Burned Alive

Burned Alive By Souad, Burned Alive When Souad was seventeen she fell in love 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 This was her crime Her
  • Title: Burned Alive
  • Author: Souad
  • ISBN: 9780553816303
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Paperback
  • Burned Alive By Souad, When Souad was seventeen she fell in love 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 This was her crime Her brother in law was given the task of arranging her punishment One morning while Souad was washing the family s clothes, he crept up on her, poured petrol over her and setWhen Souad was seventeen she fell in love 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 This was her crime Her brother in law was given the task of arranging her punishment One morning while Souad was washing the family s clothes, he crept up on her, poured petrol over her and set her alight.In the eyes of their community he was a hero An execution for a crime of honour was a respectable duty unlikely to bring about condemnation from others It certainly would not have provoked calls for his prosecution More than five thousand cases of such honour killings are reported around the world each year and many take place that we hear nothing about.Miraculously, Souad survived rescued by the women of her village, who put out the flames and took her to a local hospital Horrifically burned, and abandoned by her family and community, it was only the intervention of a European aid worker that enabled Souad to receive the care and sanctuary she so desperately needed and to start her life again She has now decided to tell her story and uncover the barbarity of honour killings, a practice which continues to this day.Burned Alive is a shocking testimony, a true story of almost unbelievable cruelty It speaks of amazing courage and fortitude and of one woman s determination to survive It is also a call to break the taboo of silence that surrounds this most brutal of practices and which ignores the plight of so many other women who are also victims of traditional violence.
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    1. Souad

      Souad is the pen name of a Palestinian woman who is believed to be living in Europe Burned Alive is her memoir.

    634 thoughts on “Burned Alive”

    1. Attention everyone THIS IS NOT A REAL MEMOIR This is a fictional story which was dressed up as a memoir, and the alleged author may not even exist I was suspicious of it when I read it because the book described things which were, quite frankly, impossible NO ONE could survive burns over 90% of their body without immediate and good medical treatment For that matter, I doubt anyone could survive being burned that badly even if they got the best medical attention right away I looked the book up on [...]

    2. I honestly don t know how to rate this book I don t know if it s a true story, nothing can prove it If it wasn t I would give it a star and less if I could for using a situation like this to make money.Souad is a girl born in a traditional small village in Palestine Girls were worth less than a cow in the eyes of society Women have no rights, they are only slaves of men They can beat you, hurt you, kill you and no one will say a word It is okay because they are men and the women must have done s [...]

    3. I am so glad I have read this book I also do not believe it has anything to do with religion as much as cultures 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 Women have had to fight to get our rights everywhere, it is much slower in isolated places like this The women do not know better so they just accept it Also, as another journaller mentioned, women are beaten and murdered here in the states There are still men here wh [...]

    4. When I first read this book years ago, I was drawn totally into the story I feel differently after reading a lot of other reviews and sadly came to the conclusion that perhaps this is not true IF Souad exists, I wish she could come out and hold a press conference Sometimes that is not possible, but I wish that she could do this However, I remind myself that whether Souad does or does not exist, such things do happen frequently to women in the world, and we can t let any disappointment in a book [...]

    5. What a book full of crap I can t believe that people bought it under the impression that it was a real story based on real facts It s obviously fiction, and not pretty good It was a major punishment for me to read the whole book, and was just hoping that it will finish as soon as possible I would have thrown out the book way before half way through the book, but wanted to see what s the end with our Souad and her dreadful way of being as pessimistic as she possibly can.Being from the Middle East [...]

    6. Since I am a reader with Arabic background, i see this book representing our Past precisely, where women used to be treated as slaves I can not say that all Aravic countries had treated women the same way it was described in this book But, i can say that most of it was true What I did not like is that Souad did not mention the good things about being raised in Arabic County Overall, it is a short story that will bring hate, anger happiness to your heart at the same time.

    7. Does this ever happen to you You re in a lull in time, bored, just thinking And then your brain for no other reason than to be weird shoots a random memory or thought in your head These little snippets are usually things like book or movie synopses It always happens to me As an afterthought I was thinking about a book I read a few years ago about a young girl in the Middle East who was doused in kerosene and set on fire to protect her family s honor So the day I am writing this, I was looking th [...]

    8. This was a harrowing book to read To think that in this day and age people can act so barbaric and commit unspeakable crimes against loved ones is truly horrendous I am so stunned at Souad s story that I don t feel I could do her justice by writing my own review What this woman has been through is atrocious, frightful, appalling and extremely sad I wouldn t want in any way to shame Souad or make her feel that I said something in my review to hurt her feelings so I will leave you with the synopsi [...]

    9. eu at que tinha gostado mais ou menos do livro at descobrir que s o mem rias falsas Sou mesmo burrinha, tendo queimado 70% ou 90% do corpo bvio que ela n o sobreviveria dahhh x.Acho desprez vel escreverem uma hist ria bem pesada, cheia de acontecimentos horr veis como se fosse uma hist ria ver dica.

    10. Ok I am a little confused and gave this book a 5 star rating thinking it was true but have come to find out that most likly this is not a true account so I am giving it one star If it is true then its a five star.

    11. This is either a hoax or a badly written memoir, incompletely recalled by the subject of this story, or purposefully altered to protect her identity Some details just don t add up Although the dynamics of the rural patriarchal family are spot on and the cruelty of the honor code is indisputable, there is something false here that refuses to be dispelled My reactions are mixed On the one hand I fully understand Souad s fate and the horrors of her experience On the other hand, I feel that this boo [...]

