Saturday, January 14, 2012
Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
If you look over my past reading history, you’ll notice that Infidel is not a book that I normally would pick up. Ever. But that’s the funny thing about book clubs, they get you to read books you normally would avoid. Infidel is the story of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a former member of Dutch Parliament who grew up a Muslim home. She was born in Somalia and moved from there to Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Kenya, back to Somalia, back to Kenya, and finally to Germany and The Netherlands. She now lives in the United States
Without a doubt, Ayaan is a strong woman. She overcame unbelievable hurdles to make it to The Netherlands and start her new life. She is someone to admire in that sense. I don’t agree with all the choices she made in her life but I see that for her, there were no real choices.
This is a great book for very interesting discussions. It hits on tolerance, religion, culture and politics. Consider it for your next book club.