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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He took my mother by the arm and made her leave the room. This article is about the book. In fact it was a cowardly murder. Did she go out alone? He promised to talk to my father.

So, well, this book is not for the weak-hearted. One morning while Souad was washing the family’s clothes, he crept up on her, poured petrol over her and set When Souad was seventeen she fell in love.

But I still think, it all still depends on the mentality of the people involved, regardless of gender. You could hear the crying. I now live in Europe, where I am married to a good man, Antonio. Women suffer the most from this insecurity.

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. I must have been less than 10; Noura, my elder sister, was with me. A hand passed over my face without touching it. Autobiographies Biography book stubs. It is decided at a family meeting, and on the fatal day the parents are never present. They arrange to have her killed by covering her in petrol and setting her on fire and only the intervention of other women saves her life.


I was very interested in this book, until I read the reviews and realized it is fake! He grabbed the glass from her hand and banged it down on the windowsill. A staggering number of women and girls are killed each year, by members of their own families, in a practice collectively referred to as honor killing.

I was hopeful all the same, every evening, of seeing him appear out of nowhere, as he had before, to the left or right of the ravine where I hid. Written in simple prose, Souad tells us the story of life in their village. Namun menjelang akhir buku ini aku sedikit kecewa. The girls and women in the other houses were beaten regularly, too.

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Her story, and her personality, have deeply moved people all across France. I began to stand, then walk in the corridors and to use my hands. You’re in a lull in time, bored, just thinking. But a future of agony and fear await her as her family still want her to die, and her only h Souad hears of a possible arranged marriage to a neighbour and after spying on him, finds him attractive enough to start contact with.

It wasn’t the nurse.

My father, I later learned, burndd made her promise that they would never see me again: A seventeen years old girl who dreams of being wed to serve her husband and most of laive, be free. The one male child of the family, who was born in glory among all these daughters, was our brother Assad.

As long as I lived with my parents, I feared I would die suddenly. Quotes from Burned Alive. Now in permanent exile from her homeland, she has decided to tell zlive story and reveal the barbarity of a practice that continues to this day. Sep 28, Loveliest Evaris rated it really liked it Shelves: Views Read Edit View history. For the concept of burning alive, see Death by burning.


I wanted him to know that I was waiting, too.

The next day, she is doing the laundry in the courtyard of the house. 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. He came towards me and said, with a smile: I still feel guilty for making this choice, but I knew he was happy, and he knew I was alive.

So far, there is no independent evidence to support the publisher’s claim that the book is based on a true story or even that Souad exists at all. In our country, the women always go for the hair.

Burned Alive

To view it, click here. Some details just don’t add up. And “halouf” isn’t even a word. Suddenly I felt a cold liquid running over my head; I was on fire. This was a harrowing book to read! This book was so horrible to the soul! Maybe Soad already dead.

Compiled by Martin Chilton. On the one hand I fully understand Souad’s fate and the horrors of her experience. I am still Muslim, but I retain few of the customs of my village.

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