντας πόσο τυχερή είμαι. Το προτείνω!!

  • Irene Sim
    2019-02-18 21:55

    Για το Readathon-2017: 26/26Στην κατηγορία "Μια βιογραφία ή απομνημονεύματα"Γυναίκα συγγραφέας 23/14I have no words.

  • Mikey B.
    2019-02-13 19:53

    This is an autobiography of a very resilient and head-strong Somali woman who up and left her desert nomadic clan. She was to be betrothed, as a young teenage girl (birth dates were not recorded in her tribe), to a much older man. She was having none of that!She trekked solo to Mogadishu – and from there managed through relatives, to get a posting as a maid at the Somalia London embassy. Eventually she entered the world of high fashion modeling. Her Somalia narrative was intensely interesting, but her adaptation to the West I found less so – namely her climb in the fashion industry and her “marriage” to attain citizenship. I found this book in “full flight”; the author is on the move constantly, making the book suffer from a lack of contemplation. Let it also be said, for those critical of her lifestyle, that if she would not have departed Somalia, she would have been tending goats, been burdened with several children, likely would have been illiterate, and dominated by a much older man.The author does bring up a very significant subject – at the age of five or six – she suffered the abomination of female genital mutilation (FGM). She continues to suffer from this. Apparently FGM is Africa wide. Waris Dirie has made it her life cause to prevent and educate women not to undergo this procedure. She has participated as an ambassador to the U.N. to stop this practise. It is indeed commendable for her to publicize and become a spokeperson against this.

  • Sonya
    2019-02-10 21:07

    واریس دیری یک مدل بین الملی و سخنگوی حقوق زنان در آفریقا است که در دوازده سالگی مجبور به فرار از زندگی کوچ نشینی در سومالی شده است. در این کتاب سرگذشت و حوادث تلخ و شیرین زندگی او از زبان خودش نوشته شده است.مانند بیشتر دختران آفریقایی واریس دیری در سن پنج سالگی ختنه شده است و خاطره تلخ این اتفاق و پیامدهای آن در زندگی وی باعث شده است که بعد از رسیدن به شهرت و موفقیت برای آگاه سازی جهانیان از این سنت وحشتناک و بیرحمانه اقدام کند.قسمتی از کتاب:مشکلاتی که از زمان ختنه شدنم گریبانم را گرفته بود میلیونها زن و دختر را در سراسر دنیا دچار خود کرده بود. به خاطر سنتی که مبتنی بر نا آگاهی است. بیشتر زنان قاره آفریقا زندگی شان را با درد و رنج می گذرانند. چه کسی در صحرا به زنی مثل مادرم که نه پول دارد و نه قدرت کمک خواهد کرد؟ کسی باید به جای دختری که صدایی ندارد حرف بزند. خدا مرا وقتی از خانه فرار کردم از دست شیر در صحرا نجات داد و از آن لحظه به بعد احساس کردم که برای من نقشه ای دارد. دلیلی برای زنده نگه داشتنم. احساس می کنم سرنوشت من این است که به آنها کمک کنم.

  • Soniaibz
    2019-01-27 22:00

    Inevitablemente me recuerda a "La masai blanca" y no lo digo solo por ser la biografía de una mujer y que la temática sea africana, también porque está escrito de manera corriente, informal, con sus propias palabras. Muchas veces desarrollando poco y resumiendo mucho. Pero lo importante de este libro no es la calidad literaria sino la historia que cuenta. Es la biografía de una mujer somalí con mucha determinación, fuerte, con decisión y carácter, que no se ha dejado vencer por las adversidades y ha luchado para vivir una vida mejor. Nos cuenta su vida desde la infancia y sus experiencias personales más destacadas, entre ellas la ablación o mutilación genital femenina, práctica que denuncia en este libro y contra la que sigue luchando activamente.Me ha encantado leer "Flor del desierto" y conocer la historia de Waris Dirie. Me hubiera gustado que ciertas partes de su vida no estuvieran tan resumidas pero aún así lo he disfrutado, lo he devorado y me ha parecido muy interesante. Gracias a esta novela y a esta increíble mujer hoy existe una lucha contra esta práctica inhumana de mutilación a las mujeres africanas.