    12. Even knowing there is a lot of controversy over whether this is a true story or not, due to this author bringing the all too true plight of oppressed Muslim women to our attention I give it 5 stars That being said,I find it highly unlikely that anyone being burned over 90% of the body and receiving inadequate medical attention would of survived maybe that part was exaggerated somewhat for the book and could I blame her for thatwhat a horrible outrage the rest of her story I do find believable, e [...]

    13. Superba carte Nu ma asteptam sa fie atat de buna si sa transmita atat de bine emotiile, durerea, disperarea, toate sentimentele si incercarile la care a fost supusa aceasta femeie.

    14. Mi a pl cut foarte mult aceast carte, mai ales felul n care a fost scris , sunt unele persoane care consider c nu este o memorie adev rat i chiar dac este fictiv sau nu ea este scris a a fel nc t s te ntrebi dac este adev rat Ce s a nt mplat n via a lui Souad te poate ntrista ns te i nva unele lucruri Felul ei de a lupta m a fascinat Dac este fictiv sau nu aceast poveste este una foarte frumoas ce merit citit , povestit i ar tat lumii.

    15. Souad hears of a possible arranged marriage to a neighbour and after spying on him, finds him attractive enough to start contact with As she falls in love with him she reluctantly agrees to have sex with him and falls pregnant, to the disgust and shame of her family 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 But a future of agony and fear await her as her family still want her to die, and her only hope [...]

    16. Aku baru tahu dari novel ini bahwa ada budaya di timur tengah sana yang membakar anak perempuannya sendiri benarkah nyata masih tanda tanya bagiku Membaca novel ini memang bikin miris Kok bisa ada budaya yang sekeji itu Namun menjelang akhir buku ini aku sedikit kecewa.Novel ini kurang mengupas di wilayah konflik batin souad untuk hidup Perjuangannya dalam mengadaptasi budaya yang sangat berbeda Perjuangannya menjadi mampu baca dan tulis serta berbahasa perancis, dan.terutama kisah perjalanan ci [...]

    17. Not sute if it is a true memoir of the said author or a fiction work based on some culture and tradition.Honour killing is nothing new though, and there are cases happening in some cultures and belief But for this book itself, till what extent it is true or a real memoir is unsure.

    18. Be thankful if you do not live in the country where Souad grew up It s shameful how women are still treated in some parts of the world.

    19. Stunning Powerful How the human spirit can overcome A wonderfully upsetting book that everyone should read.

    20. Baisu, bet perskai ius man per asi mintis tai kaip atsiranda fanatikai, teroristai ir visi kiti, kurie dabar iurpina pasaul i puoliais Ir tik jimas ia niekuo d tas, jei mogus nuo pat ma dien auga inodamas , kad nu udyt seser visi kai normalus darbas, kaip kad suvalgyt sriubos auk t , tai kas yra jam udyt kit tautybi mones d lto , kad ne alach garbin , ar odos spalva kitokia Tr kumas i silavinimo, netik , i kraipyti papro iai, besitesiantis am i am ius, blogas aukl jimas ir sukuria tuos pabaisas. [...]

    21. 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 Common characteristics are the wide range of rules by which females must abide to avoid being killed , family agreement to commit the act, and attempts to make the killing look accidental Souad at 17 was condemned by her family when she became pregnant by the boy next door, which occurred because she fervently hoped and believed that he would marr [...]

    22. I stumbled across an article by Th r se Taylor, an Australian historian, who debated the authenticity of Souad s memoir by pointing out numerous medical, historical and cultural inconsistencies in the book.She writes, An important point to note is that Burned Alive is a work of recovered memory None of the reviewers who praised this book found it worthwhile to mention, but it is a very pertinent detail Souad did not always know of the events she recounts The you read Taylor s article and see ho [...]

    23. I was very interested in this book, until I read the reviews and realized it is fake Why would I waste my time reading a fake memoir Ugh I also found this According to the book, Souad forgot about the incident for two decades until it was recovered through repressed memory therapy Th r se Taylor, an Australian historian, has pointed out numerous medical, historical and cultural inconsistencies in the book that put its authenticity in doubt.Souad claims to have survived the attempt without medica [...]

    24. This book was so horrible to the soul So heart wrenching, so tear worthy, with a realistic view on a the life of dear Souad, who only wanted to be loved than anything in the world.I finished this book with tears sprawling, adoring the way SOUAD wrote so cleverly, so deeply, retelling the life which no one could have ever known without this book.I am relieved to say that, as a twelve year old, I took so much away from this book politics, the corruption of some families, and the lives that are lo [...]

    25. Okay, I don t want to seem rude, but I don t like these kind of books very much it s always about a woman who falls in love with some guy, they have sex run away together, she dishonor s her family acording to the laws of her country, he doesn t really care and disappears, the parents get nuts and try to kill her All these kind of books seem to say the same thing over and over again And don t get me wrong these women really suffer and I actually think this is barbarian and something should be do [...]

    26. It amazed me how Souad, the Palestinian victim of the so called honor crime, proudly disseminated her story, wanting it to pass from one country to another The story of a girl who was punished by her own family for simply seeking Love Luckily, she received the aid needed from a Swiss organization to survive Even though I found the book interesting to read, some details were unnecessary The writer was a bit discursive in some parts Yet, it did not really affect my curiosity throughout my reading. [...]

    27. Finished this book yesterday.I liked it but mostly the beginning.I had a lot of questions and was interested in how she would cope in Europe, but suddenly she was married and such It felt like big parts were skipped.This book also made me angry cause right now we have problems with people from Arabic countries who immigrated to our countries but despise us.

    28. The shocking, true story of one woman s escape from an honor killing A truly heart breaking, heroic story of a Palestinian women who suffered a lot by her family due to customs She now lives somewhere in Europe with Antonio, her Italian husband, her son and her two beautiful daughters.I strongly recommend it

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