The adopted daughter of the king of Morocco, whose father was arrested and executed for a 1972 attempt to assassinate the king, tells the story of how she, her mother, and her five siblings endured years of imprisonment in a desert penal colony. This gripping memoir, a bestseller in hardcover, is "a graphic picture of what evil is like from the ...
The adopted daughter of the king of Morocco, whose father was arrested and executed for a 1972 attempt to assassinate the king, tells the story of how she, her mother, and her five siblings endured years of imprisonment in a desert penal colony. This gripping memoir, a bestseller in hardcover, is "a graphic picture of what evil is like from the vantage point of its most innocent victims" ("Booklist"). of photos.
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I usually read mystery novels, but this seemed interesting...I was not disappointed.
The book came promptly in very good condition. I have suggested this book to my book club.
Aug 30, 2010
This is one of the best books I have ever read. It is the story of a young girl who was raised as a "princess" so that the king of Morocco's daughter would have a companion . She moved into the palace when she was about 5 and lived there for 10 years. When her father was charged with leading a coup against the present king he was shot and his whole family was sent to prison for 20 years. The fact that any of them survived the 20 years of hell is almost too hard to believe. Highly Recommended.
Feb 12, 2009
A truly amazing story of the strength of family love and a woman's refusal to be defeated.
Oct 30, 2008
Stolen Lives...an interesting story
Our book club chose this book and it was very interesting. But oddly enough, not very emotional, despite the dreadful details of their captivity. The writing is ackward, the story has too many flash forwards and back, so loses tension; and our narrator can only focus on herself without much clear empathy for her siblings. While we can tell she was hurt by their suffering, it seemed too much just about her. I know this is her story, but she could share the suffering of the others with more insight and compassion.
I admire her and her siblings but their is more that is not said.
Dec 8, 2007
A story about some truely åmazing souls
This family's heart wrentching story is haunting, dark, and desparate. It is soul crushingly sad, yet amazingly hopeful and inspiring. It is impossible to read this book and not think about it everyday, for the rest of your life. There are not many on this planet who have endured or suffered as much as this amazing family. Open your mind and your heart, read this book! F.Fillatti
Publishers Weekly, 2001-10-01 Brychta's suave and subtle Arabic lilt perfectly capture this first-person narration of a Moroccan family's harsh exile as punishment for the transgressions of its patriarch. After enjoying a fairy tale upbringing as the adopted daughter of King Muhammad V in his palace, Oufkir, along with her mother and siblings, was imprisoned in a succession of desert jails after her father engineered a failed coup against the king's heir, King Hassan II, in 1972. The Oufkirs were forced to endure 20 years of solitude, infested prison cells and the ever-worsening depravity of their captors. Oufkir worked with Fitoussi to produce a crisp memoir that bristles with imagery, perhaps owing to Oufkir's continual storytelling in jail to try to keep her family's misery temporarily at bay. The production is gracefully laced with haunting Middle Eastern airs, which, in conjunction with Brychta's voice, render a truly otherworldly feel. A central tension here is in the currency of a story that seems possible only in an age long gone. A chronicle of endurance and the aftereffects of a grim ordeal, this engaging recording inspires as just as much indignation as it does admiration. Based on the Talk Miramax hardcover (Forecasts, Jan. 29). (July) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-01-29 While accounts of the unjust arrest and torture of political prisoners are by now common, we expect such victims to come with a just cause. Here, Oufkir tells of the 20-year imprisonment of her upper-class Moroccan family following a 1972 coup attempt against King Hassan II by her father, a close military aide. After her father's execution, Oufkir, her mother and five siblings were carted off to a series of desert barracks, along with their books, toys and French designer clothes in the family's Vuitton luggage. At their first posting, they complained that they were short on butter and sweets. Over the years, subsequent placements brought isolation cells and inadequate, vermin-infested rations. Finally, starving and suicidal, the innocents realized they had been left to die. They dug a tunnel and escaped. Recapture led to another five years of various forms of imprisonment before the family was finally granted freedom. Oufkir's experience does not fit easily into current perceptions of political prisoners victimized for their beliefs or actions. In fact, she was the adopted daughter of King Muhammad V, Hassan II's father, sent by her parents at age five to be raised in the court with the king's daughter as her companion and equal. Beyond horrifying images such as mice nibbling at a rich girl's face, this erstwhile princess's memoir will fascinate readers with its singular tale of two kindly fathers, political struggles in a strict monarchy and a family's survival of cruel, prolonged deprivation. (Apr.) Forecast: A bestseller in France, where Morocco is always a hot issue, this oddly gripping book should also do well here thanks to Oufkir's appearance soon on 60 Minutes and a five-city tour. Film adaptation is a distinct possibility, especially given the book's publisher. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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