Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail (Oprah's Book Club) Paperback – May 1, A gripping memoir that reads like a political thriller--the story of Malika Oufkir's turbulent and remarkable life. Born in , Malika Oufkir was the eldest daughter of General Oufkir, the. Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail (Oprah's Book Club)Paperback . Years later, in the event that preciptated the story in this book, Oufkir attempted to . Stolen Lives: Twenty Years In A Desert Jail () (original title in French: La Prisonnière or The Prisoner) is an autobiographical book by Malika Oufkir, about a.

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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. One paragraph states they haven't seen each other in years, the next page mentions the sisters cuddling in bed together and the mother spending her days caring for the youngest child.

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They were all starving, literally wasting away, but one sister is "getting fat" and had to be put on a diet. Then there's her descriptions of their terrible physical condition after the escape Milika in particular is striking with her rounded cheeks, bright eyes and well-groomed hair. By the book's end I didn't know what to think.

It's terrible that this family was locked up for their father's crime, but I'm not convinced that their experiences in jail were exactly as the writer describes. The ending is abrupt and I was left with the feeling that something was missing.

I expected some sort of great realization by the writer But no.

She seems perfectly okay with the fact that some people are princesses, some people are slaves who serve said princesses, and that's just how things are.

Milika's outrage is very narrow, reserved entirely for the suffering of herself and her family, and it has the effect of diminishing the entire tale. Stolen Lives: As the right-hand man of king Hassan II in the s and early s, Oufkir led government supervision of politicians, unionists and the religious establishment.

He forcefully repressed political protest through police and military clampdowns, pervasive government espionage, show trials, and numerous extralegal measures such as killings and forced disappearances.

A feared figure in dissident circles, he was considered extraordinarily close to power. One of his victims is believed to have been Mehdi Ben Barka , who was "disappeared" in Paris in A French court convicted him of the murder.

In , Oufkir was named interior minister, vastly increasing his power through direct control over most of the security establishment. After a failed republican military coup in he was named chief of staff and minister of defense, and set about purging the army and promoting his personal supporters.

Stolen lives : twenty years in a desert jail

His domination of the Moroccan political scene was now near-complete, with the king ever more reliant on him to contain mounting discontent. The following year, he turned on the monarchy, ordering the Moroccan air force to open fire at the king's jet and organizing a takeover on the ground.

Hassan survived, however, and some sources indicate he shot Oufkir after securing power. The official line, however, was and is that Oufkir committed suicide upon hearing of the coup's failure.

The book was banned in Morocco , but it is now reportedly available.As I said in my review of Freedom, an intellectual understanding of her circumstances is no where near an emotional understanding of what she went through.

Hassan survived, however, and some sources indicate he shot Oufkir after securing power. Get fast, free shipping with site Prime.

siteGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. After 20 years outside time, obviously assimilating back into modern society would be hard, extremely hard.

Zeebra Books 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. My Book Review: You must read this book.

The "years of lead," evoke an era of grayness and lead bullets, "the black years," the times of fear and repression.

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