Summary

'All the men I did get to know, every single one of them, has filled me with but one desire: to lift my hand and bring it smashing down on his face. But because I am a woman, I have never had the courage to lift my hand. And because I am a prostitute, I hid my fear under layers of make-up.'
So begins Firdaus' story, leading to her grimy Cairo prison cell, where she welcomes her death sentence as a relief from her pain and suffering. Born to a peasant family in the Egyptian countryside, Firdaus suffered a childhood of cruelty and neglect. Her passion for education was ignored by her family, and on leaving school she was forced to marry a much older man.
Following her escapes from violent relationships, she finally met Sharifa, who told her that 'a man does not know a woman's value; the higher you price yourself, the more he will realise what you are really worth' and led her into a life of prostitution. Desperate and alone, she took drastic action.
Saadawi's searing indictment of society's brutal treatment of women continues to resonate today. This classic audiobook has been an inspiration to countless people across the world.
©1975 Nawal el Saadawi (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
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3 out of 5 stars
By Chassidy on 19-08-17

Not exactly what I expected...

Would you listen to another book narrated by Laura Hanna?

No, I did not enjoy her performance.

Was Woman at Point Zero worth the listening time?

It took me a very long time to finish because I did not enjoy it that much.

Any additional comments?

I had wanted to read this story for several years now, but in the end it was not exactly what I had expected. The last two chapters were the best part of the book in my opinion. Perhaps I would've had a better experience with this book in the Kindle format.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 11-07-18

Poetic, Tragic, Provacative

This book definitely made me cry. It is written like an epic poem, and yet, so simply, is the story of a woman - of all women in some way. The narrator of this audio book is not my favorite, since she can only perform 2 voices in a story with many characters. But the story itself makes it worthwhile to endure. 5/5 would recommend

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