Step in to a different world. No Honour by Awais Khan @ @OrendaBooks #NoHonour #Review #Orentober

𝑰𝒕 π’˜π’‚π’” π’˜π’‰π’†π’ π’•π’‰π’†π’š 𝒔𝒏𝒂𝒕𝒄𝒉𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’ƒπ’‚π’ƒπ’š π’‡π’“π’π’Ž 𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒔𝒉𝒆 π’“π’†π’‚π’π’Šπ’”π’†π’… π’‰π’π’˜ π’”π’†π’“π’Šπ’π’–π’” 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’”π’Šπ’•π’–π’‚π’•π’Šπ’π’ 𝒉𝒂𝒅 π’ƒπ’†π’„π’π’Žπ’†.

Another day another Orenda Books review! A Sunday can’t get better than that, right? No Honour by Awais Khan came out this year and it’s a novel that is SO important, one that will lift the curtain on an outdated custom that will both shock you and break your heart. you can buy your own copy, in ebook and / or paperback, here!

In sixteen-year-old Abida’s small Pakistani village, there are age-old rules to live by, and her family’s honour to protect. And, yet, her spirit is defiant and she yearns to make a home with the man she loves.

When the unthinkable happens, Abida faces the same fate as other young girls who have chosen unacceptable alliances – certain, public death. Fired by a fierce determination to resist everything she knows to be wrong about the society into which she was born, and aided by her devoted father, Jamil, who puts his own life on the line to help her, she escapes to Lahore and then disappears.

Jamil goes to Lahore in search of Abida – a city where the prejudices that dominate their village take on a new and horrifying form – and father and daughter are caught in a world from which they may never escape.

Moving from the depths of rural Pakistan, riddled with poverty and religious fervour, to the dangerous streets of over-populated Lahore, No Honour is a story of family, of the indomitable spirit of love in its many forms … a story of courage and resilience, when all seems lost, and the inextinguishable fire that lights one young woman’s battle for change.

I love Awais’ writing, I have done since first reading his debut book, In The Company Of Strangers, that similar to No Honour has Lahore and Pakistan culture entwined into the storyline. No Honour is an opposite reflection of the glitz and glamorous elite Lahore we saw in his previous book, it delves into the ingrained practices of the the culture in its approach to women – in terms of misogyny, objectification and of course the illegal act of honour killings. We are drawn into a poor setting, that makes Lahore sparkle extra brightly when newly married and village outcasts Abida and Kalim run to seek refuge. Instead of the draped riches, success and hope that they’d both thought Lahore held, they are met with horror, temptation and magnified negative beliefs about women.

No Honour is an important novel, one that opens the lid off many relevant subjects, as well as coaxing the reader into a stunningly written, harrowing type of read, where survival is a mindset and male power conquers all. I was utterly captivated, I could feel the humidity of Lahore on my skin and smell the everyday air, that had a mix of desperation floating through it.

No Honour is a carefully planned out, passionately written and unforgettable read that will completely absorb you until the final page.

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