Book Intro Tuesday is hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea.
Feel free to join in with an introduction to your newest read.
"Who are you?"
"I am Ayaan, the daughter of Hirsi, the son of Magan."
I am sitting with my grandmother on a grass mat under the talal tree.
Behind us is our house, and the branches of the talal tree are al that shields us from the sun blazing down on the white sand. "Go on," my grandmother says, glaring at me.
"And Magan was the son of Isse."
"Isse was the son of Muhammad. Ali. Umar." I hesitate for a moment.
"Osman. Mahamud." I catch my breath, proud of myself.
(back cover summary)
One of today's most admired and controversial political figures, Ayaan Hirsi Ali burst into international headlines following the murder of Theo Van Gogh by an islamist who threatened that she would be next. She made headlines again when she was stripped of her citizenship and resigned from the Dutch Paarliament.
Infidel shows the coming of age of this distinguished political superstar and champion of free speech as well as the development of her beliefs, iron will, and extraordinary determination to fight injustice. Raised in a strict Muslim family, Hirsi Ali survived civil war, female mutilation, brutal beatings, adolescence as a devout believer during the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, and life in four troubled, unstable countries ruled largely by despots. She escaped from a forced marriage and sought asylum in the Netherlands, where she earned a college degree in political science, tried to help her tragically depressed sister adjust to the West, and fought for the rights of Muslim women and the reform of Islam as a member of Parliament. Under constant threat, demonized by reactionary Islamists and politicians, disowned by her father and expelled from family and clan, she refuses to be silenced.
What do you think? Would you keep reading? Her writing is a little stilted at first because English is like her third or fourth language, but now that I am into the flow of the story I can't get her voice out of my head. Amazing, really.