Buy Used
$6.99
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by Cherokee Books
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Some Use Wear, SPINE n PAGES CRISP CLEAN n TIGHT ** LIKE NEW **
Add to Cart
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

FORBIDDEN LOVE: A Harrowing Story of Love and Revenge in Jordan Paperback – January 1, 2003


Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback, January 1, 2003
"Please retry"
$60.56 $0.74
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Product Details

  • Paperback: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1863253483
  • ISBN-13: 978-1863253482
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,562,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

2.6 out of 5 stars
5 star
3
4 star
2
3 star
0
2 star
1
1 star
6
See all 12 customer reviews
Please research the allegations against her before you buy this book.
Wendy Bayer
I really enjoyed Honor Lost until I just found out it was not a true story.
B. Spitzer
Interestingly, the more expository parts of the book were better written.
Joan Zaratian

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Karlson on September 15, 2004
Indeed! There was no need for us in Jordan to wait for an Australian reporter to reach this conclusion. We knew it all along!

I am a Western reviewer from Amman, a far more pleasant place than the author was willing to admit in her book! The author described Jordanian women as if they have only two choices: Stay in Jordan and be enslaved or move to the West and be free.

Now we know how false is this description and how fake is the author herself!

In 1977, the American author Alex Haley devised the term `faction' -to define a writing that is part fact and part fiction- when he was asked to describe the nature of his book `Roots' because it did not hold under historical scrutiny.

The ensuing question was then: Is this book, with its content and characters, a work of faction or (worse) of fiction?

The recent revelations about this book have answered this question: This book is so full of contradictions -within itself- and so full of lies and fabrications -about its Jordanian settings and people- that it could not stand the meticulous scrutiny of an enterprising and dedicated Australian journalist willing to check, independently and objectively, all the facts surrounding this `forbidden love' story that never happened!

To your readers, may I suggest two alternative books to this fake book, for a serious, informative and definitely non-fictional study about women in Jordan? They are both written by women and are both available in Amazon:

* `The Veil and the Male Elite' by Fatima Mernissi.

* `Women and Gender in Islam' by Leila Ahmed.

Regards.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ishmael on July 24, 2004
Khouri's real name is Norma Majid Khouri Michael Al-Bagain Toliopoulos, and she only lived in Jordan until she was three years old. She has a US passport and lived from 1973 until 2000 in Chicago. She is married with two children, 13 and 11. She has four American siblings and a mother who are desperate to hear news from her. But she has managed to conceal this double life from her publishers, her agent, lawyers in several continents, the Australian Department of Immigration and, until now, the public.

(...)
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By B. Spitzer on August 6, 2004
I really enjoyed Honor Lost until I just found out it was not a true story. Now I would like to get my money returned to me for

buying a book that was not sold as fiction. Anyone have any suggestions how we all should do this?

I never would have purchased this fairy tale.

Shame on you Norma.

Roseamond In Pa.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Prue Cunningham on October 18, 2004
Khouri allegedly wrote Forbidden Love, a vivid autobiography, in memory of the tragic loss of her best friend. She said that she was searching for a way to spread the knowledge of an Arabic ancient tradition "honour killing". Norma allegedly wanted the silent cries for equity to be heard throughout the world. She wanted the novel to gather support and help readers understand what is happening in other parts of the world.

After opening this novel it is very hard to put it down. It is the story of a beautiful young Islamic woman, Dalia, living in an Arabic country, called Jordan. She lives by the very strict rules of her Muslim family where honour killings are performed by family tradition. At the age of 25 Dalia unexpectedly falls in love conducting an affair in utmost secrecy. This is all done with the help of her lifetime best friend, Norma. However seeing Michael is putting her life at great risk and when her brother reports seeing Dalia in the company of a non-Muslim young man this true love story ends in an emotional tragedy.

The publication details that accompanied my copy of this book said that after publishing this book Khouri was allegedly forced to flee her country and is living in Australia for her own safety. She was threatened by her family for "shaming them in public".

I initially was shocked by this incredible tale and would have recommended Forbidden Love to adolescents and adults of all ages. I thought that it would also It would also be of some interest to male readers because they would be surprised and shocked to learn of such a different way of life and attitude towards women

However whilst I wrote this review I was not aware of the allegations towards Norma Khouri.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Researcher on August 17, 2004
Random House, the Australian publishers of this best selling book by Jordanian author Norma Khouri on Firday announced its decision to permanently withdraw the book from sale after she failed to provide evidence that her book was a true story.

Her story proved to be an hoax after long & thorough investigation, and the Sydney Morning Herald in Australia had indicated that the author actually left Jordan when she was only three years old!!!

Random House announced Friday that it had cut its ties with the author Norma Khouri and her book, saying "We appologise to booksellers and readers who purchased Norma's book beleiving it was a true story" The Herald reported.

I extremely hope that www.amazon.com bares its responsibility as the most reputable online marketplace, and withdraw this book from its online shopping website and appologising for the readers and buyers of this book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Images

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search