The meaning of women’s rights varies with nationality and culture. For Souad, who grew up in the late s in a tiny, remote village in the Palestinian Territory, . Review: Memoir: Burned Alive by Souad Bantam. MARGARETTE DRISCOLL. May 16 , am, The Sunday Times. Press £ pp At the tender age. Burned Alive is the first true account ever published by a victim of an “honor crime.” Souad’s inspiring testimony is a shocking, moving, and.

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That well was my greatest terror, and my mother’s too. There are still men I am so glad I have read this book. They were told that they would not live beyond seventeen…they Film 50 great quotes about acting.

Review: Memoir: Burned Alive by Souad Bantam

She pulled roughly on the fabric and the pain jolted me. I could feel something strange between my legs.

See all 5 questions about Burned Alive…. I burnned that someday, it will be taboo there, too, and there will be less of this all over the world. I was afraid of going up a ladder when my father was below. He had been found in an orphanage, where the hospital had sent him because I was expected to die.

Burned Alive by Souad

I recommend reading the book even if you don’t believe this particular story. I also found this: Everything is a constant struggle: Souad claims to have survived the attempt without medical assistance despite having burns to 70 allive of her body – a medical impossibility a press release by the publisher of the US edition increased that figure to an even less plausible 90 percent.

I say it is shocking but actually I have read so many stories like this that I feel I am becoming hardened to their content.


Archived from the original on April 22, And what if Father has killed Mother? I found this to be a disturbing account of what can happen to a woman who “breaks the law” in a country where women have no rights.

I don’t feel particularly enlightened after finishing the book. Lists with This Book.

It was my father who came towards me, on a washing day, his cane striking the ground of the courtyard. It does shed light to the issue of honor killing in the West Bank. Jun 24, Saleh MoonWalker rated it liked it Shelves: In her village, as in so many others, sex before marriage was considered a grave dishonour to one’s family and was punishable by death.

Burned Alive: A Victim of the Law of Men

What so many of us in the modern world seem to forget is that the rest of the world does not “progress” at the same rate. Girls were worth less than a cow in the eyes of society. According to the book, she forgot about the incident for two decades until it was recovered through repressed memory therapy. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Souad did not always know of the events she recounts. They beat at me, I gurned with their scarves. Views Read Edit View history. I couldn’t comprehend what I had heard.

A rare testimony about domestic violence and the mechanism of psychological control. But a girl must wait her turn in the family to be married. Why would I waste my time reading a fake memoir? I would endure the fate of all women who sully the honour of men. He said I should wait – “Until I give you a sign. How can this prohibition be a ‘tradition’ or a ‘cultural matter’ when just across the border other Arab societies don’t enforce the same restriction.


Suddenly I felt a cold liquid running over my head; I was on fire.

Finished this book yesterday. And it’s all about honor their.

He saw me and I knew he understood, although he made no sign and not a word was spoken. Was it on fire, too? One day he placed his hand on alivd thigh.

And even more miraculous to have given birth all alone later in the hospital where she was left to die. Very badly written, dragged on forever, the ending was still as bad as you would feel throughout the book, and you would wish that somewhere somehow Souad would show some sort of gratitude toward her new life. Autobiographies Biography book stubs. Where I come burjed, being born a girl is a curse: Terribly burnt, Souad was saved by a miracle.

My brother went to school, but the girls did not. Sex and getting pregnant before marriage is a grave dishonor for some if not all Muslim countries. More than five thousand cases of such honour vurned are reported around the world each year and many more take place that we hear nothing about. Being from the Middle What a book full of crap!!! I was 18 by then and had grown to hate village weddings because all the girls made fun of me.

Later, on a hospital bed, I was curled up in a ball under a sheet.