Book Reviews: Destination: Freedom - a memoir based on the true life story of a young girl Lily and her mom by Lily Amiscategories: Book, Book, Biography, Immigration, Refugee Law, True Story, War, War Refugee, Human Right, Bureaucracy, Forced Marriage, Freedom, Memoir
Lily Amisabout this book: Destination: Freedom is a powerful true-life story. It's my memoir of a life as a refugee, escaping from a war-torn country and oppressive regime only to find that I'm not welcome wherever I go.
My book couldn't come at a more topical time, when stories of refugees attempting to enter Europe are constantly in the press.
• What inspired you to write this book?
To be honest I started with writing ten years ago by long-term Unemployment. Writing "Destination: Freedom" was primary kind of a self-therapy for me.
• How did you come up with the title?
The Title "Destination: Freedom" is short but absolutely on point. I knew the title right from the start, probably because I'm still looking for Freedom.
• What was the hardest part of writing your book?
It is certainly good for the soul to let go and write down everything that you have denied and stocked in yourself as self-defense for over decades. But it is not easy to deal with your past. You're forced to experience it emotionally all again which is not always easy. Sometimes I couldn't work for days on my book, because I realized that everything that happened is still bothering me. Time traveling and reliving your past as an adult is more painful than as a child.
• What is the message of your book?
Destination: Freedom is a plea to readers to treat refugees with 'respect', and to grant them proper rights to education, work and an independent future.
• What do you want to say to your readers?
Always fight for your right. Believe in your dreams, goals and wishes despite of life circumstances and obstacles that come along the way. Don't ever lose your faith and trust in God.
Also treat refugees with respect and not with injustice. War-refugees are innocent human beings looking desperately for safety and a life and future in dignity.
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"Destination: Hell""Destination: Hell" would probably be the better title for this extremely painful journey
I really admire Lily Amis and her mum for their incredible strength to overcome so many challenges in Life. Luck was sadly never on their side, but they never gave up. Can't wait to read the second book. [by Kevin S.]
This book deserves allot of attentionSeeing book titles such as "Without my daughter" still on the bestselling list after all these years makes me wonder how long Lily Amis Story will need to be recognized as an Indie-Author?
Let me tell you this, if "Destination: Freedom" was published by a traditional Publishing company it would be a Bestseller already. Not only because it's a TOP issue these days, but because of Lily Amis brutal honesty. She shares her experiences and fears with the reader as if she is telling the story to a close friend. I hope she will get more credit for her courage to share such a delicate topic with the world. Best of luck Lily! [by Alice Meyer]
An honest memoir reflecting our shamefull societyI read allot of memoirs but this one is different. Because Lily is writing so honest and open about topics that no one else would feel comfortable to talk about it. I think it takes allot of courage to write about a very personal topic such as forced marriage. This story is not just a memoir, it is a mirror reflecting our society, our stupid laws and irresponsible mans from today. [by Selena Miles]
No one deserves so much pain in lifeI find it unbelievable how bureaucracy and law played with Lily's destiny. Lily and her mother had to deal already with so much disappointments in their life thanks to selfish and stupid men. I wonder how the story continues and if they finally find some luck? I really hope so. No one deserves so much pain and sorrow. [by Justin Kohler]
Eye-opener about refugeesI'm glad that my friend gave me Destination Freedom to read, while the News is full of stories about refugees. I have to admit I'm not a fan of these people that are entering Europe. But after reading Lilys Story I understand the reasons for such a decision. I'm also shocked about the obstacles that these people have to deal with once they are in our countries. It is an eye-opener and my view about refugees has certainly changed. I feel ashamed for my prejudice against them. Read it and you will understand what I mean. [by Jessi K.]
Destination: Freedom Author Lily Amis Tells AllDestination: Freedom is a warts and all book which tells the brutal truth about being a refugee. Lily Amis does not censor herself at all. You learn about her frustration as bureaucracy stops Lily and her mother integrating into their new environment. They escape unimaginable horrors and are held back instead of being helped. If they were helped and given visas they could work and pay tax in the country they arrived in (Switzerland). I hope people in power read this book and some changes are made. This book is timely with the current refugee crisis the world is currently facing. An interesting read from a brutally honest writer. [by Catherine Balavage]
Poignant and heartbreakingA moving true story of young girl and her Mom and the challenges they face as they leave their country with all the hopes and dreams of creating a new life in the west, only to repeatedly come up against the forces of bureaucracy and racism. A powerful read. [by Bard]
Destination: Freedom is an eye openerA great book. Rarely, do I read these type of books but I was captivated by this book. I had the good fortune to meet Lily & her mother in Italy. After talking to them, I had to get the book to find out more. It was insightful especially with everything that is going on in the mid-east. It was also inspirational to see what some people have to endure & how they respond. [by Tom S.]
