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"Crammed with harrowing details, Hirsi Ali's account is a significant contribution to our times." (Kirkus Reviews)
"A clearly written and fascinating account of exceptional courage." (Library Journal)
"Infidel is a unique book, Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a unique writer, and both deserve to go far." (The Washington Post)
Feminist with a literary interest in thought-provoking nonfiction, captivating memoirs, and fiction I've been meaning to read for years.
I was headed on a long trip and stopped by my local library to pick up some audiobooks. This was one of the books I chose because I had little to knowledge of the content and it caught my eye. A day later, when I was traveling by train (without my car's CD player) I joined Audible SO THAT I COULD CONTINUE LISTENING TO THIS BOOK. seriously, that's how gripping I found the content. What I loved most about Infidel was harrowing, authentic, and vulnerable story.
I have never read another book like Infidel however I had a similar reaction to the first time I attended a performance of The Vagina Monolougues a hundred years ago.
I earned several Audible badges while listening to this book because I could not out it down.
Perhaps. Much to absorb.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
I would if I was on a long trip or working at something that didn't absorb my mind; however, no time to listen for hours straight.
Some of the stories about women abused by their fundamentalist (mostly male) relatives were disturbing. The author had a dramatic and difficult life, full of episodes that would traumatize most of us.
This is a fascinating story that takes us from the author's early childhood in Somalia to her emigration to the US. Along the way, she witnesses and is the victim of many dramatic events, including civil war, child abuse, forced marriage, and other things not experienced by those of us born in the developed world. She learns to take control of her life and becomes a leading fighter for the rights of women from the Islamic world. Very inspiring.
Since English is not the author's native language, she is a little difficult to understand at first, but I found my ear adapted fairly quickly.
Yes, The book is read by the author and you can feel the emotion and hear the "ring of truth" in every word.
There is a similarity to "I am Malala" by Malala Yousatzai. The books are both about the treatment of women under Islam. Malala's book does not question Islam only certain factions (i.e. Tali-ban).
As I mentioned in the earlier question. Hearing the author read her own book gives you considerably more insight into the work.
The book is non-stop. It was riveting and compelling.
Yes. An inspirational story of driven young woman and great insight into Somali culture .
This book is captivating from the very beginning. I didn't want to stop listening. I learned so much about Islam that I never knew! The author's transparency is so refreshing in a world where most people hide behind veils of secrecy. The author's love for her father despite his absenteeism and her love for her mother despite her mother's constant abuse was very apparent throughout the book. I especially admire this author for her determination to reveal the truth about Islam to the civilized world. I know she is a declared atheist, but I am not. Therefore, I pray to God that He will draw her to Himself so she may know his endless mercy.
Ayaan describes her life as a Muslim girl and women, her devout faith, and then a realization and understanding of the corruption of it's message.
She narrates and lays bare what it is like to be female=(a third class gender that is subject to the rulings and ownership of males) in the Muslim society she was raised in.
She had great strength and courage to see past the veil.
I think the more knowledge individuals have, the easier it is to respect oneself, thereby negating the practice and desire to belittle others.
(Apparently I started to feel rather passionate about this and ended up writing a great deal.)
This is the short version.
This is an important book.
I would recommend the book highly, due to its personal and introspective nature, but I personally couldn't get through the narration. Perhaps Ms. Ali's accent was too thick for me to focus on the book; perhaps certain portions were narrated very flatly, so while I could recommend the book, I couldn't recommend the audio version. (NOTE: I have heard her interviews and speeches and find them much more expressive).
This made me glad that there are Muslim women like Ayaan in the world who are willing to speak out against the horrors that go on in the name of Islam - it made me angry at how religion was used as a battering ram both in her family and in the broader culture itself.
Very important book. With Muslims being a growing population emigrating to western countries, it is important to understand the beliefs espoused by the culture itself.
I'm a professional painter and love ennobling, enlightening literature
no, just because there isn't enough time to listen to many books more than once. I read Geek Love and to Kill a Mockingbird twice. Can't really think of others I've revisited for a full reading or listen.
in some ways, Alice in Wonderland; Ayaan travels to lands far away that seem magical or frightening because they are so dissimilar from whence she began
steady perseverance and study surmounts obstacles
I loved this book. It lives on vividly. It's thought provoking on a myriad of levels.
Yes, because Ayaan reads her story herself. It adds another dimension, and I am glad to have chosen this edition. Thank you, Ayaan, for reading!
A "must listen" in my opinion.
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