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Desert Flower

The Extraordinary Journey Of A Desert Nomad

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An edition of Wüstenblume (1998)

Desert Flower

The Extraordinary Journey Of A Desert Nomad

  • 4.00 ·
  • 5 Ratings
  • 46 Want to read
  • 6 Currently reading
  • 8 Have read

"Desert Flower is the compelling autobiography of supermodel Waris Dirie, born into a traditional Somali family of nomads who believed in such archaic customs as female genital mutilation and arranged marriages between prepubescent girls and elderly men, for a dowry of a few goats and camels.".

"The young Waris survived exploitation, attempted rape, and casual violence as she tenaciously fought her way as far as London, where she took a job as a maid for a distant uncle. There, as she struggled to learn to read and write, her striking beauty caught the eye of a photographer, and soon she had launched a modeling career that would take her all the way to New York City and international celebrity.

Today, as a special ambassador appointed by the United Nations, she travels the world speaking out against female genital mutilation, promoting the cause of women's rights, and educating people about the war-torn, drought-parched region of Africa she fled - but still loves deeply."--BOOK JACKET.

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Publisher
Harper Perennial
Language
English
Pages
240

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2001, Hedra
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Mass Market Paperback
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Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey Of A Desert Nomad
October 6, 1999, Harper Perennial
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Mar 01, 1999, Virago Press
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Desert flower: the extraordinary journey of a desert nomad
1998, William Morrow
in English - 1st ed.

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First Sentence

"A slight sound woke me, and when I opened my eyes, I was staring into the face of a lion."

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Format
Paperback
Number of pages
240
Dimensions
9.2 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
Weight
9 ounces

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL7727518M
ISBN 10
0688172377
ISBN 13
9780688172374
LCCN
98017480
OCLC/WorldCat
46467501
Library Thing
565396
Goodreads
8745

Work Description

Waris Dirie leads a double life -- by day, she is an international supermodel and human rights ambassador for the United Nations; by night, she dreams of the simplicity of life in her native Somalia and the family she was forced to leave behind. Desert Flower, her intimate and inspiring memoir, is a must-read for anyone who has ever wondered about the beauty of African life, the chaotic existence of a supermodel, or the joys of new motherhood.Waris was born into a traditional Somali family, desert nomads who engaged in such ancient and antiquated customs as genital mutilation and arranged marriage. At twelve, she fled an arranged marriage to an old man and traveled alone across the dangerous Somali desert to Mogadishu -- the first leg of an emotional journey that would take her to London as a house servant, around the world as a fashion model, and eventually to America, where she would find peace in motherhood and humanitarian work for the U.N.Today, as Special Ambassador for the U.N., she travels the world speaking out against the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation, promoting women's reproductive rights, and educating people about the Africa she fled -- but still deeply loves.Desert Flower will be published simultaneously in eleven languages throughout the world and is currently being produced as a feature film by Rocket Pictures UK.

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