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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
this is definitely a must read book. once I started reading it I could not put it down. Souad shows alot of courage and bravey after everything she has been through she has spoken up about it. I was in tears several times reading this book and I dont care what anyone says this book is definitely fact not fiction. There are issues like this going on in other parts of the...
Published on 11 Oct. 2008 by jesse

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1.0 out of 5 stars A story of "recovered memory" with no credibility ...for the gullible and easily fooled
In recent years, two best-selling titles have appeared on the subject of honor killing in the Arab world. Norma Khouri's Forbidden Love (also published under the title Honor Lost) and "Souad's" Burned Alive were both published in 2003. In that fateful year, while the international media raced us toward the invasion of Iraq, these books evidently met a public appetite for...
Published on 1 Sept. 2007 by Z. Khan


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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honour to read, 8 Mar. 2006
This review is from: Burned Alive (Paperback)
I'm not much of a reader, I love true stories, I have read Last Man Down and various other true stories, which tugged my heart strings and so did this one but in a different way... This book bought a reality to what goes on in different cultures, opened me eyes to things that we know nothing about, and can't believe would still go on in a modern world but they do....
Burned Alive, is about an attempted honour killing and how she survived being burned alive.... I know this is a modern world that we live in but I feel that some westerners are blinded by how intense the culture is within some sectors and how bad the women get it.... How free we are from the ignorance of what goes on, the slavery that's still out there for what we see as backward cultures to our normal life in the western world.... Souad explains what's it's like and how she lived and survived a harrowing experience that no one can ever imagine.... She's such a strong person to be brave enough to continue with her life when at times she just wanted to give up as she saw no end to her pain and misery.... Such a compelling story, emotional and a must read.... About Jacqueline her savour and SURGIR the organisation that has helped her get out and continue a life with a new family, and the reunion with her Son... Souad's devotion to continue and shows the world what goes on behind closed doors and ignorance of the westerner world. She shows how lucky we are not to endure this type of torture and life....
As we know no different like Souad and their culture knows no different to whats outside their own and these type of things still go on all over the world.... It's what inbreeded into you and what you see and teach your children, what they learn from their parents and the culture, the viscious circle carries on....
I know there's modern families out there and now Souad's family is one of them, that are changing things for the next generation but it'll take time for a lot of cultures before it changes, if ever it does.... It's all down to IGNORANCE in all cultures and societies, ignorance to whats going on in the world outside of their own.... This book really shows you whats still happening now in this modern world.... Plus the ignorance that they're taught, Souad now knows that what she thought was a normal life for ever woman, was infact not, she now knows what's it like outside of her village, is not what she has been told by her culture and family and how brain washed people are in her culture, how women have to take this type of life in their culture, some might be lucky not to get this type of lifestyle and have nice husbands or fathers, it really opens up your eyes to things... Definitely worth every penny plus more....
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Souad the Liar, 24 July 2008
This review is from: Burned Alive (Paperback)
People who admire this book need to look up the article "Burning Questions" which is on the website of the Arab literary journal Al-Jadid. It is astonishing to see how many lies have been told by this "Souad" figure, who has never shown any evidence that she really is an Arab. She changes her story every time she tells it.

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In a 2003 interview, a journalist from ANSA noted: "Souad ... remembers very well how her mother had strangled two newborn babies because they were girls." In "Burned Alive" Souad says that she saw her mother giving birth and killing babies on two occasions: "I'm not sure I was present for the third one, but I knew about it." One notices that the earlier "very well" remembered account is now being elaborated upon - two infanticides have become three. Following the publication of her book, the German television station ZDF broadcast an interview during which admiration for Souad's stoic manner was expressed: "Laconically, she tells how she saw her mother kill four or five of her sisters, immediately after their births." That was in January 2004. By April of that same year, Souad was claiming in De Groene Amsterdammer: "I have seen my mother suffocate seven of my little sisters. Seven!"
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brillant, 23 Jun. 2007
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This review is from: Burned Alive (Paperback)
i read this book and i was shocked at the terrible way woman are treated in these countries.

i just goes to show you how well we are treated in the uk, and how much we take for granted! this book made me appreciate life.....

souad is so brave
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read!!, 3 Feb. 2014
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I COULDNT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN!! it was well written and I particularly liked that Souad told her story and then the aid worker Jacqueline told us her side, of how she come to find Squad and the condition in which she found her.
Very sad but a fascinating read....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Burned Alive, 1 May 2010
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An unbelievable story - A story of unbelievable suffering that this young girl/woman went through. How she eventually overcame everything to move on and make a life. Inspirational. A must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars STUNNING !, 14 Feb. 2014
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A real must read for anyone interested in the lives of women trapped in arabic countries. Their way of life is shocking - and could well be happening in the UK behind close doors now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Book!, 17 July 2014
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Great book, very gripping, I read it on 3 days! this a sad true story that is repeated day after day. anyone working in this field will find it interesting. Brave lady.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!!!, 28 Nov. 2013
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This is actually one of my favourite books ever!!! I've been reading it over and over again. Glad there was a happy ending after the brutal beginning...Just read it!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Burned alive-book, 13 Jan. 2014
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I have bought previous similar books and once you start reading it you may not put it down. Even my partner started reading it and found it interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courage, 19 Jun. 2014
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Amazing the courage of people - important that this world understands the atrocities that go on and does something to prevent it further '
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