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Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
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Sep 16, 09

bookshelves: book-club
Recommended to Michelle by: My dad :)
Read in September, 2009 — I own a copy

My dad got this book for his 50th birthday and passed it along to me when he was through with it. I suggested it to my book club and many moons later, we got around to reading it. This book prompted what was possibly our longest discussion--a two-hour long talk about what we liked; how we admired Hirsi Ali's strength, even though we sometimes didn't like her too much; relationships between men and women, relationships between fathers and daughters, mothers and daughters; the disappointment of hypocrisy; what we thought of the Islamic faith; it just went on and on. We all learned a lot about Somalia, the Dutch government(!), Islam, and the perseverance and pain that this one woman went through, all in a very readable, fast-paced book. (Perseverance and pain...that might be the theme of our book club....) Try it out! Even if you don't love it as much as my book club, I think you'll still get something out of it. We all definitely want to learn more--"HOW does the Dutch government work again?!", "Maybe we should read Approaching the Qur'an...", and "What is Hirsi Ali doing now?" were all questions raised from our meeting.
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