Publisher: Penguin Books
Date Read: May 2018
No. of Pages: 128 pages
Date Published: April 23, 2014
I find it really hard to explain this word Honor to people who live in modern nations and since this word with its meaning could be found in many societies but unless you lived in traditional society this short novella wouldn’t have much resonance with you.
how can you explain how my people consider Honor which is made up of certainly a women, and that how my society sees women doesn’t look much different than how this novella town sees them, men honor depends on women and women honor depends on her virginity,what i found strange how a person dignity and humanity can be summarized to a small sheath of skin which determines how good or bad she is.
how many wars between tribes happened and how many people lost their life because of this word and how many societal tragedies has happened because of this word,
for instance in my hometown a women has fell in love and run away with a man since her family refused the idea of her marrying a man from lower castes and since she run away with man she has dishonored her family name and the family has killed her with her lover,what i found inhumane was that no one tried to save the girl when she screamed for help and the people divided between those ignoring her call for help and others actually cheering and supporting this crime.
The brothers were brought up to be men. The girls had been reared to get married
this short novella which is my second book i read for Garcia and i have read in almost two hours consecutively and while reading it it both reminded me how sexist societies are and how unfair they are to women and how your gender can determine how your parent would welcome you in the first hours of your birth to how much education you get and how much income your receive.
Chronicle of a Death Foretold, by Nobel prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a novella which the story of Santiago Naser who is murdered by the twin Pedro and pablo Vicario and how his murder was so foretold that no one believed when it happened and everyone is doubted it could happen.
when Bayardo San Romá proposed to Angela Vicario she didn’t feel any affection or love toward him and she told her family of her refusal to marry him but
her mother demolished it with a single phrase:
“Love can be learned too.”
and after get married and her husband discovers her loss of virginity he peacefully returns her to her mother who with her twin brothers forced her to say the name of her lover
found it at first sight among the many, many easily confused names from this world and the other, and she nailed it to the wall with her well-aimed dart, like a butterfly with no will whose sentence has always been written.
“Santiago Nasar,” she said.
but what is wrong in this murder is that no one was sure that Santiago was her lover since no one saw them together but since Santiago reputation was famous as womanizer around the town no one also thought he was innocent also
and since the twins were so much eager to revenge against Santiago but also so hesitant they told all the town about their impending crime so someone could stop them but no one thought their talk was serous so no one tried to warn and save the victim earnestly
eventually crime occurs and the twins will be pardoned since this is honor crime.
although this is a short novella it fills you with so many questions about sexist societies are and how humans are so fragile and weak that no one remembers the same thing exactly and still in many societies including my own how women value is determined by her virginity and how men value is determined by how he protects his women or how he takes revenge for it.
ironically just as i finished this novella i discovered in Sudan a young teen Noura Hussein who was forced to marry a man and she accidentally killed him was sentenced to death because of that