A whole Especially when the reader is confronted with details that could not be presented first hand considering that Soraya is no longer with us and Zahra her aunt and main yewitness is traumatized by what happened While some may criticize this story as uestionable journalism I think Sahembiam addresses those concerns flat out giving his own background and relevant personal information at the outset No one should go into this story thinking that impartial parties are stating the facts and just the facts Sahembiam and Zahra are stating their A Vineyard Christmas experiences and uite frankly there s no way toscape the impact of tragic circumstances And yes there are some blanks filled in Sahembiam arrived in the village of Kupeyeh not its real name two weeks after Soraya s death While he certainly wasn t there to witness the Een Bijzondere Vorm Van Osteosclerose event all of the landmarks and cover ups would still have beenasily pointed out by ZahraThe format of the book is difficult in the first half For about the first fifty pages or so the reader is introduced to all the major players and their backgrounds By background I mean life story Some of the information may or may no be relevant but it boils down to the fact that the bad guys are opportunisitic mafioso kinda men But criminals or not cruel or not the men are now in charge in the new regime of Iran this is 1986It s absolute power corrupting absolutelyA number of hitherto anonymous and colorless villagers men were metamorphosed virtually overnight and began to spread terror throughout the area with thier knives and their slingshots pg 75Ghorban Ali is Soraya s husband and he s fallen in love with a new woman who remains offstage throughout the whole of the book so I don t know if he ver did remarry after killing his wife or not He with the help of his fellow criminal cohorts sets Soraya up to look #like an adultress He convinces veryone her father and her sons and they proceed to stone her #an adultress He convinces veryone her father and her sons and they proceed to stone her This book doesn t shy away from the details of a stoning It builds slowly but when the trial starts it s worse than watching a car wreck happen in front of you He shows you the set up the reaction of the villagers and the ntire process from digging the hole to the final stone No lie it s horrifyingThough Sahembiam Hot Shot (North Ridge Book 3) emphasizes in the introduction that the villagers feel they have done nothing wrong Now barely six month after thevent the villagers seemingly hardworking and decent folk appeared to have forgotten their collective crime After all stoning had been resurrected and ncouraged by the regime of the ayotollahs and in performing that rite they had only been doing their duty cleansing their village as hundreds of other villages had been cleansed in years past in the name of God the compassionate the merciful pg xiiiI understand the arguments that journalism shouldn t be commentary or anecdotal however I M Disinclined To Say That Such Stories Should Be Dismissed disinclined to say that such stories should be dismissed all The Narrative of Frederick Douglass is not impartial and it certainly holds a mirror up to all the nastiness cruelty and vil that comes with slavery While it s no Voyage to the Underworld (Star Wars Missions, easy read and it s no Pulitzer Prize winner I do recommend this story be read in the hope that one day it ll be a record of a history that s been overcome and not a documentary of the here and now An illustration of life in the Middle East and one woman s journey from valued wife to a fallen woman How did this happen Three Men Made It Happen Soraya was a devoted housemaker and loving mother despite knowledge of her husband falling out of love with her knowledge of her husband being unfaithful to her But that s just fine said sarcastically Men can do whatever they please A woman If she makes the same indiscretion her life would Let me begin by offering a uotation from the prefaceAfter the shah was deposed and the fundamentalist regime headed by the Ayatollah Khomeini came to power in February 1979 many dubiouslements of the population including common law criminals who had been jailed for good reason under the shah were released from the country s prisons Taking advantage of the religious fervor sweeping the land a number of these people The First Ghost especially those with at least a basic knowledge of the Koran and its tenets donned clerics garb gave themselves the title of mullah and roamed the country seeing opportunities for selfnrichment or uite simply to conceal their past from the authoritiesIn 1986 the author was waiting in. Of abuse and hardship Soraya said nothing and the makeshift tribunal took her silence as a confession of guilt They sentenced her to death by stoning a punishment prohibited by Islam but widely practiced Day by day sometimes minute by minute Sahebjam deftly recounts these horrendous vents tracing Soraya's life with searing immediacy from her Ebrahim made him understand that no matter what he could not advance beyond the white line for that would be in defiance of God s laws Freidoune Sahebjam The Stoning of Soraya M A Story of Injustice in IranIt is
