Thursday, November 3, 2011
I struggled with the writing in the book. I had a hard time following the authors story - she seemed to jump around frequently in time and place and included details that I didn't feel related to the story at all. However, I hesitate to critique this as poor writing because I am so unfamiliar with African literature and African storytelling. I was also confused by a good deal of the dialogue between Somalians at various points in the book - the author uses slang and diction that I simply didn't understand. I felt like it was a barrier to me in really committing to the story. I'd like to read more African, and specifically Somali, literature to see if it gave me a better understanding of the book as a whole.
You hate to talk about entertainment value in a book about FGM, right? I mean I don't want to say "yeah, the gruesome details of torture that women are enduring on a daily basis around the world really made my evening past quickly." So while my confusion with the writing and the subject matter kept it from being a book I'd call entertaining, I do think it's a book that is important. If you aren't familiar with FGM, you should be. It's a major women's issue and as our world shrinks, the problem is spreading. At the end of the book, Mire addresses the growing problem of FGM in the United States. I definitely recommend reading it. Also, I am a huge fan of Eve Ensler and she has contributed a great introduction for the book.
Posted by Julie G at 5:25 PM