Well after my discussion of freedom of speech and censorship, I could not speak of a more important book. No not just important- but IMPORTANT (in caps!)
I don’t really read bios as a rule- I read a famous one earlier this year and just shrugged my shoulders at it. But this- this was different.
To say Ayaan Hirsi Ali is remarkable is an understatement. For those of you that do not know who Ayaan Hirsi Ali is I would describe her thus: a refugee, an intellectual and a former member of the Dutch parliament. Above all, she stands up for freedom of speech- at great personal risk- if you don’t know who she is, you should check her out. I’d say she is one of the most important people in the world.
Now, if you have ever heard Ayaan Hirsi Ali speak you will know she is softly spoken- but at the same time delivers hammer blows of world shaking magnitude in what she says. This book is written in the same lyrical style. Though it took some time to get into, once I did, I found it was completely absorbing and compelling- I was obsessed with it. It was one of the most addictive of books I have ever read.
As for the content, the abuse she suffered is horrifying, but this is in no way a despairing work. It is a book about finding your courage. As I have already said, Ayaan Hirsi Ali being is an admirable woman and dare I say it, she is one of the most courageous women that has ever lived.
I cannot shy away from how controversial people find this book- yet I have to share it- I cannot hide from my own mind and fail to talk of something of this magnitude. This is a book for anyone who believes in free speech. It is to society’s shame that it is radical to support a woman who stands up for civil rights, women’s rights and freedom of speech. It is up those of us who feel otherwise to raise our voices when we can against this outrage.
Rating: 5/5 bananas
That’s all for now! Have you read this book? Do you plan to? Are you a fan of Ayaan Hirsi Ali? Let me know in the comments!