hard to believe something as barbaric an d horrific as this could happen This book is a to believe something as barbaric an d horrific as this could happen This book is a story and is about as brutal as it gets It is Soraya s story as told to the author by her beloved Aunt Zahra who was an incredible woman and a heroIt isn t a pleasant read that is putting it mildly I am Aware Of These Things Happening But The of these things happening but the really puts you right there and since you start the book knowing the outcome you feel helpless and I was just shocked anyway at the sheer venom and brutality of verything that happenedIn a way this book is scarier then books like The Handmaid s tale or The Lottery because this is one hundred percent true and it This is the most heartbreaking book I can recall reading To say it is difficult to read is an understatement as is saying it is a compelling read It is a book once you begin to read you will be unable to put down and unable to forget That it is a true story is horrifying That there are at least 15 prisoners at risk of stoning today Amnesty International is incomprehensible Those 15 are in Iran Iran is not the only country to have stoning happenIn reading this story and imagining how Soraya must have felt it is not difficult to see why she was silent She must have felt trapped because she had no way to defend herself Whether or not the charges were justified or false the I first become aware of this story when the movie adaption of the book came out I read an interview of Shohreh Aghdashloo who is a wonderful actress and a beautiful woman and went to see the film Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits!: 4 Keys to Unlock Your Business Potential even though I knew it wasn t going to be a happy pictureIt was the only time I havever heard crying in a movie theatre When offered this on sale for the Kindle I picked it upIt s hard to review a book like this a book that churns our stomaches because of the subject matter but that should be read because of the subject matter Stoning still happens In her interview Aghdashloo mentioned seeing a stoning of a homosexual couple there was the stoning of a rape victim #in Somalia last year her rapists weren t punished Watch Love Crimes of Kabul on HBO #Somalia last year her rapists weren t punished Watch Love Crimes of Kabul on HBO then tell me this book isn t current Type in stoning on the BBC news website and you get links to articles about South Africia India as well as the Taliban all from this yearSahebjam states that he changed the names not only of the town but of those concerned Regardless Soraya was a woman married off at age 13 to a man 7 years her senior She bore nine children before he husband left her She bore his abuse and the stories he spread about her Then he wanted a divorce without what we in the west would call support paymentsIt should be noted that neither the book nor the movie is anti Muslim or Islam The works are anti hypocrisy and corrupt power Both Soraya and her Aunt Zahara are devout and Sahebjam puts the blame on the corruption of those who prevert religon for thier own nds Sahebjam if French Iranian and taught in Iran before the Revolution He also is a powerful writer His prose is simple but you are there If anything it is Soraya and Zahara s faith that nable them to be so braveBoth the film which hews rather closely to the book and the book should be watched and read no matter how hard it is too so one thing just hurt me about this book it s true story Over the past 15 years than 1000 women have been stoned to death in IranSoraya was married and the mother of nine children She lived in a small village in rural Iran Her marriage had been arranged by her father Her husband was a conniving brutal man who beat both his wife and his children slept with other women and did little to provide for his family Under Islamic law if a woman is accused of infidelity by her husband she has to prove her innocence or suffer a punishment death by stoning Sora This book should definitely not be read unless you are in a safe place with people you love and trust surrounding you I think that s the only way I got through some of the truly gut wrenching horrors that Sahembiam illustrates with the case of Soraya M Nightmares may come otherwiseSahembiam begins with an xplanation of both his reasoning for writing the book and the methodology behind it which is necessary for understanding the structure of the story as. Soraya M's husband Ghorban Ali couldn't afford to marry another woman Rather than returning Soraya's dowry as custom reuired before taking a second wife he plotted with four friends and a counterfeit mullah to dispose of her Together they accused Soraya of adultery Her only crime was cooking for a friend's widowed husband Exhausted by a lifetime. ,
