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, . Read “Burned Alive A Victim of the Law of Men” by Souad with Rakuten Kobo. A year-old girl Get $5 off your first eBook; Get your first audiobook for free. Burned Alive: a Victim of the Law of Men is a best-selling book, ostensibly a first- person account of an attempted honor killing. The author, Souad, is described as a Palestinian woman now living in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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She was not thin like me. If a particular belief, or code of conduct was truly ‘traditional’ to a culture, it would apply throughout the region, regardless of the social, fee, or economic circumstances. No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! Maybe I’m already dead.

To ask other readers questions about Burned Aliveplease sign up. Tears of the Desert. Preview — Burned Alive by Souad. I always had the idea it was in a remote village in Afghanistan or something. Sometimes that is not possible, but I wish that she could do this. Thank you most sincerely.

I would like to concur with Souad’s children; I feel that ‘bearing witness’ and ’empowerment’ means going back to face your enemy, directly or indirectly, in some form or another. What I did know was that we had to hate the Jews, who had taken our land; my father called them halouf, pigs. I don’t know why Hanan was condemned to die. A Daughter’s Deadly Deception. It frankly disgusts me that some person could take advantage of a real, very sad situation — the plight of women in the Middle East — and write this fake, inaccurate and xenophobic “memoir” which preys on Western anxieties and misconceptions, in order to make a buck.


Quotes from Burned Alive. I’m aware there is some degree of doubt as to veracity of this story. Please don’t buy the book and waste time, feeling and energy on a very lame book.

Girls were worth less than a cow in the eyes of society. Souad claims to have survived the attempt without medical assistance despite having burns to 70 percent of her body – a medical impossibility a alice release by the publisher of the US edition increased that figure to an even less plausible 90 percent.

We came back from the fields, and found my mother lying on the floor on a free. A family member, determined to reclaim the honor of their family and their village, attempted the honor crime in which Souad nearly died.

I slept, my head still stuck to my chest, as it was when I was on fire.

Review: Memoir: Burned Alive by Souad Bantam | The Sunday Times

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. If he came, he could only enter by that door. Archived from the original on April 22, Want to Read saving…. Set up a giveaway. I dropped the laundry into the basin. Jun 16, Cindy rated it did not like it. Three or four days later, I still hadn’t eaten or drunk anything since being admitted to hospital.

I didn’t know who she was. I can’t believe that people bought it under the impression that it was a real story based on real facts! If I named my village, I could be in danger, even though I am now thousands of miles away. The possibility of our mother dying preoccupied us more than the death of a sister, because there were always other sisters.

Souad is a girl born in a traditional small village in Palestine. Taylor concludes her analysis by saying that she thinks it is likely that Souad no longer knows who she is or how she came to be burned. It was really sad, naturally, but a real tribute to the strength of the human spirit, burnd well as the love and charity some people extend to others of the human race. I was 18 by then and had grown to souzd village weddings because all the girls made fun of me.

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A girl must be married before she can raise her eyes and look straight ahead, or go into a shop, or pluck her eyebrows and wear jewellery. Later, on a hospital bed, I was curled up in a ball under a sheet.

Review: Memoir: Burned Alive by Souad Bantam

I was so uncomfortable xlive that bed, the object of everyone’s scorn; I didn’t understand how anyone could help me. They arrange to have her killed by covering her in petrol and setting her on fire and only the intervention of other women saves budned life. And if they did, when would it be? And I heard Noura say to her: IF Souad exists, I wish she could come out and hold a press conference.

It is decided at a family meeting, and on the fatal day the parents are never present.

There were also two half-sisters, by our father’s second wife, who were still children. In my village I am officially dead; if I were to go back today they would try to kill me a second time for the honour of my family.

This wasn’t usual in my family; you walked fast, you worked fast, you ran out to bring the animals. So by marriage, a girl can get her freedom even if her husband would still beat her deadly but at least, she can go out alone. Did he run after me? I would be a woman with a husband!