I would highly recommend this bookI would highly recommend this book, it's a vivid and stark description of the trials and tribulations experienced by the author ... the sort of experiences that i'm sure immigrants all round the world are subjected to daily. The story takes place in two unnamed cities, ASIAcity and EUcity. The identity of ASIAcity will be quite easily guessed by many people I think. Not so, EUcity, although there are enough clues to let one take a good guess at which country it is in (actually, it makes for quite a good detective story trying to work it out ;)
First the author describes her early years in ASIAcity (an equal mix of happy and sad memories I think), then the incredible story of their escape, which involves ... no, wait, don't want to give the game away! ;)
Then later, she tells of the heartless treatment at the hands of people only to happy to exploit someone who has already lost almost everything. Again, without spoiling anything, I'll just say there is, in the end, some light at the end of the dark tunnel!
So anyone looking to get a taste of the real life, gritty experiences which i imagine are all too common for the world's many displaced peoples, should start right here with this book. [by Dazzer]
When i read this book i can't stop my mind asking Why?This fabulous real story is decrypting the secrets of Human-beings in this gloomy world. When i read this book i can't stop my mind asking Why?! And for what sin that little innocent Lily is condemned to tolerate incredible tortures?! And most ridiculous and confusable thing is, that happened in the center of Cradle of new civilization.. i think by reading this painful story, every one asks about meaning and renaming of following useless words. finally people analyze that these attractive words are nothing but barely words. Fate, Destiny, Justice, Rulers, Pioneers, Defenders of Human rights and other relevant organizations are not more than an ugly dark inks in the face of white innocent paper.. only God helped this little Lily by sending a protector angel (Mom) to create a ladder from these terrible obstacles in order to transfer the bitter experiences to the others and become a justice sound of people who have no voice to cry against brutality and injustice. Freedom is best but least people know that it has same fate everywhere!!! The little Lily has come from "Mesopotamia" the cradle of ancient civilization. she belong to the long road of history,she is continuing her liabilities. the little Lily has come from sky to tell us about love and peace, she is a safe box, full of memories. [by Behrooz]
Wake up Call for the WestIf asked 'Name the first thing that comes into your mind when Switzerland (in this book called EUcity) is mentioned, most people would probably pick from either 'cheese', 'watches', 'chocolate' or even 'Roger Federer'! 'A Gilded Cage' would probably be last on that list, if at all.
This book presents the reader with a disturbingly new view of Europe. It follows the fortunes (or misfortunes to be exact) of a mother and daughter escaping from their hometown Asiacity at the time of a terrible war amidst personal family problems as well as the obvious economic ramifications of this large scale war. It describes their arduous journey to EUcity, where they hope to be given an opportunity for a new beginning and to conduct a peaceful and tranquil life as contributing members of society in the country that prides itself on exactly that, and where the main bulk of the story takes place. They soon find out that things are not exactly as they imagined...
Written with a unique 'punch' and in first hand prospective by Lily, the daughter part of the mother/daughter duo, the book describes their extraordinary story with heartfelt innocence and genuine emotion of a young girl. As well as documenting their attempts for social integration, it explores their fascinating tale on the inter-personal level. I found myself unwillingly drawn into this story and feeling Lily's heartbeat every step of the way - something that not many books manage to achieve.
Needless to say that as pure dramatical roller-coaster this book is extremely readable (would probably make a great movie). But more seriously, it should open the eyes of the reader to a disturbing reality that is seemingly taking place in a modern, western and progressive European country and could in fact be happening right under our very noses wherever we might be. Namely, that behind the veil of bureaucracy there is an unsavoury hidden agenda to exploit the plight of the most vulnerable section of a so called equal-opportunities and advanced western social system. An agenda to make them feel unwanted and unwelcome and drive them out of, or at best, to the brink of the social system. To say anymore would ruin the effect. Buy it - you won't be disappointed! [by Elli K.]
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