- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Arcade Publishing (27 April 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 161145025X
- ISBN-13: 978-1611450255
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 13 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Stoning of Soraya M.: A Story of Injustice in Iran Paperback – 27 Apr 2011
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Starred Review. Profoundly disturbing. . . . highly recommended. Starred Review. An unforgettable indictment, brilliantly written and translated, of man s inhumanity to woman and of tyranny disguised as righteousness.
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Women are still stoned to death in some Islamic countries. This is still in practice but each and every country denies it, so does Iran. But Freidoune Sahebjam’s 'The Stoning of Soraya M' appears to be authentic.
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Many may find this book (and the movie) difficult to read/watch. Many will not finish it, but for those of us that were able to fight through the tears to the bitter end, we learn valuable lessons. Sometimes honesty is not enough. Sometimes love is not enough. Sometimes this world is cruel and unfair. Please take caution when reading this book or watching the movie, it is not for children (it is barely for adults). It deals with and details horrific acts and horrible situations and does not have a "happy" ending.
Written in 1986, in the wake of the Islamic Revolution, this account of the brutal execution of an innocent woman illuminates, once more, the extent to which religious fervor, regardless of sect or creed, can be manipulated for personal gain and emptied of any moral integrity. Although Soraya was stoned, theoretically, in accordance to Islamic dictums, her aunt astutely notes that her fate is the outcome of "the law of men, the law that men make and say it is the law of God."
My only problem with this biography lies within the preface, as I would have preferred an update to the 2011 edition, detailing how the political climate and relative position of women in society has changed since the original manuscript.
The description of the actual stoning was very difficult to read, but don't turn away - it is by people turning away and refusing to understand what a stoning really means, what it really does to a human body - a human being - that these hideous events are permitted to continue.
Hoping desperately that one day, these kinds of horrible tragedies stop forever...