  • K
    2019-02-19 22:50

    There is a lot to admire about Waris Dirie and her story. Raised in a nomadic Somali family, apparently raped at age four and then mutilated in a female circumcision ritual at age five, Dirie bravely ran away from home at thirteen to avoid being married off to an old man. Dirie endured a great many trials and tribulations -- finding her way to Mogadishu and to her long-lost relatives, a string of unsuccessful living arrangements, working as a maid in London and then as kitchen help in McDonalds with minimal English language or literacy. Eventually, in an amazing rags-to-riches trajectory, Dirie embarks on a successful modeling career and then uses her success to speak out against female genital mutilation (FGM). It's a shocking story and it reads quickly despite the mediocre writing which detracted some. Unfortunately I just couldn't warm up to Dirie as a narrator. Some goodreaders perceived her as disingenuous, which is something that occurred to me as well although that may just be general memoir skepticism (thank you James Frey for stealing my innocence). I think the real problem was that I just didn't like Dirie. She's not someone I would ever want to meet or hang out with, although I do respect what she's been through and genuinely admire her triumph over adversity and her activism. Maybe it's cultural, or part of growing up in a tough world and having tough experiences, but Dirie seemed superficial, self-involved, and Machiavellian to me, using people when it suited her and discarding them when it didn't, falling out with family members without taking much responsibility for her own behavior, failing to respect people's wishes at times, etc. Plus I felt that some of her musings sadly lived up to negative stereotypes of models and modeling as superficial and vain. Dirie redeemed herself somewhat in my eyes with her commitment to activism, but I still felt I couldn't really connect with her.I thought Infidel, a memoir which covered similar ground, was a far superior book with a much more relatable and admirable narrator.

  • Viir
    2019-01-23 16:02

    I'm always excited when I read biographies, I'm always rooting and like "show them what you can", "oh shit, you are going to fight through this hun" and be so utterly proud of their achievements and their outlook on life. The same goes for this book. Waris Dirie is an admirable woman. She went through shit, and yeah her personality would clash with a lot of people (I probably couldn't handle her, I like quite people like myself) but she worked for everything she got and had her portion of luck she deserved. A girl from Somalia, fleeing by herself, conquering the world not only because of her looks but also because of her will and her unique character.In my copy of the book you can find two articles at the end of the actual book and let me tell you: it was more sad than the actual story. I was so happy for her, for finding love and success and having this voice against female genital mutilation. And the articles just opened this hole of misery and showed another side of her, the after effects of her life basically, that I hoped and till then believed she didn't have. I don't know what she is doing now but I hope life has been good to her and her family.The only reason why I take one star off is because of the narrative. She goes back and forth in time without actually explaining where we are now. She would talk about her life in London and suddenly we are back again in Mogadishu and learning more about it. Sometimes it was really irritating but on the other hand, it also makes sense: time means nothing for Waris Dirie.

  • Iset
    2019-01-22 19:59

    I picked up this book on pure chance, when it popped up as a recommendation. Since I’m interested in culture-clash and the African experience, I started reading it. Waris Dirie, who was an international model, came from the life of a desert nomad in Somalia. Fleeing in order to escape an arranged marriage to a much older man when she was just fourteen, Waris’ extraordinary flight across the desert leads first to the country’s capital of Mogadishu, and then to London, where she worked as a house servant for several years. Deciding to make something better of herself, Waris learns British ways and joins an agency as a model, but she still has obstacles to overcome in order to find work. Eventually Waris decides to speak up about what happened to her as a child; female genital mutilation, or FGM, an event that changed her life forever.This book was a mixed bag for me. Dirie’s anecdotes about her life in Somalia, her struggle to understand the Western world, and her experiences with FGM varied from mildly interesting to fascinating. There were some parts I could’ve done without, however – mainly when she describes tedious and trivial everyday life bits that just aren’t essential to the overall story. In addition, I would say that the prose was fairly unremarkable and pedestrian. So I would say read for the subject matter, not the quality of writing.6 out of 10

  • Neja
    2019-01-22 23:56

    Dirie's story really shocked me. I remember when I first heard for this book.. a teacher told us and I thought to myself...I have to read this book! I've read it two years ago. It's so heartbreaking knowing the world is so different in some places. Things, that really shouldn't happen to anyone, sadly DO happen.

  • Bita
    2019-01-30 16:56

    واريس ماهي سياه كوچولوي خودمونه كه از بركه ش زد بيرون و ....

