jazzmom636, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by jazzmom636)
This book changes your worldview. She describes life experiences that the Western reader would find abhorent, but from her viewpoint were the expected norm. A must read for women everywhere.
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itsmerunning, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by itsmerunning)
This was an amazing book. And sn amazing woman. I learned so much more than I expected. It has stayed with me, and I find myself thinking about it often. It is a biography of life in Somalia and other countries through the eyes of a little girl, and then follows her as she goes to a western country. She now lives in USA under guard. Loved it!!!!
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con38, January 14, 2008 (view all comments by con38)
I bought this book with no idea what to expect. This book is a wealth of information on Islam African history and the day to day struggles of Ayaan Hirsi Ali. It is a must read .
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Judith Brink, January 9, 2008 (view all comments by Judith Brink)
I bought this book on a whim and it has been well worth it. Living in Africa one finds it hard to accept that the things talked about in this book do still happen around us today. The book is written beautifully, the content often shocking but thought provoking, expecially the relationships between mothers and daughters.
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Ali's memoir Infidel reveals an extraordinary woman who survived a harrowing early life, fled to the Netherlands to escape an arranged marriage, and was elected to that country's Parliament before death threats landed her under 24-hour guard. Not every reader will agree with her political and religious positions, but her intelligence, resilience, and courage are inspiring. I was deeply moved by her response, near the end of the book, to questions of what it is like to live with death threats. She recites her many brushes with death, from the moment of her birth onward, and concludes, "Even with bodyguards and death threats I feel privileged to be alive and free." It is to her credit that she dedicated herself to bringing that freedom to other oppressed women.
by Kelly L.
by William Grimes, New York Times,
"Ms. Hirsi Ali's struggles to gain a toehold in her new country, and her perceptions of the West, told through innocent eyes, put flesh and blood on an immigrant story repeated countless times throughout Western Europe."
by Miami Herald,
"While often horrifying and heartbreaking, Infidel is an ultimately inspiring story of defiance, resilience and truth-seeking."
by San Diego Union-Tribune,
"[A]t its core, her story is about a crisis of faith, and her compelling account of her transfiguration offers a glint of hope that, like Christianity before it, Islam may be brought to its senses by legions of incensed apostates."
by Wall Street Journal,
"[T]he book reads like a...coming-of-age novel — except that a Muslim girl from Mogadishu was never supposed to develop a sense of 'self' in the first place."
by Christopher Hitchens,
"A charismatic figure...of arresting and hypnotizing beauty...[who writes] with quite astonishing humor and restraint."
by ing hold,
In this profoundly affecting memoir from the internationally renowned author of The Caged Virgin, Ayaan Hirsi Ali tells her life story, from her traditional Muslim childhood in Somalia to her intellectual awakening in the Netherlands to her life under armed guard in the West.
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