South of Forgiveness: A True Story of Rape and Responsibility by Thordis Elva

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A woman, a man, a rape, and a hard journey from violence to reconciliation.

One ordinary spring morning in Reykjavik, Thordis Elva kisses her son and partner goodbye before boarding a plane to do an extraordinary thing: fly seven thousand miles south to meet up with the man who raped her when she was just sixteen.

Meanwhile, in Sydney, Australia, Tom Stranger nervously embarks on an equally life-changing journey, wondering whether he is worthy of this meeting.

After exchanging hundreds of searingly honest emails over eight years, Thordis and Tom decided it was time to speak face to face. Coming from opposite sides of the globe, they meet in the middle, in Cape Town, South Africa, a country that is no stranger to violence and the healing power of forgiveness.

South of Forgiveness is an unprecedented collaboration between a survivor and a perpetrator, each equally committed to exploring the darkest moment of their lives. It is a true story about being bent but not broken, of facing fear with courage, and of finding hope even in the most wounded of places.

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ISBN : 151073001X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
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Verushka rated it ★★★★★

February 18, 2017

What is this about?: South of Forgiveness is well, about forgiveness. Thordis Elva was raped by her then boyfriend Tom Stranger when she was 16. This book chronicles their meeting in Cape Town, South Africa and their attempt to find their peace and their forgiveness. What else is this about?: Rape...

Annie rated it ★★★★☆

February 17, 2018

This is a very complicated, emotionally charged book that will make you feel incredibly uncomfortable in a lot of different ways. It’s a bizarre project. I totally understand the idea of wanting to confront this person and meet and find a way to put it behind you. But flying to South Africa, a pla...

Carol - Reading Writing and Riesling rated it ★★★★☆

April 27, 2017

My View: An account of real life experience, a memoir of sorts, is hard to review - where do you start? How do you give a star rating? And that difficulty is increased when the subject matter is so personal and yet also concerns women and men, all over the world. These things I pondered for a whil...

Lora rated it ★★★★★

March 23, 2017

This was a hard book for me to read. Lets be honest - people don't like to talk about rape and the rape culture that we live in today. I feel like Thordis and Tom did an amazing job at telling their story - it was raw, real, honest and even spiritual. It was actually healing for me. I wish this b...

Sandra rated it ★★★☆☆

October 08, 2017

Somewhere between 3 and 4 stars. It is hard to rate a book like this one.

Þóra rated it ★★★★★

March 27, 2017

Excellent book - well written, brave and truthful. This book is a breakthrough with a lot of wit and beauty as well as raw pain

Laura rated it ★★★★☆

August 08, 2017

Powerful. I was all set to hate Tom Stranger, but as I read the book, I realized that was not the point at all. This book helped me understand just how complex rape is. Boiling it down into a victim/perpetrator dynamic doesn't do anybody any good. In the end, I came away with a better understandi...

Emilie rated it ★★★★★

March 22, 2017

How do you go from hatred (for someone else as well as for yourself) to forgiveness and even some kind of friendship? This is a well-written, moving story. It teaches so much. About rape, its consequences and its context, about guilt, and mostly it reminded me how strong humans are. I felt for bo...

Abigail rated it ★★★★☆

May 30, 2017

This is an important book. The writing isn't top notch, but the subject matter - rape and,consequently, forgiveness - does make you think. Its controversial, it makes you think about your own thoughts on the subject, your own experiences, your own relationships with men, all men. Its a book you rea...

Amanda rated it ★★★★★

June 25, 2017

I really want to give this book justice and write a proper review but it still may take me more time to process it all. Suffice to say a truly brilliant and powerful read. What incredibly brave people willing to share such an important personal story which does raise a lot of questions about our...

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