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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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In fact, in villages and in Amman, I would often walk with Muslim friends or take taxis with Muslims friends without a male escort. In she married John Toliopoulos, the father of her two children, Zoe and Christopher. But questions weren’t about whether the protagonist was real because I know there are plenty of women who have, and are facing gender-based violence.

I must find a way to make all Arab women’s silent cries for justice and freedom heard around the world. Later it became known that the author lied about it. Dalia was a young, beautiful Arabian Muslim living with h I’d always believed that we’d spend our lives together I did arrive to this conclusion during my first experience with it, as I was in 10th grade, and simply too enthralled with how unique this book was amongst the bland, and frankly white-washed titles we had in school.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. I After posting my review, I’ve read about this author as presenting the story as factual, when in reality it is fiction.

Norma Khouri

Khouri lovr she would co-operate with all requests to provide documentation and was said to be preparing to publish her next book A Matter of Honour in Novemberagain by Random House; it appears that this book was not released, as on August 18,Khouri admitted publicly that she took “literary licence” with the book, claiming that she did not receive any payment or royalties for writing it.

I thought it was touching that they would both go through extraordinary lengths to do something or protect each other. One cannot deny what it actually means to be in a society that doesn’t appreciate you because of your gender, colour, or beliefs. Powerfully written an I picked this book up at least 10 years ago in a second hand bookshop fotbidden Hay on Wye a. She published it under the assertion that it is a nonfictional account of her friend although it had inaccurate descriptions of the Jordanian women’s lives and of the Jordanian suburbs and villages, and she wasn’t in Jordan during the time frame of the events of t For those who don’t know, this book is a literary hoax.


Dalia’s death incites an anger and passion in Norma that is sure to endanger her own life, and with the help of Michael, is able to escape. And it’s sad how there are many fake memoirs out there because it’s very disappointing once you’ve emotionally invested in the characters and then you’ve found out that the author has lied to you.

A good read, couldn’t put it down, read it in one sitting.

No eBook available Amazon. I’m sorry to see that some people still are so fame hungry that they tell one big lie after another, I’m in no means ever racist, but this evoked my anger so much Growing up in Jordan, I was aware of the Honor Killings that have occurred in the past. Jul 19, Sarah rated it really liked it.

Jan 05, Liz rated it it was ok Shelves: It will be interesting to contrast it with other memoirs. She has done untold harm to the women she claims she wants to help.

Lists with This Book. After criticism from Jordanian writers and groups in regards to nomra errors, the book was exposed as a literary hoax in Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Why on earth couldn’t Norma Khouri simply admit her book is a romantic fiction? By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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

Norma may be born Jordanian, have visited many times and have maintained her fluency but having grown up in Chicago her ideas are heavily influenced by the American Dream.

Based on honor killing. Bravo, Norma Khouri, for a brave, passionate book. If “telling the truth” is dangerous and has been dangerous for as long as you can remember what can you trust in?

Views Read Edit View history. This page was last edited on 5 Mayat And how women are so suppressed in Arab cultures. Khouri also aroused suspicions because she spoke perfect American English despite claiming to have never lived in the United States.


I did arrive to this conclusion during my first experience with it, as I was in 10th grad Albeit there is so much controversy surrounding this book, I appreciate how important, clear, and well written this novel is. Dalia was a young, beautiful Arabian Muslim living with her family in Amman, Jordan.

Bestseller on honour killing ‘is a fake’

I appreciate the book because it was the catalyst for me to look into Jordanian culture and history. However it seems to me that the interview with her until recently estranged father is important as he asserts that Norma’s book is essentially true even though all details were changed. Norma emerges as a woman with a complex history which in all likelihood included abuse from a parent. It makes us in the West feel good to see – or, more accurately, to believe – that the people in the East are frequently guilty of such awful things as Bagain describes, because it makes us feel better about our own failings; we get to say ‘well, at least we don’t do the things that they do in Jordan!

She says she went to an English school in Jordan that doesn’t exist. 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. The book was really good and it was heartbreaking, but I found out after I finished that it was a hoax!

The sad thing is that honour kill Why on earth couldn’t Norma Khouri simply admit her book is a romantic fiction?

Khouri continued to insist she’d told the truth, even when confronted with public records which proved beyond all doubt she had spent most of her life in the United States. Also, the publisher themselves I will not recommend this book at all.

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