An unbelievable story, a story of suffering and violence. Most of the novels about Middle East are disappointing and sad, it shows the cruel culture and the cold blooded torture in the name of tradition. I don’t know how true this story of a women who escaped the honor killing is. Some people say its true story and some say its fiction. I know its kind of odd that burn victim who was burned 90% and was there in hospital for more than 2 weeks without food, enough water and any medical facilities. That too surviving chances are less when the victim here is a pregnant lady. Lets not think the odds about the story. Honour killing is so true, I have heard and read about. So the concept is true!
Its about Souad ( author of this novel, may be the name is changed here) from somewhere in west bank who is not aware of anything but working and serving her father and brother. As she says she is as intelligent and aware of world as much as a goat! Under all strict circumstances she falls in love and this love is the reason why people hate her. Its crime to have sex before marriage in her place and only punishment is honour killing. It can be done by her brother or her brother in law. How she escapes? Who helps her? What is her real story? Where is she now and what is she doing? answers for all these questions can be found in this novel.
Even though I feel this story is fiction. I know the concept is not. There are people still treating women in this way. So it was a good read but I was disappointed when I understood ( after reading half of the book) that its not entirely true story.
* Honour killing (Source- Wikipedia) : Honour killing is the killing of a member of a family or social group by other members,due to the belief of the perpetrators that the victim has brought dishonor upon the family or community. The perceived dishonor is normally the result of one of the following behaviors, or the suspicion of such behaviors: dressing in a manner unacceptable to the family or community, wanting to terminate or prevent an arranged marriage or desiring to marry by own choice, especially if to a member of a social group deemed inappropriate, engaging in heterosexual acts outside marriage and engaging in homosexual acts.