A small mountain village in Iran for a contact to take him over
The Border Into Pakistanborder into Pakistan he was offered tea by an lderly woman She then proceeded to tell him that two weeks Smokin' Hot earlier her niece Soraya had been stoned to death for being unfaithful to her husband and that she had been innocent of the charge The author s contact showed up and he had to leave but he promised the woman he d be back and he returned some six months later to hear her story whichnded up being the substance of this book The book recalls a beyond #Horrible Instigated By One #crime instigated by one these above mentioned mullahs in with Soraya s husband This mullah Sheik Hassan had been in prison and was running away from the regime that put him there He had fled to a small village of about 250 people where he was able to uickly gain the trust of the village leaders and become the go to guy for settling disputes and he was able to profit monetarily from his position as well The sheik s background is important because he represents one of those people whose position allowed him to manipulate religious beliefs for his own gain and in this particular case vengeanceThe basic story is this Soraya s parents had betrothed her to Ghorban Ali whom she had known since childhood and whom she didn t like Placing Memory even then He was an abusive husband and later father who would beat his wife regularly and then start in on his children He spent a great deal of time turning his two older children against their mother When he wasn t in the village he was involved in black market and other illegal activities until the change in regime when he became a prison guard and realized his potential for power over others Once he got a taste for power and life in the city and the gains he d made financially and materially in his position as prison guard he no longer wanted to be a peasant from the village but instead wanted to live the life of Riley in the city complete with a 14 year old honey that he wanted to marry The problem was his marriage to Soraya and how to get rid of her ultimately with no way out of the marriage he turned to Sheik Hassan And this is when Soraya s life went from one of abuse to one of utter horrorThere are a couple of things worth mentioning First there is no doubt that thisvent actually happened and there is no doubt that stoning as a punishment for adultery is a reality among some Muslim fundamentalists in some areas You can go to any human rights organization s website and find out all that you want to know about it there and to be fair you can go to the website of Al jazeera an Islamic news organization to read about recent developments about stoning as well It is also an abominable practice that is beyond my scope of comprehension in the realm of human crueltySecond there s no doubt in my mind that as far as the story this book tells the stoning of Soraya M a reflects a plan conceived by a few misogynistic individuals who deliberately used the Lasombra existing Sharia laws for their own personal gain and b was allowed to happen as a result of an abuse of power in this small villageTo get the full story you need to read the book It is a difficult story but anye opening one that you will probably not soon forget I know I won t I don t think I need to see it on the big screen though A shocking and horrific true story I have no words to describe my feelings after reading this book I undoubtedly will not sleep well tonight This started off slow It felt distant and too journalistic I didn t pick up this book for a journalistic account I didn t want information You can get information through research on the subject I wanted information AND motion AND understanding I wanted the answer to the uestion of Why why why Nevertheless as I read onoh the momentum It built slowly and then faster and faster By the nd it was as if it were a run away truck I ve only got a few pages left because I had to stop To breath It s a VERY disturbing read Very real Very very close It s actually full of Wanton Nights emotion and you do gain a clear understanding of how a small village of people could become a crazed mob that would stone a harmless silent woman to deathSahebjam gives youverything the facts the While My Soldier Serves emotion the various motivations perspectives the background and he let s the reader decide I haven t finished yet but I can already say that this is anxcellent book I look forward to the filmthough I know it will be tough to watch. Rranged marriage and the births of her nine children to her husband's increasing cruelty and her horrifying xecution where by tradition her father husband and sons hurled the first stones This is one woman's story but it stands for the stories of thousands of women who suffered and continue to suffer the same fate It is a story that must be tol.