- Paperback: 211 pages
- Publisher: Bantam Books; Edition Unstated edition (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: 2.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,335,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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FORBIDDEN LOVE: A Harrowing Story of Love and Revenge in Jordan Paperback – 2003
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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.
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.
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 ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well, when I picked up this book to read, the first thing I noticed is that this has been marked as 'Non Fiction'. Read morePublished on November 15, 2007 by Sumita Chavli
I read this book in 2 hours, I could'nt put it down. Despite that it was a good read there are parts where I thought maybe it was a little exaggerated. Read morePublished on December 14, 2006 by Ranoush
I thought the book was great. Regardless of whether or not this is something the author went through or not, it is probably a true story for many. Read morePublished on December 3, 2006 by Desearee Rodriguez
As I read Ms. Khouri's account of life in Jordan, I had the oddest sense, call it a gut feeling, that this was phony. Read morePublished on September 7, 2006 by Joan Zaratian
Love is a subject that attracts any person.Ms Norma presented in a special way and she convinced her readers that "Forbidden Love" was based on a true story? Read morePublished on January 14, 2005 by Agnes Crystal
I don't understand why people don't view the book in a more favourable light. What if this book isn't a hoax? Read morePublished on September 9, 2004 by Sia