The Orphan - A Portrait of Courage

Third World Women's issues.

Fiction - Drama
136 Pages
Reviewed on 07/31/2019
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Author Biography

Paul Winston Rice, a Kentucky native, now resides with his wife Elleni, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Paul is a member of the International Society of Poets and The National Authors Registry, a musician and an artist. He has played and sang in several different musical groups.
Paul is also an author with ten books on and for the Kindle reader. Their titles are “The Artistry of Paul W. Rice in Poems That Will Touch Your Heart” “ Voyage Through Innocence” an auto-biographical story of his life . An inspirational book “God’s Not So Odd Couple” about his parents. “A historical Novel “The Orphan – A Portrait of Courage” about women’s issues in Ethiopia. A clinical look at divorce “Remnants of Divorce” Paul has been there three times and this is a book on how to survive. “There Had To Be a Reason” Paul has experienced twelve “near death” incidents and this is about how God miraculously spared his life through all of them. His newest book is “The Why’s of Worship” This is a help book for teenagers needing to find the Lord and how He can help them through the difficult times in their lives and how to avoid hurting themselves to get rid of their pain and guilt. And lastly, a beautifully illustrated series of Children’s books beginning with “Timmy’s First Circus” “The Saga of The Little Blue Egg” and “Hurrah For Saturday” and Oscar the Obstinate Ostrich (new)

    Book Review

Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite

Inspired by Paul W. Rice’s personal experiences in Ethiopia, The Orphan: A Portrait of Courage is an inspiring historical novel about a strong woman named Yodit. Her story begins in 1983, during one of Ethiopia’s worst droughts. An orphan after her father murdered her mother, she grew up in an orphanage with her elder sister, Tutu. Even though Ethiopia was under the influence of the Soviet regime, Yodit tried not to be involved. She studied hard, and after her sister’s death, she took care of her little niece. In the meanwhile, Yodit’s efforts brought her to London, where she completed her studies brilliantly. After a marriage that lasted only one day, she realized she had been mutilated, but she found the courage to go on and became an advocate for women’s rights.

The story of The Orphan is simple and straightforward, but it has a deep, meaningful message. The narration of Yodit’s story is delicate and charming, but nonetheless, it is painful and sad. The account of the tragedies and injustices she had to suffer is vivid, but her courage stands out even better. I am fascinated by the determination of this woman. She can be a model for others, and her vicissitudes should make people reflect. The Orphan is a book that awakens public opinion about the injustices women suffer and is recommended to readers who like to reflect on what they read. I would also like to praise the beautiful images by Ann Olsen. They represent beautiful scenes or unusual objects and embellish the book with graceful taste.