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Malika Oufkir; Michèle Fitoussi. The autobiography of a member of the Oufkir family, who were political prisoners in Morocco for five years before hand-digging an escape tunnel, only to be recaptured after five days and kept in solitary cells for ten years, until their release to. A gripping memoir that reads like a political thriller--the story of Malika Oufkir's turbulent and remarkable life. Born in , Malika Oufkir was. Stolen Lives is a heart-rending account of bravery in the face of extreme A huge international best-seller in hardcover, Stolen Lives appeared.
Adopted by the king at the age of five, Malika spent most of her childhood and adolescence in the seclusion of the court harem, one of the most eligible heiresses in the kingdom, surrounded by luxury and extraordinary privilege. Then, on August 16, , her father was arrested and executed after an attempt to assassinate the king. Malika, her five younger brothers and sisters. After fifteen years, the last ten of which they spent locked up in solitary cells, the Oufkir children managed to dig a tunnel with their bare hands and make an audacious escape. Recaptured after five days, Malika was finally able to leave Morocco and begin a new life in exile in
While I was sympathetic to this family's plight, I disliked the writer and would have preferred a less unbiased account.
Milika sounds, even at 40, like a spoiled child. She takes credit for everything -- her family's escape, the children's education, the family's entertainment, maintaining their sanity By the book's end I was literally laughing every time she started in one her "I saved them all" song because it was so over the top.
Perhaps it's due to her years of imprisonment, but at times the book comes across as a tribute to herself.
Perhaps no one told her that you don't say these sorts of things about one's self, you wait for others to say them about you. I suspect that some of the clunky writing is due to the translation, but sheesh, this book is so filled with inconsistencies that I found myself doubting the author's truthfulness.
She often contracts herself on the same page and occasionally even in the same paragraph.
One minute they were all bald, the next she's combing her waist-long hair. Reviews User-contributed reviews Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers.
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