Point of Contact: "Infidel" by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Tuesday, 06 Nov 2007

I've been mulling over how to start this for several days. I read Ayaan Hirsi Ali's explosive memoir, Infidel, in the context of other reading: A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini's second novel that focuses on the suffering of women in Islamic culture; and The Known World, a novel by Edward P. Jones about the precarious lives of slaves and freed slaves set in pre-Civil War rural Virginia. All three are tales of oppression and brutality. And with each I was left with a profound sense of sadness. One thing ...

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