Disfigured: A Saudi Woman's Story of Triumph over Violence

For over six years, Rania Al Baz was the smiling face of a family program on Saudi television She was a young, beautiful Saudi TV news anchor the first woman to have such a job when her abusive husband beat her into a coma and left her for dead She later underwent thirteen operations to reconstruct her face When she agreed to make horrifying pictures of her ravaged faceFor over six years, Rania Al Baz was the smiling face of a family program on Saudi television She was a young, beautiful Saudi TV news anchor the first woman to have such a job when her abusive husband beat her into a coma and left her for dead She later underwent thirteen operations to reconstruct her face When she agreed to make horrifying pictures of her ravaged face public, her story sparked general criticism of Saudi culture A month later, the first Saudi research into domestic violence began at King Saud University in Riyadh.
Disfigured A Saudi Woman s Story of Triumph over Violence For over six years Rania Al Baz was the smiling face of a family program on Saudi television She was a young beautiful Saudi TV news anchor the first woman to have such a job when her abusive husban

  • Title: Disfigured: A Saudi Woman's Story of Triumph over Violence
  • Author: Rania Al-Baz Catherine Spencer
  • ISBN: 9781566567350
  • Page: 237
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Disfigured: A Saudi Woman's Story of Triumph over Violence”

    1. This is a pretty compelling story: a young Saudi wife and mother becomes one of the first female TV journalists in the country, and after her husband beats her nearly to death she becomes an activist for women's rights. Domestic violence had been endemic in Saudi Arabia but was pretty much ignored before the attack on Rania Al-baz; her status as a celebrity brought it to the forefront and made headlines around the planet. Rania justly points out that her husband's abuse had nothing to do with re [...]

    2. Though Rania's bruised, and battered face has been splashed all over the world from various media sources I had never seen it, nor had I heard her story. I make it a point not to investigate things further until I'm half way through a book, or finished with it. As soon as I read about the attack on her by her husband I did a google image search, and was instantly in tears at what I saw. This is the story of how an extraordinarily beautiful Saudi woman came to be a famous news broadcaster. In it [...]

    3. An outstanding autobiography written by the first young female Saudi Arabian television journalist about her recovery from a severe battering by her husband that left her with a permanently changed face. I admire this woman's courage, and especially her determination to use her experience to speak out against wife abuse, not just in Saudi Arabia, but all over the world. In this, she is identifying herself not only as a Saudi Arabian woman, but also as a member of world womankind. She is an excel [...]

    4. This book was very well written and translated (from French to English). It became difficult for me to read around pg 50 because I was having a hard time identifying with the author's statements. She kept talking about how she forgave her husband right after he beat her into a coma. Maybe if she had waited until the end, after explaining the story, this would have been easier to grasp. Overall the book was hard to put down and very good. It gives an interesting account of Saudi Arabia from a wom [...]

    5. Violence against women is a serious problem throughout the world, so I do not take the attack by her husband lightly. However, I found her to be a self-centered person who refused to take responsibility for her own decisions. Unlike many women in her country, she was allowed to make decisions that profoundly impacted her life. Yet, when the decisions proved to be poor decisions, it was someone else's fault (usually her dad's). Considering few Saudia Arbian middle class women were given the oppor [...]

    6. I was really drawn into this story and so happy that this Saudi woman lived through a brutal attack. I now wonder what happened to her. Is she still living in France? Did she return to Saudi Arabia? Did she get custody of her children? What happened to her husband. I think an update on this story would be greatly welcomed by many readers.

    7. The crime revealed in this book is heinous and it is necessary that the voices who speak against it come from within the country and culture. However, I found Ms. Al-Baz a very difficult person to connect with. Her narcissism and immaturity detract from the crime she is trying to uncover. Her constant criticism of the reader confused me--did she want my support or did she just want attention?

    8. The review by a guy named Hadji is twisted up in his religious views. The book is beautifully translated by a very well known French-English translator. Hadji lacks any critical skills. It is an embarrassing review.

    9. Bem acho que nunca me atrasei a escrever uma opinião aqui no , principalmente sobre um livro que me tenha fascinado tanto como este. Só agora consegui utilizar a internet e atualizar as coisas aqui. Mas agora vamos ao que realmente interessa. Quando comecei a leitura do "Desfigurada" acreditava profundamente que este seria um dos livros mais difíceis a ler durante este ano, pela sua temática e principalmente por ser uma história real. Mas a verdade é outra. Li este livro muito rápido (e n [...]

    10. I found this book to be really poorly written. Or perhaps poorly translated, to be fair, as I read this book in Dutch. I wonder if Ms Rania used a ghost writer since it was first published in French. What annoyed me the most about the story was her obsession with her looks after being beaten up. "From now on I am a monster, I am ugly." (I googled the pictures - not nearly as bad as her description impies). It would be nice if she could put things in perspective. To me, she comes across as superf [...]

    11. This is a young women 19s story of being married off at a very young age as many young girls are in the Muslim faith. After having a child with her first husband, he divorces her because she acts like a child 26 because that is what she is, a child. She returns to her parents home with her daughter and enrolls in medical school. She also has a friend who gets her into radio and television. She has a great career there because she is young and very beautiful. We know she is young and beautiful be [...]

    12. Once again a memoir that has (somewhat) falsely billed itself. I wouldn't call this a book about her triumph over violence as much as a memoir about her life and her (quite frankly bad) choices. I also think calling herself "disfigured" is slightly misleading. Granted she was beaten badly but when I think of someone being disfigured I think of a permanent state, not one that leaves her looking gorgeous. Okay, maybe that's petty but this book irked me. True she was a victim of a horrific act of v [...]

    13. This book overall was for an interesting insight into Saudi Arabia and the customs within that country and culture. I appreciate the liberties and freedom I have being a New Zealander that is not bound by religious beliefs and prejudice against women. While I can acknowledge the trauma, horror and fear she experienced at the hands of her husband, I can't relate to the decisions and repercussions of choices she made. I know this has alot to with the culture so naturally I can't relate. However I [...]

    14. This was a book I had to read for my gender studies class. This was very informative on how women, in general, are oppressed in Saudi society (even after getting their own jobs and making money). Rania also talks about the stigma of being divorced in Saudi Arabia (and how treatment differs between divorced men and divorced women.I have to write a report and do a presentation on this.I have not much else to sayDecent, quick read. The part about her childhood was a little boring but soon after tha [...]

    15. It was interesting to hear her thoughts about life and about how she dealt with this horrifying situation. The most amazing to me is she accepts this as a test, is very matter of fact and faces it with courage without blame or hate. It's an easy read.

    16. A devastatingly sad book. It needs an editor, but it's so searing and sad that you ignore the writing mistakes. I hope her husband dies painfully for what he did to her, but she was kind enough to spare him punishment.

    17. I found her story about domestic abuse very moving. The courage and tenacity throughout her horrific ordeal are to be admired. What a victory for abused women everywhere!

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