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Nessuno Sceglie Il Mio Destino (2010)

by Amjed Qamar(Favorite Author)
3.67 of 5 Votes: 3
review 1: Under my Mother's Feet by Amjed Qamar is an amzing book about the expectations of a girl in Pakistan. Fourteen year old Nazia is a girl that has a loving family and goes to school at an all girls school. Her family but most importantly her mother is perparing her for her arranged marriage. Her dad is a constuction worker and her mother is a housewife, but sadly one day her dad comes home injured but luckily the mom can still help her family with her sowing job. There is no one to support the family and family matters at home, so things worsen rapidly. Nazia is pulled out of school to look after her younger siblings whilst her mother cleans houses. The workload increases for Nazia's mother and she pulls Nazia in to clean houses as well. Nazia extremely yearns to finish her... more education yet her mother pushes on harder to make her stay ans clean the houses. Later on in the story, Nazia's drowy is stolen, the Father loses the rent money, and sadly they also lose their hose. Read this amazing book to discover what happens to Nazia. I think the theme of this book is that you should always be there to help and support you mother through thick and thin. Nazia cleaned houses with her mother even though she wanted to go to school and even though she had other life plans she wanted to fulfill. Out of 5 stars I give this a book a 3.5. This book I recommend to people to like to read about different cultures around the world and what they expect the women to do .
review 2: "Our lives will always be in the hands of our mothers, whether we like it or not."I bought this young adult’s book for my teenager daughter but couldn’t resist picking it up myself. For anyone looking to escape to another time and age for a short time; it is a recommended journey, though not an overly happy one.It is set in Karachi, Pakistan where life for a fourteen-year-old Muslim girl Nazia comes crashing down around her ears in the blink of an afternoon.She is a normal teenager who is bright at school and hangs out with her friends in her spare time, with one eye on the boys playing cricket in the park.When her father has an accident at work and loses his job, and her older brother disappears into thin air, Nazia’s pending marriage to her cousin from the village is put on hold while she and her mother take up (shamefully) work as maids for the wealthy women on the other side of the city.Things get worse. Her brother steals her dowry and her father has no intention of going back to work, preferring his new-found freedom and being supported in his drinking and gambling habits by the women in his life. Nazia has to face the ugly truth that is her family and grow up overnight.This is a short story you could read in one sitting but is by no means light. For my daughter, who is of a similar age and also has family in Pakistan, I hope it highlights the plight that some children must undergo just to have food on their table each night. On the positive side, it also emphasizes what is attainable in life if you are willing to fight for it, no matter what the barriers may be. less
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A good way to work on your arabic and pakastani geography. It's a good story, but a bit cliched.
Great book for the middle school summer reading assignment.
this book was not that good i did not like it that much
An interesting look at the lives of girls in Pakistan.
ok story... too many characters to keep track of
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