  • LG
    2019-01-31 18:48

    Anne Russell wrote: “This is an easy read that gives one insight into female circumcision. One finishes the book with an interest to learn more about the issue and how effective the work the UN has done. It also provides an angle on the illegal immigrant story that is not as grim as so many tales are. For those of us living overseas one can appreciate her reflections in the end about being a nomad yet being very loyal to Somalia despite its problems.”I read this memoir a couple of years back. I agree: Dirie, a supermodel and former Bond girl, writes about her pre-catwalk life in a straightforward and engaging way. Sad to admit, I had (OK, still have) a bit of prejudice against models, given the self-involved image they project in their media. (OK, there’s a bit of sour grapes in there too.) But Dirie used her high profile to speak out against female genital mutilation (FGM) and, admirably, quit modeling to establish the anti-FGM Desert Flower Foundation and other humanitarian organizations. Her literal and figurative journey from hardship and hard work to success and activism is inspiring. The 2009 movie based on this book has apparently been released in several countries – would that I could get my hands on it.

  • Sara Zovko
    2019-01-26 21:02

    Ova žena je nevjerojatna inspiracija i ja nemam riječi kojima bi opisala emocije koje osjećam nakon čitanja ove knjige. Ljuta sam na običaje koji dozvoljavaju obrezivanje žena, ne razumijem kako je to moguće, tko je odlučio da žene moraju to prolaziti, tko je rekao da su one prljave ako nisu obrezane, zbog koga djevojke to i dan danas prolaze, umiru od infekcija kao posljedica običaja, ili cijeli život žive sa neizdrživom boli. Plakala sam čitajući i znam da će mi ova knjiga još dugo biti u mislima, a ova predivna, mudra i hrabra žena zaslužuje samo dobro do kraja svoga života jer toliko je toga prošla i ostala čista i predivna.

  • Ali Reza Rahiminia
    2019-02-05 18:57

    بعضي از جاهاي كتاب اينقدر تحت تاثير قرار مي گيري كه دلت مي خواهد گريه كني. خاطرات واريس ديري ، تلخ است و با زبان خود واريس بيان شده . ساده و بي تكلف. مثل زندگي كولي وار خودش. و يكي از تلخ ترين جمله هاي كتاب:" در بخشي از دنيا ما براي غذا تلاش مي كنيم و در طرف ديگر مردم پول مي دهند كه وزن كم كنند." . ما با خاطرات واريس به سومالي به عمق بدويت در دنياي متمدن امروز مي رويم و با او به انگلستان ، ايتاليا ، آمريكا سفر مي كنيم و خاطرات دريچه اي تازه به روي ما باز مي كند.

  • Jasi
    2019-01-26 17:47

    Ein SEHR WICHTIGES Buch! Am liebsten würde ich es jedem in die Hand drücken, mit der wärmsten Empfehlung es zu lesen.

  • Nnedi
    2019-01-22 15:55

    I love this book. Waris' time in Somalia as a child was my favorite part. It was both disturbing and lovely and wholly real. What I also love about this book is the way this book addressed Genital Mutilation. Discussion about problematic tribal rites like female genital mutilation is best done from within the culture as well as from the outside. If there is no point of view from the inside all it looks like is a bunch of outsiders calling a group of people barbarians. When people feel disrespected, people don’t listen. And if people do not listen, the practice simply continues. This is one of those insider books. Waris speaks out against FGM but she also shows and proclaims that she very much loves and respects her culture.What I also love about Desert Flower is that it deals with FGM without having the issue consume the entire book. Waris was more than a victim of this traditional practice, much more. It's a well-rounded perspective. Waris' tale is simply a great one. I'm not a fan of the modeling industry in the least. But this woman's story transcends that. It shows the journey of a feisty African girl turned woman both within her traditional community and within the traditional community of the West. The modeling industry very much represents Western tradition. She finally goes in for the kill at the very end about FGM. All through the book I was WAITING for that, wishing for it. She summed it up really well and I was satisfied. My only problem with the book, wasn’t really an problem. She seemed so forgiving of the West’s issues with black women and the Beauty Myth so pervasive in the modeling industry. I think this stems from her African upbringing, where she wasn’t born and raised around racism. For this reason, her world view and the places where she directs her anger are a little different. And that is ok.

