Malika Oufkir has been a prisoner for virtually her whole life. Born into a proud Berber family in , the eldest daughter of the King of Morocco’s closest aide. Malika Oufkir was born into a proud Berber family in , the eldest daughter of the King of Morocco’s closest aide. She was adopted by the king to be a. , English, French, Book, Illustrated edition: La prisonniere: twenty years in a desert goal / Malika Oufkir and Michele Fitoussi ; translated by Ros Schwartz.
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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, Maika was finally able to leave Morocco and begin a new life in exile in A heartrending account in the face of extreme deprivation and the courage with which one family faced its fate, Stolen Lives is an unforgettable story of one woman’s journey to freedom. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving….
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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 A gripping memoir that reads like a political thriller–the story of Malika Oufkir’s turbulent and remarkable life. 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.
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I gave up on this book on page After reading Prisoner of Tehran, I was interested to read this book. Unfortunately, La Prisonniere does not convey the same emotions or character. View all 3 comments. My book club refers to it as Paris Hilton goes to Marrakesh It’s not badly written. Its just so full of holes you must conclude its completely, utterly fiction. Oufkir grows up with slaves- yes- slaves- in the 21st century. So be prepared for some outlandish perspectives defining “life stolen” or “jail.
The contradictions are constant and blatant. She complains all nine family member are locked in two rooms with no electricity. But there is a refrigerator electric?
How small could these rooms be? Tiny alcoves that are big enough to sleep nine, by choice? I live in NY and my bedroom is huge to me, but you couldnt stand 9 people in it. There is another small room at the end of the hall that holds their something Louis Vuitton suitcases full of Gucci suits- she makes a point of this So is it two rooms as she complains?
They are imprisoned, barely fed. The next page she talks about how they are taken to the local village for two hours EVERY DAY where the local ladies bake them delicious pies from costly ingredients to celebrate their celebrity arrival; as is her due.
So, what, she l gets one gourmet meal a day where she can pick and choose from the best an entire village can create to impress her? There is no medical care available- only aspirin. In the next breath she talks about prisonnirre consitant delivery of prescription drugs for her sister’s epilepsy. This is a first person story that by the most inane, self-centered spoiled woman who has ever considered the undertaking.
The first half of the book could have been wonderful with insight into culture and life inside the palace, but instead it is one egotistical vacuous tale after another re: Everyone thought I was wonderful when I, and wasn’t I cute and cheeky when I You get no cultural background when she is in the palace, prisoniere no pufkir background about the coup.
She’s overwhelmingly melodramatic- she talks of two suicide “attempts”.
One where she cuts her finger and rubs dirt in the wound so it will become infected and kill her before the family is jailed, while she lives in a palace with its own hospital and nannies and teachers and governesses who mind her- and get this- SLAVES-yes, slaves, while she bitches about her years in jail.
You figure it is a child’s attempt for attention until in the next paragraph she takes the time to assert to us these were serious attempts to take her own life- despite half a dozen people who’s job it is to monitor her!
This book is one more childish attempt at attention getting, just like her two “serious” suicide attempts. I hate to say it, but by the time bad things start to happen to her, I almost can’t wait.
I am sure it was a horrifying experience, but rather than tell what I am sure is the moving truth of this family’s horrifying ordeal quite a bit less than the slaves who served herthis books fails to mask the fact it is melodramatic hyperbole of a spoiled brat from solely her perspective where she is always the hero, the strong one, the smart one, the most beloved, the only one who can take credit for her entire family surviving because she is so beautiful and charming and clever blah blah blah.
She doesn’t tell you how she bolstered everyone. She just tells a tale of sorrow and ends it with “I bolstered everyone and cheered them up” There are no heartfelt conversations, no touching moment- just that she saved the day I refer to the book as “Paris Hilton goes to Marrakesh”.
I would like to find a more serious work that deals with the subject that includes some geopolitical and cultural information as well. I think that would be moving and interesting.
This book is neither. Tis review says it better than I could! I read this book several years ago. I went in reading this book expecting to be sympathetic to the writer and her family.
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While I was sympathetic to the imprisonment of a family for the crimes of one family member, I found I was not sympathetic to the writer at all. My feelings as I read the book began with a sense that the story was being embellished to put the author in a more sympathetic position. As I read on I began to wonder how much of this was completely contrived.
I did not get the sens I read this book several years ago. I did not get the sense that this was an honest depiction of what happened to Malika’s family. I also grew weary of her painting herself as the hero of the family as though they only survived the ordeal because of her. I also got tired of her feigned ignorance of her father’s actions. I’m not saying she had fore knowledge of his plot, nor that she had any part in it. However, certainly by the time her book was published she knew and to write a well rounded story of her family’s imprionsment and the circumstances that led up to it a full picture of her father’s of the plot her father is said to have part in should have been included in the body.
It seemed really the underlying point of the book was to highlight how great Malika thinks she is and for us to all see and agree. Unfortunately, I walked away with doubts not only about her greatness, but also about her honesty. The high school creative writing teacher’s maxim, “Show, Don’t Tell,” is problematic in the way any kind of absolute model is used five paragraph theme, anyone?
But in this case, the author Michele Fitoussi–the “ghost” writer, I assume could have used that phrase in the editing process–the overexplaining became cumbersome and gave hitches to the flow of the story. What has been ruining this narrative thus far, aside from the stilted prose, the unvarying progression, is the hyperbole. This The high school creative writing teacher’s maxim, “Show, Don’t Tell,” is problematic in the way any kind of absolute model is used five paragraph theme, anyone?
This situation is dramatic enough, but the hyperbole seems to be from middle school conversation and is lessening the impact of the truly perilous situations. The lack of variation is making this a plodding read. I believe this story has so much potential, but in the hands of this storyteller, who treats her audience like idiots, it was dull, monotonous. It died from overeating, which is ironic given that we were starving. View all 4 comments.
The woman certainly deserves a lot of credit along with her family for enduring degrading conditions for so long and separation from society, which I believe was harder for her. The character seemed to thrive in the hostile setting. Not only was this poorly written, but Malika makes for an unsympathetic character. She comes across as entitled and narcisstic. I really wanted to like this book but I found myself feeling bored and uninterested. I say skip it and check out other more compelling reads!
So I only read the first bit. There was a lot of description but I couldn’t get any picture. I asked someone else who was reading it for our book group, and they said the whole book was the same. You ended the book still not feeling like you knew the characters.
The first part was so hard to get through, I lost all motivation and decided not to finish. It’s sad because the book had great potential and I was looking forward to reading So I only read the first bit. It’s sad because the book had great potential and I was looking forward to reading it. I was excited about reading this book, the synopsis drew me in immediately. I even put it on hold at the library!
However, I couldn’t connect with the story or the main character from the start. The author’s haphazard writing style really ruined this book.
It’s sad because there is a really intriguing story somewhere under all this bad writing.