After listening to Ayaan's book, Infidel, read by her, I know I've been in the presence of a very great lady. Her story is inspiring, heroic, and I believe unique in our self-centered western world - unique because of how she breaks the bonds of fate to create a new destiny.
I am stunned that she is so frequently bashed by the "leftist" political side of the spectrum. She is the epitome of what a feminist hero is all about. She is smart, bold, insatiably curious, and - what I love the most - she doesn't cater to any particular political dogma. She speaks her truth and with great power.
As far as I can tell, this is her first autobiography a detailed and moving account from her earliest childhood memories of a harsh experience escaping war in Somalia and frequently at the mercy of her mother and the various households in which she lives, in Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia.
Most people find it impossible to escape what she calls the mental bars of the prisons in which they find themselves as a consequence of birth. She not only escapes but overcomes overwhelming odds to carve out a new life and advocate for Muslim women caught in that religion's grip. That and deal with the death threats. Wow! Ayaan- you have a new fan!
Excellent book that looks at the muslim
Faith with a critical eye like only a Muslim albeit a former Muslim , could!
every Muslim should read it. Although it.
Would be wasted on the leaders. But of
Enormous value to oppressed and violated
This is a very readable autobiography.
The author, of course, is this reader's favorite character. One cannot but be arrested by the straightforward relating of her story; her sweet melodic voice seems to understate the incredible events that occurred in her world.
Ali's story drew me back to my own experience working as a young nurse in Malawi, Africa. Upon returning home in California, it was almost impossible to explain the barriers to teaching health principles in a third world country. The average western citizen cannot really comprehend why the African or any human raised in a primitive culture can't be jettisoned into the 21st century. The reason a person does not adopt the so called 'superior' western perspective has nothing to do with intelligence or poor choices. As Ali takes us through her own African-Muslim upbringing and beliefs, we begin to have an inkling of understanding how giving up one's core beliefs and world view is not easily done, if not impossible.
With all the things happening in the world you wonder how many Islamic people's read this book and what their take is in it. I would Imagin it is very different for both males and females.
Everything this woman has experienced and talks about is moving and inspiring. She offers her opinions and she openly admits many people don't agree with her, but she fights for the constitutional right to have freedom of speech. She is hard working and dedicated and this book is powerful. I recommend this book to any one with a brain that is intelligent and wants to hear powerful and influential stuff. If you aren't a person who wouldn't want to hear this woman's empowering and influential story then you are the human equivalent to frozen yoghurt or celery. And frankly I don't want those kind of people in my life... just saying.
The audio edition allows to hear the right pronunciation of Arabic names and places. I enjoyed that.
I understand the value of having the writer tell her own story, especially in an autobiography. On the other hand, Ayaan seemed many times emotionally detached from the terrible episodes of her life she was describing.
I listen to audiobooks mainly during commutes, and it was hard to get out of the car sometimes.
The editing of the story was very poor. Many times the narrator finished a sentence, and the next one started without a second's pause.
This is an essential read/listen for anyone who wants to get a thorough understanding of what it is like for women to grow up in Islamic societies in North Africa and the Middle East. It highlights problems within Western societies and what can be done about them.