Book Reviews: Born a Gangster's Daughter - My Mother's Story by Maha Al Fahim
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Maha Al Fahimabout this book: Amina was born in Dubai in the 1970s. As a child, Amina was brutally beaten by her father. As she came of age, she was cruelly discriminated against in favor of her brothers. But as a woman she nonetheless persisted in her love for her family, which was at the center of her life. Managing to connect her father with life-saving medical attention at a time when he was dangerously close to death, she subsequently witnessed what appeared to be a miracle. Her grateful father became a famous businessman and a fervently devout Muslim. Delighted with his apparent change of heart, Amina felt as though her loyalty had been rewarded. Sadly for her and for many other people, she couldn't have been more mistaken. She soon discovered that her father was, in fact, a gangster, hiding behind the shield of religion.
This true tale is more than a disturbing account of hypocrisy, corruption, and betrayal. Thanks to Amina's 14-year-old daughter, Maha, who skillfully brings her story to life in these pages, it is also an inspiring testament to the power of speaking the truth, of bringing meaning to suffering, and of discovering what truly matters in this life.
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Beautiful and poetic writing style from a very young authorMaha Al Fahim is a gifted young author writing about her mother. She writes with such a visual and emotional density. This is her quote that I found on Goodreads:
"Let us call the world to come together – every child, every woman and every man. Let us draw a bigger picture, one that enters every home, every heart and brings together every voice.
Let us listen to the helpless cries of the abused and neglected children. Let us listen more deeply to women who are being abused, blamed and discriminated against, while trapped in cages of injustice, fear and shame, with no option but to suffer in silence.
I have seen with my own eyes the happiest dreams of unfortunate victims change to their worst nightmares. I have seen their lives shatter while their families fall apart. Their hearts have burned and their eyes have seen nothing but misery.
Let us transform all the voices and sounds of hopelessness into a beautiful melody that plays to the world. No matter how dark things get, the sun of justice will eventually rise. The birds will sing our stories to the world. Rainbows will dazzle with color in a sky that is no longer grey."
An Eye OpenerThis is a great book that shares many plots that sadly happens in many societies however, never discussed in public. Thanks to Amina's courage for sharing her story and her gifted young daughter, Maha Al Fahim for passionately writing it down.
It is a heartbreaking story. I felt sad to see what Amina had to endure in her both childhood as well as adulthood simply for being born a girl. This should never happen to any child boy or girl.
The book also has many other ongoing social justice plots such as abuse of labor and several fraud schemes by her family some of which are publicized in the official media. I found the book to be an eye opener, a page turner and highly educational. [by Hadeel]
A Page Turner - True Tale of Hypocrisy, Corruption and BetrayalThe Book has great character development, very moving, glued to the pages from start to finish. This book provides good insight into a personal story from an area that gets broad news coverage. In summary, very well written, captivating, thought provoking, and inspiring read. [by Anne]
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