Burned Alive

Burned Alive

A Victim of the Law of Men

Book - 2004
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Souad was a 17-year-old girl living in a small village in Jordan. With a childhood marked by hard labor and physical abuse at the hands of her father, who is humiliated by the birth of many daughters and only one son, Souad is desperate to leave home. Enticed into a relationship with a handsome neighbor, her short-lived romance leaves her pregnant. Forbidden to marry until her older sisters find husbands and having brought shame to her family, Souad faces the only acceptable punishment: death. How her family plots to kill her, her harrowing struggle to survive burns over 90% of her body after her brother-in-law douses her with gasoline and sets her on fire, her dramatic escape from Jordan, and her resolve to build a new life for herself is a tale of heartbreaking drama and remarkable courage.
Publisher: New York : Warner Books, c2004
ISBN: 9780446533461
Branch Call Number: 362.8292 SOUAD
Characteristics: 225 p. ; 24 cm


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Apr 29, 2018

To us in the West, this is a horrific story. To the young girls in the Middle East and elsewhere, this is a part of everyday life. Make a small mistake and you will be beaten. Make a bigger mistake and you will most likely be killed. Barbaric.

Feb 04, 2012

This book is a true story detailing this woman's life as she went through it, always subject to the whims of men whereas girls were treated worst than livestock. This book really goes to show how freedom can never be taken for granted and how lucky we are to be able to do the things we do and not live in fear daily--as Souad did. I would sincerely recommend this book to anyone i knew and urge you to give it a try. Overall a life-changing read for me. Loved it, it was raw and truthful in its descriptions and i like how the author always tells the truth how it is to us. Reading through the things she went through at my age is astounding. Amazing, amazing amazing book.

csbryant Apr 17, 2011

Burned Alive: A Victim of the Laws of Men details the life of a young woman growing up in the West Bank. Her village is one where it is normal for men to beat women for small infractions like coming home late from the fields. Unfortunately, Souad has a rendezvous with a man who at one point expressed his desire to marry her. She became pregnant, marring her family’s honour. There was only one reasonable solution for her crime: death. Her parents enlisted the help of her brother-in-law and he set forth to kill Souad. Somehow he butchered the assault, which resulted in Souad being covered in burns.

Now, this book is a result of recovered memory. Souad repressed the events of her past for many years which has resulted in a myriad of inconsistencies. Unfortunately, this has paved the way for people to deem this book a work of fiction. That has become a major focus. Instead of people looking at the story and acknowledging that this is an event that happens on a daily basis, an event where the perpetrator is revered and protected by law, people are debating whether or not the story is true. If you ask me, it does not matter if all the details are correct. If anything, it makes the story more compelling. This woman has suppressed her memories to such an extent that she does not many things about her past life in Palestine.

Despite the controversy surrounding this book, honour killings are a sad reality. Thousands of women are killed in horrific manners every year for actions that we take for granted in the west. This book very well could have been a true story, just move around some of the finer details and you have the horrific reality of far too many people, the debate over whether or not this story is fact or fiction should not take away from that.


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