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Honor Lost: Love and Death in Modern-Day Jordan Hardcover – Bargain Price, February 4, 2003
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The author claims in her book (a claim repeated in her review of Queen Noor�s book �Leap of Faith�) that many Jordanian women are in jail for their own protection as they fear that they might be killed by their families. As an Australian of Jordanian descent, I know for a fact that it is indeed true and I believe that it shouldn�t happen as it is plain injustice that we should all fight.
But, by writing so in her book, the author shot unknowingly herself in the foot because, if she was REALLY threatened with death by her OWN family for 5 years, why didn�t she seek the jail�s protection against her family�s �death threat� like the other women? Quite the opposite, she spent the last FIVE YEARS of her life in Jordan AT HOME not in jail �in fear of her family�!
This is yet another undeniable proof that there was NO death threat made against her by her family. In fact, as two reviewers already noticed, her family belongs to a social upper class that does not believe in honour killing. Somehow, she �forgot� to mention this fact in her book. One wonders why!
If her family REALLY threatened her with death, she would have headed towards the nearest prison asking for protection, the VERY SAME day the threat was made. Something she didn�t do for FIVE WHOLE YEARS, by deciding to stay at home. So much for that �death threat�! Also a death threat that remains active for 5 years is just laughable.
I am therefore sad to say that this book is a pack of lies, written for a gullible and perhaps prejudiced western readership. This �death threat� claim and episode is just another illustrative example of the tendency of this book to be caught increasingly in the web of its own lies.Read more ›
21 pages is the maximum I could go with this book, I could not take the lies in it anymore. As a matter of fact, I believe it should enter the Guiness books of records as "the publication with the largest number of lies ever"!. Norma, maybe this will get you more fame, which is obviously the only reason why you wrote this book.
With all due respect to the people who liked this book, I think you should travel to Jordan before deciding that it was a good book and from the first sight, you will understand that it is all lies.
Being half Jordanian myself, I never saw anything that the author describes in Jordan at this age and time, is it the same Jordan we are talking about?
My suggestion to those reading this review, dont waste your money on a book like this, it is not real and not fun to read at all. The summary written above is all what the book is about.
So, NO, not all, not even most, women here are subservient or stay in the kitchen. Walk in the streets of Amman and go to its restaurants, cafes and clubs and you will see that half are women, some veiled, some not. Go to any government institution or private company, and you will see a substantial percentage of the work force are women. It is truly insulting that Ms. Khouri gives the impression, through her book, that we are slaves, mindless, helpless creatures, who have only two choices: Either live as slaves at home in Jordan, or escape to the West to be free. That is far from the truth.
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Honor killing is the bedrock of the book Honor Lost by Norma Khouri. In this narrative story, Khouri, a female Christian, depicts the short love life of Dalia, a Muslim girl, in... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mehdi
This book, "Honor Lost: Love and Honor in Modern-day Jordan," by Norma Khouri, is a story of love and divinely sanctioned murder told under the strain and tension of an alien... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Herbert L Calhoun
Amazing story !!! thank you Norma.. I'm Muslim women and I know what you talking about. its very important to have stage and place for those woman who were killed in cold blood... Read morePublished 24 months ago by samah
I want to give it five stars because it is a riveting story. I want to give it one star because it claims to be a non-fiction, personal account, but it is all fabricated. Read morePublished on November 21, 2013 by Carolyn J.
I'm confused as to why people are so mad that it was fiction( it says on this site that is fiction)! Read morePublished on October 21, 2013 by spiffyloo88
This book is complete farse. Born and raised in California, I lived in Jordan from 2004-2006 while serving in the Peace Corps. Read morePublished on March 26, 2011 by Ryan
I forced myself through this book because I thought I was reading a true story about an important cause. Read morePublished on January 27, 2011 by SpecialK
This book is exceptionally well written. And my Mother and I both vied for it when we were reading it. Read morePublished on September 24, 2009 by CelticWomanFanPiano
I don't care if the book is real or if the author stole money from someone or 'made up' this story. I care about how MEN treat WOMEN, and I have lived/worked in a number of islamic... Read morePublished on August 16, 2009 by Violet Weed