Book Review - Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

I did not know what to expect before reading this book, as I only knew Ayaan Hirsi Ali then as a famous person due to her involvement in the making of the short film 'Submission' which was critical of Islam and its treatment towards women. Her partner in making the film, Theo van Gogh was savagely murdered by Muslim extremists in retaliation for his role in the making of the film. Since then, Ayaan Hirsi Ali's life has been in constant danger from such elements.

This book is an eye-opener to another part of the world - Africa, and describes in detail about her life growing up there, as well as in Saudi Arabia. Woven into a fascinating narrative, she described the complications between clan relations, religion and cultural practices and how it particularly affects women in Africa.

I admire Ayaan Hirsi Ali for her bravery and desire to make the most out of life, facing life's insurmountable odds with strong determination. This book is a must-read, if only to make one feel incredibly blessed of one's life. Ayaan's life story, for me, is more incredible and interesting than any story that could be dreamed up.

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