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Fatwa: Living with a Death Threat

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  540 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
Jacky was 23 when she arrived in Egypt for a vacation and met a handsome, chivalrous Egyptian called Omar. It was love at first sight, and swept away by her infatuation, she married him before returning to England with her parents. Returning to Cairo against her parents' advice, but full of hopes and plans, Jacky's dream turned into a nightmare. During the next six years s ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Hodder & Stoughton
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Johan D'Haenen
Jul 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Ik geef niet graag een waardering aan persoonlijke getuigenissen, maar hier dan toch maar.
Dit verslag is heel vlot en dynamisch geschreven, en leest dan ook als een trein.
Inhoudelijk moet ik zeggen dat de schrijfster getuigt van ongelofelijke naïviteit, zowel in de manier waarop ze in die huwelijksboot stapt als in de manier waarop ze zich laat "afmaken" door haar superbrutale echtgenoot.
Is dit verhaal dan representatief voor de man-vrouw verhouding in Egypte of de islamwereld? Misschien wel, ma
Nov 29, 2012 rated it liked it
I just read this book, some 8 years after publication. Fatwa is a very interesting book, a quick and easy read, that really underscores the difference between the Western and the Middle Eastern cultures.
Although I was dismayed at the impulsive decisions Jacky made on her path to a quick marriage with her handsome Egyptian, she did a good job of portraying that youthful, naive, excitement of falling in love with a tall dark stranger in an exotic land; a scenario that any young girl who believes
Sabrina Rutter
Oct 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The minute I picked this book up I was hooked! I stayed up late into the night reading and would have stayed up all night if I didn't have kids to get up for school. This is one of the best books I have read in a while.
In the begining I was a little judgmental toward Jacky's decisions. She married someone she hardly knows, left behind everything familiar to her, and went to live in a culture she knew nothing about. After a while though I began to understand why she had agreed to marry him. I cou
Sep 09, 2014 added it
Shelves: non-fiction
Doesn't deserve any rating. Making a bad choice, then going thru a bad experience does not give anyone the right to condemn other religion and make fun of traditions and culture. I can see that the book is highly rated just because it is against Moslems, well since I am an Egyptian I can tell that the book contains very wrong information, it is a piece of lies.
Aimee Georgeson
Apr 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Very easy to read, sadly tells a very common story of abuse. Proud Jacky found the inner strength & courage she needed to escape. Oppression & abuse of woman in any country is dispicable. Religion & culture aside, Omar followed typical patterns of a controlling, violent man.
Aug 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: autobiography lovers
The moral of the book is don't rush into a marriage - and even more so when they are a foreigner.

The book highlights the difficulties of life in Egypt and the culture shock for those of us from the UK where we take so much for granted.
Sep 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Oh, patriarchy infuriates me--although that was not all of the problems that "Jacky" faced. I don't understand "man's inhumanity to [wo:]man"! Quick read.
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'd been given this book by my mum who had pre warned me she had read it in a day, so I knew it was going to be one I would not be able to put down! I read it while on holiday and in the first day I read 100 pages - the simply turned themselves. I like the way it reverses the events starting with leaving and then skipping back to explain the reasons why. All the time you are reading this story you feel a sense of the danger that faces Jacky both at the time and still to this day. You celebrate h ...more
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Dit boek heb ik een hele tijd terug gelezen. Het is een boek dat bijblijft, dat garandeer ik je wel.
Jul 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: true, african, abandoned
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The Book Whisperer (aka Boof)
I found this a really interesting book and certainly one that had me turning those pages; the very nature of the content and the fact it’s a true story is the books forward momentum.

The story begins in 1979 when Jacky goes on holiday to Egypt with her then boyfriend whom she gets separated from when they try to get off a bus in Cairo. Jacky finds herself alone, with a twisted ankle, in a residential area and is picked up by two young Egyptian men who escort her into the nearest appartment where
Julianne Quaine
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
A young English woman marries a handsome Egyptian while on a 10 day holiday to Egypt - and predictably things turn too mush. The worst of it is he becomes violent and she has trouble escaping. Can happen to any woman seduced by a charming man, in another country or in their own.
Amy (A Magical World of Words)
What an incredible book. Jacky’s story is tragic, heart-wrenching, and ultimately courageous as she risks everything to escape her abusive Egyptian husband and get away with her two young daughters.
Everyone should read this.

This is a true story, and it’s brilliantly written. It’s fast-paced, exciting, and even though I knew Jacky would make it home in the end, I was breathless as I read about her escape plan and her agonising journey to get out of Egypt. The suspense never lets up.

