January 3rd, 2013
Half The Sky: A Book Review
Half The Sky, a novel written by Pulitzer Prize winning couple Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, has been soaring of the bookshelves as of late. The book was published by the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group on June 1st, 2010 and holds 320 pages of inspiring stories of extraordinary women. It is classified as a nonfiction, gender studies novel that brings the tyranny against women to light. The main reasoning for this novel is to spread the word against cruelty on young women and girls in third world countries. While many people around the world are joining in the movement, I will go into detail on both the positive and negative aspects of this book. Then you, the reader, will decide whether to read or not read the novel, but for those who do, I hope you become a part of the movement, Half The Sky.
In the novel, readers are faced with many issues that are running rapid worldwide. The book and film take readers to unusual countries, where the distress of women is becoming unbearable. Some of those countries include Cambodia, Kenya, India, Sierra Leone, Somaliland, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Liberia, and even the United States. By broadcasting the bravery of women and girls, who rise above their circumstances, shows that there is a light at the end of this tunnel of suppression. Talking about the nations individually in a negative way, may leave you with a bad taste in your mouth about these countries. This review is not to judge any of these countries and their shortcomings. It is to bring specific issues to the surface that are being handled improperly. Forced Prostitution, Maternal Mortality and the lack of a good Education, are the three main issues that need to be reversed in order for the healing process to begin.
Forced prostitution is an issue that no country can escape. It can happen anywhere and at anytime. There are many reasons why these young women and girls are forced into...