  • Raiya
    2019-02-11 16:00

    انتهيت بالأمس من قراءة رواية زهرة الصحراء. استمتعتُ كثيراً بقراءتها واكتشتفتُ عوالم أخرى جديدة كنت أجهلها. الرواية من نوع الروايات التي ما أن تبداً في قرائتها؛ حتى تجد نفسك وقد أنهيتها في مدة قصيرة لسلاستها و واقعية الأفكار فيها.الرواية معنونة بـ" ديزرت فلاور" أي زهرة الصحراء. وهي لـ ويريس داير.الرواية من القطع المتوسطة الحجم، في 430 صفحة.الرواية بأحداثها وتفاصيلها تعتبر جريئة في الطرح، حيث أن الكاتبة تحكي عن قصة حياتها إبتداء من طفولتها الحزينة في صحراء الصومال إلى أن أصبحت سفيرة للولايات المتحدة في نيويورك لمنع ختان الإناث.ابتدأت المؤلفة روايتها بإلقاء نبذة عن طفولتها، وكيف أن الصوماليون يعانون كثيراً في سبيل الحصول على لقمة العيش.. بعدها تطرقت إلى عدة أمور منها : - قمع المرأة الصومالية عن طريق إرهاقها بالأعمال الشاقة- ختان الإناث.. وكان أغلب محور الرواية يدور حول هذه النقطة- إجبار الفتيات والنساء الزواج من رجال لا يرغبن بهم في سبيل الحصول على عدد من عين معين من النوق !!- تعرض النساء للإغتصابتحكي المؤلفة هذه الأحداث. حتى تصل إلى المرحلة التي قررت فيها الهروب عن البيت بعد أن قرر أبيها تزويجها من رجل كبير في السن على حساب حصوله على عدد من النوق، بعدها تضيق ذرعاً ويريس وتقرر أنها قد عانت كثيراً فقد تعرضت للإغتصاب والختان وهي صغيرة ..بعدها تهرب.. وبطرق عدة تصل إلى أمريكاوتبدأ قصة العناء من جديد مع خالها السفير هناك والطباخ..ومن ثم تنخرط في أعمال شاقة في ماكدونالز للحصول على أجر .. حتى تلتقي بمصورغير مجرى حياتها .. فدخلت عالم الموضة والأزياءوتحولت إلى عارضة ... تعرض صورها وتحصل على مبلغ جيد .. وتجري الأحداث... حتى تقرر أن تدع الصمت جانباً، وتعرف الآخرين بما تعرضت له هي في الماضي من ختان وغيره.. فتتحدث في عدة مقابلات مع قناة بي بي سي وعدة مجلاتحتى صارت سفيرة للنوايا الحسنة لمنع ختان الأناث .. لن أطيل عليكم..وبأمكانكم الإستزادة أو تحميل الرواية من هنا

  • Nathalie
    2019-02-18 17:49

    Worte, die das Herz erreichen.(zum zweiten Mal gelesen)

  • justbooks
    2019-01-30 17:01

    Ich kann mich noch daran erinnern, als meine Eltern vor Jahren den Film gesehen haben, als ich noch kleiner war, und ich nicht so wirklich verstanden habe um was es geht, als ich dann das Buch in der Bibliothek gesehen habe, dachte ich das es doch lesenswert wäre, also habe ich es ausgeliehen. Waris Dirie ist eine unheimliche starke Frau, mit diesem Buch einen wahnsinnigen Schritt in die richtige Richtung tut, sie erzählt hier nicht nur ihre Geschichte, die mich sehr berührt hat, sondern betreibt Aufklärung zu einem wahnsinnig wichtigen Thema, der Genitalverstümmelung und hilft so bestimmt sehr vielen Mädchen, denen das gleiche bevorsteht, wie sie durchmachen musste. Ich bewundere sie dafür, dass sie mit ihrer Geschichte an die Öffentlichkeit geht und sich so dafür einsetzt. Nebenbei erfährt man viel über ihr Leben als Model und wie sie in der, ich nenne es mal für sie neuen Welt, zurecht gekommen ist. Nach dem Lesen der Biographie kann ich nur sagen, dass ich unheimlichen Respekt vor dieser Frau habe, die so schnell erwachsen werden musste und soviel durchgemacht hat und einen solch starken Charakter hat. Zusätzlich erfährt man natürlich auch viel über ihre Heimat Afrika, was ebenfalls sehr interessant ist.