And of cours
Vibina Venugopal
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
The book opens with Jacky trying to escape from Egypt with her two children, T told myself that I shouldn't have given up the habit of reading the end before really starting to read the book itself but somehow I felt that it kills the book if you read the end, and so very rightly for this book, this book runs like a suspense thriller... Jacky is physically abused by her husband, she doesn't want to escape alone leaving back her two daughters, there are other book were I have read about mothers a ...more
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 actually. I could not put this book down!! This is a true-life story of a very naive girl who visits Egypt with her boyfriend. Due to over-crowded conditions on a bus, they quickly lose each other in Cairo. Jacky hurts her foot and an Egyptian family rescues her and helps her look for her boyfriend. Jacky falls in love with one member of this family, Omar and they get married after knowing each other for only 2 or three weeks. The honeymoon ends quickly and over time, Omar's true colors are ...more
Nov 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down!! Now I remember why I enjoy reading this type of memoir. The downgrading and abuse of women in Muslim countries, all due to religion, really makes my blood boil!! NO ONE has the right to treat another human being in such a manner I DON'T care who you are OR who you think you are!! This woman has to be one of the bravest women I've ever read about. Knowing that she must live the rest of her life looking over her shoulder due to this monster and his abuse of his rel ...more
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
What an amazing story. This story is about a young British girl who falls in love with a handsome Egyptian while visiting Egypt as a tourist, marries him and has two children by him. Her story started off as a fairy tale but the darker side of what was expected of a good Moslem wife quickly emerged. Her rights of a woman were non-existent in a male dominated culture and the abuse she endured at the hands of her husband who claimed he loved her were horrifying. That she escaped was amazing. I app ...more
Xjapank  TrK
May 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Je pensais que Fatwa était le nom de l'héroïne, mais à la fin du livre, je ne sais toujours pas ce que c'est.
Le titre anglais est plus parlant.
Pour comprendre ce qui se passe derrière la porte de la maison, dans le privé... Horrible, répugnant, absurde...
C'est un livre qui se lit rapidement, car on a envie de savoir la suite.

On sent de la retenue de la part de l'auteur, comme une gène, ou un non-dit qui serait de trop parmi ce qu'elle raconte déjà. Ca manque d'émotion, comme si c'était une histo
Sep 01, 2010 rated it liked it
This is a true story about a woman who goes to Egypt on a vacation, falls in love with a handsome man and marries him without really knowing him and the culture in Egypt. He abuses her for 6years, but she can't leave because of their two daughters. She doesn't want to leave them behind.
It's a similar story with "Not without my daughter" and I think it's good that stories like these are made into books to warn other women and prevent that they will make the same mistakes and turn their lives and
Foi interessante perceber como é que uma mulher independente se deixou envolver numa relação onde passou a estar dependente da vontade do marido e respectiva família.
Como li recentemente outro relato pessoal com uma construção semelhante: começa perto do fim, volta atrás para contar tudo desde o início e salta para o remate da história, não dou mais de 3. Aborrece-me esta repetição de modelo. Se tivesse lido este primeiro, talvez lhe tivesse dado 3,5?!?
Sep 12, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
dear very one
thank you
maged or omar
Chloe Thurlow
Jan 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Jacky married in Cairo. She had two kids. Her husband first started beating her, then the oldest of the children. Jacky spent ONE YEAR saving $50 and set out with her two little girls to escape across the desert from Egypt to Isreal. This is a real page turner and will not read a more exciting book.
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Ik vond dit een ontzettend goed boek. Zo geschreven dat je alleen maar door wilt lezen, je moet gewoon weten hoe het verder gaat. En wat een verhaal ook weer, hoewel ik het nogal naief vind van Jacky om binnen een week met een Egyptenaar te trouwen heb ik bewondering voor de manier waarop ze aan hem ontkomen is samen met haar dochters. Een prachtig geschreven maar vooral meeslepend verhaal!
Jan 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Engrossing read throughout, glued to each page and found this book very hard to put down!

A true story of one womans courage and determination to escape with her children from a life in a differant country which was far from the fairytale she expected it to be. Empowering story of a family who still are having to look over their shoulder to this day.
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book left a big impression on me. Wondering if I should give it four or five stars. I don't want to love it because there's nothing much to love about it. I mostly detested the choices she made and I hope I can make better choices myself.
Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Whilst I am sure that the majority of marriages are nothing like this, I also suspect that this is not as rare as we might like to think (despite the events occurring at least 15 years ago). Well written account, and I didn't detect any spite in the recording of the details. Enlightening.
Sep 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books ive ever read. You are not able to put it down and cant wait to find out whats going to happen next. This was well written and my heart thumped from the first page. Fantastic!!
Karen Caruana
Nov 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I was literally glued to this book.. Please read it!! So sad for this woman...
Ashani Irunika  Hettige
Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
See how instant love can do such damage..... Didn't knew such a brutal world exist on earth until reading this book... Thanks Jacky. Great job.!!!
Mohammad Mahmoud
Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
fantastic description to my home country
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Jacky Trevane is the pseudonym of Jennifer Anne, a British woman who ran away from her Egyptian husband in 1992.With the help of ghostwriter Clifford Thurlow she published the book Fatwa: Living with a Death Threat, describing her version of her life with her Egyptian Muslim husband Maged (in her book called Omar). Jacky was twenty-three when she arrived in Egypt for a holiday with her boyfriend, ...more
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