Aman

Aman

The Story of A Somali Girl

Book - 1994
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This is the extraordinary first-person account of a young woman's coming of age in Somalia and her struggles against the obligations and strictures of family and society.  By the time she is nine, Aman has undergone a ritual circumcision ceremony; at eleven, her innocent romance with a white boy leads to a murder; at thirteen she is given away in an arranged marriage to a stranger.  Aman eventually runs away to Mogadishu, where her beauty and rebellious spirit leads her to the decadent demimonde of white colonialists.  Hers is a world in which women are both chattel and freewheeling entrepreneurs, subject to the caprices of male relatives, yet keenly aware of the loopholes that lead to freedom.  Amanis an astonishing history, opening a window onto traditional Somali life and the universal quest for female self-awareness.  
Publisher: Toronto : Knopf Canada, 1994
Edition: 1st Canadian ed. --
ISBN: 9780394280370
0394280377
Branch Call Number: 305.4092 Aman 05ad 01
Characteristics: xiii, 349 p. :,map
Additional Contributors: Boddy, Janice 1951-
Barnes, Virginia Lee

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