  • Aida emeh
    2019-01-23 22:00

    گل صحرا زندگی نامه ی یه دختر کوچ نشین سومالیایی هستش، وقتی پدر واریس براش یه شوهر شصت ساله پیدا میکنه واریسِ دوازده ساله با این فکر که زندگی باید معنای دیگه ای داشته باشه تصمیم میگیره فرار کنه..تلاشی که واریس برای تغییر زندگی یا بهتره بگم شروع زندگیش میکنه واقعا قهرمانانه ست...در خلال داستان واریس خونه ش که صحرا هست رو هم برامون وصف میکنه، از لذت ِزندگی زیر سقف آسمون ، لحظه های خوبش با خونواده ش، تربیت افریقایی و از سنت و باورهای غلط حرف میزنه..پی نوشت: همیشه با خودم فکر میکردم اسمی که رو ماها میذارند فقط یه اسم نیست ،وقتی به آدمای دورو برم نگاه میکردم میدیدم که چقدر مثل اسمشون زندگی میکنند،جالبه که اینو تو کتابها هم میبینم.بعد از سوکورو تازاکی بی رنگ... که معنی اسمش ساختن بود و شغلش ساختن ایستگاه قطار شد، حالا واریس اسمِ گل صحراست، گلی سرسخت که تو محیط بی آب و علف رشد میکنه درست مثل خودِ واریس.

  • Bobs (Reader Unbound)
    2019-02-12 20:55

    I have very mixed feelings about this book, mainly because even with my most vivid imagination I could not imagine what that woman went through. Not just her but hundreds of women that even today have to go through this barbaric ritual to prove themselves untouched, innocent. To become the ultimate symbol of a good women. This book made me think a lot about the life we live and the conveniences we have. The things we take for granted, for something normal that all people have, yet we do not realize that some e, and they are not a few, will never have the chance to come even close to having them. What ever happens to the least of us, has an effect on all of us.

  • Heather
    2019-02-20 00:05

    Certainly worth the read. It is a short, easy, and intersting autobiography. I really enjoyed the first 150 ish pages and, despite the human rights issues at the end, I was less impressed with the conclusion. Still, quite good with an important message.

  • Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
    2019-02-01 17:44

    Όσα χρόνια γνωρίζομαι με την Νικολέτα, έστω κι αν η γνωριμία αυτή παραμένει προς το παρόν διαδικτυακή λόγω της απόστασης που μας χωρίζει, προσπαθεί να με πείσει να διαβάσω το "Λουλούδι Της Ερήμου". Απελπισμένη προφανώς από την αναβλητικότητά μου, αποφάσισε να μου τα χαρίσει και μαζί με αυτό, μια λογοτεχνική εμπειρία ξεχωριστή, μοναδική και πάνω απ' όλα, αληθινή και την ευχαριστώ γι' αυτό. Γιατί τι θα μπορούσε να είναι πιο αληθινό από την αφήγηση μιας ιστορίας από το ίδιο το πρόσωπο που την έζησε; Από ένα πρόσωπο που μπορεί σήμερα να είναι αναγνωρίσιμο και πετυχημένο ωστόσο, η ζωή της κάθε άλλο παρά στρωμένη με ροδοπέταλα ήταν αφού βίωσε πολλές τραγωδίες μέχρι να φτάσει στην σημερινή ευτυχία που με δυσκολίες, κόπο και πολύ μόχθο απέκτησα. Αυτή λοιπόν είναι η ιστορία της Waris Dirie και θα την μοιραστώ μαζί σας σήμερα.Η Waris γεννήθηκε στην Σομαλία το 1965 σε μια οικογένεια νομάδων της Αφρικής. Η ζωή της μπορεί να μην ήταν εύκολη ωστόσο, ζούσε ευτυχισμένη ανάμεσα σε ανθρώπους που κατανοούσαν απόλυτα τον ισχυρό δεσμό της οικογένειας και παρά τις δυσκολίες στον αγώνα της καθημερινής επιβίωσης, ήξεραν να αγαπάνε αληθινά ο ένας τον άλλον. Φυσικά αυτό δεν στάθηκε εμπόδιο στα έθιμα της χώρας της που σε ηλικία 5 ετών την οδήγησαν σε κλειτοριδεκτομή, στερώντας της με αυτό τον τρόπο την γυναικεία της υπόσταση για ολόκληρη τη ζωή της. Στα 13 της χρόνια ο πατέρας της πήρε την απόφαση να την παντρέψει με έναν ηλικιωμένο και εκείνη, αρνούμενη να δεχτεί την απόφασή του αυτή, δραπετεύει από την Αφρικανική έρημο αναζητώντας προσωρινό καταφύγιο σε διάφορους συγγενείς της μητέρας της που ζουν στις πόλεις για να φύγει από εκεί λίγο αργότερα με προορισμό της Αγγλία για να εργαστεί ως υπηρέτρια για λογαριασμό των θείων της.4 ολόκληρα χρόνια περνάνε και όταν φτάνει η ώρα που πρέπει να επιστρέψει μαζί τους πίσω στην Σομαλία, αρνείται να το κάνει. Ο λόγος δεν είναι σε καμία περίπτωση ότι δεν αγαπάει την οικογένειά της ή την χώρα της αλλά, το γεγονός ότι βαθιά μέσα της γνωρίζει ότι αξίζει και μπορεί να επιτύχει πολύ περισσότερα πράγματα μένοντας μακριά. Πλέον είναι μόνη της και έτσι πρέπει να μάθει να ζει αλλά και να επιβιώνει, σε μια χώρα που δεν γνωρίζει ούτε την γλώσσα ούτε τους ανθρώπους της. Η ιστορία άλλωστε της έχει αποδείξει πως δεν μπορείς να έχεις απόλυτη εμπιστοσύνη σε κανέναν άλλον παρά μόνο στον εαυτό σου και στις δυνάμεις σου. Φυσικά αυτό θα αλλάξει και η Waris, από υπηρέτρια, θα βρεθεί να εργάζεται ως μοντέλο. Φυσικά τα πράγματα δεν θα είναι πάντα εύκολα για εκείνη καθώς, παραμένει μια παράνομη μετανάστρια. Παρ' όλα ταύτα, κάνει ότι μπορεί και τελικά, ελεύθερη πλέον ζει το όνειρό της, γνωρίζει την επιτυχία και παράλληλα, αποφασίζει να μοιραστεί με τον κόσμο την εμπειρία που της άλλαξε την ζωή και που σημάδεψε το σώμα και την ψυχή, προσπαθώντας να ευαισθητοποιήσει τον κόσμο ώστε αυτό το βάρβαρο έθιμο να πάψει.Η Waris Dirie μαζί με την Cathleen Miller δημιουργούν όχι ένα ακόμα μυθιστόρημα αλλά, την αποτύπωση μιας αληθινής, συγκινητικής και παράλληλα, τραγικής ιστορίας. Δεν προσπαθεί να συγκινήσει με φτηνούς μελοδραματισμούς, αντίθετα, προσπαθεί με κάθε μέσο, με κάθε τρόπο να ακουστεί καθάρια η φωνή της, μια έκκληση για βοήθεια σε όλα εκείνα τα κορίτσια που στην απεγνωσμένη τους ανάγκη να γίνουν γυναίκες δεν γνωρίζουν τι τις περιμένει. Πόσος πόνος, πόση θλίψη, πόση αγωνία. Η Waris δεν μοιράζεται μαζί μας την ιστορία της για να κερδίσει κάτι η ίδια αλλά, ολόκληρος ο κόσμος και πολύ περισσότερο, ο δικός της κόσμος, μέσα από τα σπλάχνα του οποίου γεννήθηκε. Η Αφρική είναι πάντα στην καρδιά και την σκέψη της, πονάει που δεν βρίσκεται εκεί και όμως, αναγνωρίζει ότι το δικαίωμα στη ζωή, τον έρωτα και την ελευθερία είναι πάνω απ' όλα. Μπορεί σήμερα να είναι επιτυχημένη, μπορεί να είναι μοντέλο, μητέρα, σύζυγος, Πρέσβειρας και να είναι ευτυχισμένη και ευγνώμων για όλα αυτά όμως, δεν μπορεί να ξεχάσει όλα όσα πέρασε για να φτάσει ως εκεί.Μια περιπέτεια ασύλληπτη, γεμάτη πόνο, αίμα, κυνηγητό, ανατροπές και απουσία sex, όπως συνηθίζεται είτε μιλάμε για αληθινές ιστορίες είτε όχι καθώς, αυτό το τελευταίο είναι μια απόλαυση που η Waris στερήθηκε τόσο βίαια και βάναυσα. Η μυθοπλασία δεν έχει θέση εδώ και υπαναχωρεί τη θέση της για να την προσφέρει σε μια αληθινή φωνή, που αγαπάει την πατρίδα και τους ανθρώπους της ωστόσο, θέλει να τους αλλάξει προς το καλύτερο για να μην υποφέρουν εκατομμύρια κορίτσια ότι υπέφερε κι εκείνη. Είναι μια ιστορία θάρρους χάρη στο οποίο η Waris κατάφερε να επιβιώσει και να αναδειχτεί νικήτρια και μέσα από τις δυσκολίες που βίωσε να ξεχωρίσει, όχι γιατί είναι μοντέλο αλλά, γιατί είναι ένας σπουδαίος, δυνατός άνθρωπος, γεμάτος ευαισθησίες, ευγνωμοσύνη και θέληση να κάνει τον κόσμο μας καλύτερο, υπερασπιζόμενη το δικαίωμα της ελευθερίας, της βούλησης και αποτελώντας παράλληλα πηγή έμπνευσης και υπόδειγμα.

