Forbidden Love was a very good book because it made me more aware of some of . Some background: Norma Khouri is a Catholic from Jordan, whose best. But Norma Khouri is a fake, and so is Forbidden Love. With Australian sales approaching ,, the book told of her lifelong friendship with a. Forbidden Love [Norma Khouri] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.

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She fled the country and wrote up her account in an Athens internet cafe, before finally finding safety as a khoufi in rural Australia. And lying in the name of literature is unacceptable.

Honor Lost: Love And Death In Modern Day Jordan

I’d always believed that we’d spend our lives together I wasted time reading this book Nonetheless, anyone who is interested in this genre should take a look. The book, which became a bestsellerpurported to describe the honor killing of her best friend in Jordan. One cannot deny what it actually means to be in a society that doesn’t appreciate you because of your gender, colour, or beliefs.

Dalia was a young, beautiful Arabian Muslim living with her family in Amman, Jordan. While their story is not new or unheard of, it is poignant and told with compassionate familial memories. Powerfully written and well worth reading. She says that she and Dalia opened a salon for men and women, which would be illegal in Jordan.

Such a powerful story. Feb 27, Ranjana rated it really liked it Shelves: Despite the arguments over how realistic or fictitious this novel is, there are many true undertones such as, and primarily the main focus of the book on honor killings. Views Read Edit View history.

I gave this book a pass while reading it because it was based on a true story and I kept telling myself that the characters are bland because it’s too difficult for the author to re-live that period of time in her life. It seems to me that it is easy to label Norma Khouri as a pathological liar and con artist who belatedly, perhaps, found a cause to champion, but who, because of all the lies and half truths, is, sadly now unlikely to be trusted by those who are fighting on the ground for justice and freedom for women in Jordan.


I will leave my 4 stars as that’s how I felt about it at the time, but, based on this new information I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.

Other editions – View all Honor Lost: You will be terrified by the amount of sadness this book brings. I happen to be re-reading The Far Pavilions at the moment. I don’t even believe Dalia existed! Norma’s promise in death to Dalia was to tell her story to the world and to avenge a death that was utterly inconceivable and wrong. In aboutKhouri, Toliopoulos and their children moved to Australiafrom where she published a non-fiction account of the honour killing of her best friend in Jordan.

In response, Khouri promised to honour her friend by fighting against this practice of family murder, and bravely stood up to Dalia’s family, before being forced to flee Jordan in fear for her life. Since its publication inForbidden Love has sold more thancopies worldwide, and its harrowing descriptions of Khouri’s spirited friend Dalia, killed by her father after a chaste affair with an army officer, have moved festival audiences to tears.

It is a crime that effectively goes unpunished. I learned a lot I didn’t know about life in Jordan and common cultural experiences there for women. I didn’t care to question the authenticity of the characters then, and I’m unsure if I care to now. While it is obviously not perfect, it is a fascinating area of the world to study. Forbidden Love was an easy book to follow and had a good balance of both suspenseful and calm moments.

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It’s a shame Bagain was not prosecuted over this book. Want to Read saving…. This book did not raise awareness of an actual, terrible phenomenon, but instead distorted the truth and made people angry about an imagined practice, which lessened their rage about the actual practice.

Norma emerges as a woman with a complex history which in all likelihood included abuse from a parent.

Bravo, Norma Khouri, for a brave, passionate book. Come to find out, the entire story was a hoax. There are women around the world that are prejudged and misunderstood by extremists, that is the truth the books has told. Furthermore, while Muslim women do have to wear a scarf, and may have certain khkuri set as far as interaction with the opposite sex that are not family members, they do not have to wear the full garb, and are still given the freedom to leave the house without a forbiddeen escort.

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It does still take place, it is a horrible thing, and it should be known about. Norma Khouri is a Catholic from Jordan, whose best friend, Dalia, was murdered by her Muslim family loove she fell in love with a Catholic man. Nobody is served well by deception Norma Khouri – Absolute Write www.

It’s a beautiful and devastating true story and it gave me an education every Western woman needs. You of course know what is going to happen but you still hope beyond hope that it won’t, and when it does, your heart breaks alongside Norma Khouri. Bagain makes errors in geography and currency. This book was very important lobe read.

Who is the real Norma Khouri? How much “truth” is behind Norma’s book remains a mystery.

Honor Lost: Love And Death In Modern Day Jordan by Norma Khouri

Jun 06, Nicole Mccune rated it did not like it. Last night Khouri, who now lives as a refugee in Queensland, was collecting information to back up her story.

Norma herself ended up by describing her book as “faction”. Perhaps Khouri found a pove she felt passionate enough about to champion but having enmired herself in a web of lies and half truths can she ever find her way out of these? Far from being a Jordanian who fled her home in the late s after the “honour” killing of her best friend, Khouri is accused of being an American passport-holder who lived in Chicago from the age of three.