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From a Crooked Rib
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Penguin USA
Publication date June 27, 2006
Pages 163
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780143037262
ISBN-10 0143037269
Dimensions 0.25 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.35 lbs.
Original list price $15.00
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Summary
A shocking debut novel by the acclaimed African writer recounts the story of Elba and of a rural girl's life and unhappy marriage in Mogadishu, in a celebration of the human spirit and a challenge to male chauvinism. Original. 15,000 first printing.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Written with complete conviction from a woman's point of view, Nuruddin Farah's spare, shocking first novel savagely attacks the traditional values of his people yet is also a haunting celebration of the unbroken human spirit. Ebla, an orphan of eighteen, runs away from her nomadic encampment in rural Somalia when she discovers that her grandfather has promised her in marriage to an older man. But even after her escape to Mogadishu, she finds herself as powerless and dependent on men as she was out in the bush. As she is propelled through servitude, marriage, poverty, and violence, Ebla has to fight to retain her identity in a world where women are "sold like cattle."

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from Penguin USA (June 27, 2006)
9780143037262 | details & prices | 163 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.25 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $15.00
About: A shocking debut novel by the acclaimed African writer recounts the story of Elba and of a rural girl's life and unhappy marriage in Mogadishu, in a celebration of the human spirit and a challenge to male chauvinism.
New edition from Gardners Books (November 27, 2003)
9780141187174 | details & prices | 192 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $22.10
About: 'God created woman from a crooked rib and anyone who trieth to straighten it, breaketh it' (Somali traditional proverb).
from Heinemann (June 1, 1970)
9780435900809 | details & prices | List price $6.50
About: 'God created woman from a crooked rib and anyone who trieth to straighten it, breaketh it' Somali Traditional ProverbFROM A CROOKED RIB is a beautiful, sparse, subtle account of the experience of a girl named Ebla, who runs away from her rural family, settles in Mogadishu, the capital, and marries an educated man with unhappy results.

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