  • Lorraine
    2019-01-29 16:54

    Waris had an extraordinary story to tell but the narration left much to be desired. I suppose writing an autobiography is so subjective. Opens one up to scrutiny. What to put in. What to leave out. The story left a bitter taste in my mouth.From page 15 to page 224, the narration is flat, flat, flat. As much as her events are chronologically laid out, there was no hook for me as the reader. I kept thinking "where's the rising action?". The one event that would lead to the peak of her story. Nothing. Even her meeting her mother after a 15 year hiatus plateau ed.From page 224, she becomes a UN ambassador fighting against female genital mutilation. Now that is when her story became interesting to me. I am not for one minute advocating that books with a social element pique my interest, but I feel that she should have chosen a common theme and expanded on it.The diction. Now that was a thorn on my backside. It felt wrong. Pretentious. Borrowed. Let's blame it on the language barrier. Or rather, let's not. I'd like to believe that when you decide to write, especially an autobiography and your name is Waris, you get assigned a whole literary team. Her's felt like a "basement bargain" team. Firstly, for an African from a sheltered Somali nomadic culture, her constant use of profanity was quite astonishing. Bordered on the bizarre. Her insincere nature was also quite puzzling. Marrying the Irish getriatic I was like "WTF", so out of character. Then she repeats it by marrying Nigel. I take it that she was under pressure and the threat of deportation hung like a jaggered sword over her head but, there were other less dangerous avenues to be explored. Applying for asylum. Her country was in turmoil civilly after all.Is she still married to Nigel the nut? Is she still with Dana? Did she ever build a house for her family!AND, Elton John bought the rights to the movie??? Nuff said

  • Kelly
    2019-01-30 16:52

    Waris Dirie is a former supermodel (famous in the 1980's and 1990's) who grew up as a nomad in Somalia. Around age 12 or 13, she ran away from home to avoid an arranged marriage to a much older man, and she eventually made her way to London, where she was "discovered" after several years. Soon thereafter, she ended up in a James Bond movie (the terrible one with Timothy Dalton) and appeared in calendars, major magazines, and Revlon ads worldwide.What is truly impressive about this spunky and courageous woman, however, is her frank discussion of her infibulation as a young girl (the most severe form of female genital mutilation). After rising to the height of fame as a model, Waris decided to go public in Marie Claire with her identity as an infibulated woman, after she had suffered in silence for years with the shame and physical complications of her "circumcision." Because of her courageous interview in Marie Claire, Waris ended up on 20/20, and the UN eventually named her its special ambassador on FGM.Waris grew up an uneducated nomad, but I was struck by the honesty and simplicity of her prose, and I realized that she has an incredible natural talent for storytelling. I became so engrossed in her autobiography on the train one day that I almost missed my stop! Luckily, my stop was the last one, so the conductor had to tell me to stop reading and get off the train. I had completely gotten sucked into her story. I highly recommend this book, as long as one can stomach the very graphic description of Waris' infibulation. That part, and her subsequent discussions of the complications that arose from the operation, brought me to tears.