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Unworthy Creature: A Punjabi Daughter's Memoir of Honour, Shame and Love Paperback – May 1 2012

4.4 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Freedom Press Canada Inc. (May 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981276768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981276762
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #160,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Very compelling story and an easy read. The book explains honour culture from within, and it is very clear, after reading the author's story, that honour crimes are motivated and supported by such deeply entrenched, systemic values internalized by both men AND women, that a western "domestic violence" lens is completely insufficient. The book provides historical and sociological context without slowing or distracting from the story. A great weekend or holiday read.
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I heard Aruna being interviewed on CBC and wanted to understand more about that culture. In the beginning I was fascinated then repelled by the way that I she had to live. I felt angry with her family and not only her father but also her mother who treated her almost as badly. Eventually though I began to feel disgust that even after living in Canada and being among educated women at York U (my alma mater) she was unable to see the reality of her life and wasn't able to set herself apart from her family. Some of the horror stories she describes are almost too horrendous to be believable. I recommended this book for our book club and it was voted on to be one of our 11 books for the year. 12/13. I admire what she was eventually able to accomplish but thought that her second husband was the strength and support she needed to finally move on. I feel proud of her accomplishments.
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Unworthy Creature is without a doubt one of the most compelling stories about a daughters love for her father regardless of the cultural context. Coupled with an inside view to an country of Honour based violence, it makes the novel not only an addicting read, but also provides a unique inside view and understanding of honour based violence from the female perspective. Clear your schedule when you buy this book, you won't be able to put it down. If you only buy one book this year, it should be this one.
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Fascinating story. A real eye opener into the minds set of a people and the effect it has on 50% of society.
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A must read! A well written and informative book regarding gendercide and domestic violence caused by devaluing women and girls, Aruna Papp and Barbara Kay are incredible women..
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This is one of those books that I didn't want to put down and I felt sorry when it was finished. The flow of the prose and story is right on without any lag or drag parts at all. Thanks to newspaper columnist Barbara Kay's skill working with Aruna Papp, the cascading episodes or scenes are presented at exactly the right places and work to keep the reader turning the pages.

I must admit that I knew very little about South Asian culture and honour-motivated violence prior to reading Aruna's story. What this book shows so well is how important it is for immigrant women (indeed all women) to know that they are not suffering alone - others have come before them and through courage and determination have survived. This knowledge will go a long way towards reassurance and healing.
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