Monday, January 16, 2012


A Kindle read
 I just finished reading Infidel for my reading circle that takes place tonight. 

What can I say about this evocative, shocking and heart-wrenching book written by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somalian woman who escaped the clutches of an arranged marriage and lived to tell her story.

I was wary of reading this book because I did not want to read another non-fiction selection after reading The Immortal Life of Henriette Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.  I had had enough for a while of poverty, despair and a life of bad luck.  Henrietta died young of a horrible cancer and neither her or her family ever made a cent on the billions of her cells that are still being used in research today.

This book is different because Ayaan Hirsi rises up out of her misery and like a phoenix is born again into a life of enlightenment, education and service.  Life has handed her a lemon and she makes lemonade not only for herself but for Muslim women all over the world who live under the dictates of the Koran. Hirsi Ali calls a spade a spade and she explains brilliantly why it is so.  In a simple but deceptively intelligent voice, she recounts with a child's naivete, the events that lead up to her trip to Canada to marry a man she neither knows nor cares for.

For anyone who wants to understand the Muslim faith and get an unbiased analysis of the Koran and the Hadith, this book is for you. 

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is to be commended not only for sharing her story but for risking her life to let the world understand the life of women living under the strict laws of the Koran.

Watch the video below that she created with Theo Van Gogh (great-grandson of Vincent's brother) called Suppression. Van Gogh would be murdered for the part he played in making this film.

It is like a trailer for this powerful book which deserves 4.5/5 stars.

Bonne journée,


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