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Stolen Lives : Twenty Years in a Desert Jail
Stolen Lives Twenty Years in a Desert Jail
Author: Malika Oufkir, Michele Fitoussi
A gripping memoir that reads like a political thriller--the story of Malika Oufkir's turbulent and remarkable life. Born in 1953, Malika Oufkir was the eldest daughter of General Oufkir, the King of Morocco's closest aide. Adopted by the king at the age of five, Malika spent most of her childhood and adolescence in the seclusion of the c...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780786886302
ISBN-10: 0786886307
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 294
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 146 ratings
Publisher: Hyperion
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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reviewed Stolen Lives : Twenty Years in a Desert Jail on + 3 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
Heart-wrenching account of not just being imprisoned for so many years, but also of trying to live again once released. This book haunted me for some time, because it is difficult to believe that such inhumanity and cruelty could occur in this day and age. An excellent, excellent read.
reviewed Stolen Lives : Twenty Years in a Desert Jail on + 4 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
I just finished this book and I can't stop thinking about the horrors that go on behind closed doors to innocent people. The worst part, people know about it and do nothing to stop it! Malika did a beautiful job of telling her story. God Bless you, Malika...
holtzy avatar reviewed Stolen Lives : Twenty Years in a Desert Jail on + 48 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Heartbreaking true story of courage and an extraordinary escape after 20 years of cruel incarceration and deprivation. What shines in this novel is a family that survives through their love, faith and strength for one another. Three women and six children are punished and encarcerated through no fault oft their own. A book worth reading for the human spirit element as well as the historical issues and life of the small country of Morocco.
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Helpful Score: 3
I truly enjoyed this book from start to finish. The conditions the writer and her family lived in were absolutely frightening. I could put myself into her shoes as I was reading the book.. and felt like crying many times. A must read.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is a very detailed book about the life of Malika Oufkir from her time as an adopted daughter of the king of Morocco, her 20 year imprisonment along with her family by the king, her escape from the horrible life while imprisoned and her "adjustment" back to life out of prison. This book brings the reader much thought about what freedom really means and how it should be apprechiated.
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Some of the "facts" stated in this book are inaccurate more than once but it may be because of the translation. It was very interesting to read about customs and a culture so radically different from that of my own in the United States. Bending to the absolute power of a monarch is unheard of to me, and that is what kept me reading to the end. Totally strange to think that one person can have such power over people, enough to imprison an entire family in inhumane conditions for as long as these unfortunate people were incarcerated. D.


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