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My Accidental Jihad av Krista Bremer

My Accidental Jihad (utgåvan 2014)

av Krista Bremer (Författare)

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A full-length account of a Pushcart Prize-winning essay describes the author's experiences as the journalist wife of a Libyan-born Muslim with whom she lives in the American south, a relationship that has endured prejudices and respective views about family and parenting.
Titel:My Accidental Jihad
Författare:Krista Bremer (Författare)
Info:Algonquin Books (2014), 304 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek


My Accidental Jihad av Krista Bremer


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Cringe-inducing sopolistic tripe Krista Bremmer was a surfer who decided to go to graduate school for journalism. While at her school in North Carolina, she meets Ismail, an older Libyan man who will become her husband. This book recounts the start of their relationship and marriage. I could not understand the goal or purpose of this book. At no point does it appear Bremmer attempts to command a greater understanding of her husband, Islam or Libya. It was a painful read and I had to resort to skimming it because I lost count at the number of times I developed second-hand embarrassment.
I could tell the book wasn't going to be very good because it starts off with a digression about her work and experiences working at Planned Parenthood. I have no problem with that, but underneath the pseuo-enlightened sentiment it was clear this was not going to be a good read. In all honestly I got the impression she chose to marry Ismail because she had become pregnant and had absolutely no direction in her life.
She does not appear to attempt to understand Ramadan or WHY Muslims undertake fasting. She complains her husband's breath starts smelling instead. She's embarrassed by Ismail's attempts to barter with merchants in the US. When they go to Libya, there is no "aha" moment, no moment of truth. All she sees is the poverty and corruption of Libya and even writes she wants to cut off family contact (thereby denying her daughter and future son their father's family). There's nothing wrong not seeing her husband's homeland with un-tinted glasses, but when it's completely seen through the eyes of the West and colonialism (and no discussion about how and why Gaddafi came to power), it continued to show Bremmer's complete one dimensional understanding of her husband, his background and his religion.
Elsewhere other reviews speculate Bremmer may have left out quite a bit out of respect for her husband. I'm not sure I subscribe to that. She writes how her husband rejected aspects of "Arab culture" such as insisting his sisters be allowed to choose their own husbands. Libya isn't Arab, it's Northern African. And arranged marriages are not exclusive to the Arab world OR to Islam. The problem is that the author brings her own conceptions and ideas to the table and sees little to no room for changing them.
I certainly wasn't expecting her to convert and begin covering her hair by the end of the book, but I do think she didn't try to understand her husband and Islam. (I also wouldn't consider myself an expert at all, but I had roommates were Muslim and I could understand why her husband did some of the things he did.) And apparently they are still married (why on earth is he still married to her??), which I hope is being helped by the counseling she briefly mentions towards the end of the book.
Really glad I did not buy the book and was able to snag it at the library. I  have no idea what this woman intended when she wrote it, but I came away thinking this horribly self-centered woman is raising two children and apparently lacks the will or direction to understand them or her husband a little better. A truly awful memoir that isn't very well-written. Library if you're really interested.
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  HoldMyBook | Feb 11, 2018 |
A captivating and moving memoir about a women's journey through love, interethnic marriage, parenthood, and life. This memoir follows Krista from her surfing days to a journalism career to a chance encounter with a runner that eventually leads to a discovered pregnancy, and soon a cross-cultural marriage. The author shows us her experiences being married to a Muslim man, her own journey with religion, and the experience of a different culture, with refreshing honesty and humanity. As a reader who has a deep love and interest in the study of religion, especially Islam, I couldn't stop myself from escaping into Bremer's journey. This in an important memoir; beautifully written with wisdom everyone can appreciate and learn from on each page.

Sarah M. / Marathon County Public Library
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  mcpl.wausau | Sep 25, 2017 |
What an amazingly honest and well written story about a cross-cultural relationship and marriage. I really enjoyed hearing about the author’s experiences being married to a Muslim man. It gave me a very different insight about an average Muslim and their faith in contrast to what we hear about in the media. I gained such a respect for this married couple as they stayed committed to each other despite their ongoing struggles with their cultural differences. It was enlightening and touching to hear about how they learned to accept some of those differences and yet remained loyal to their own personal culture, faith, beliefs, and traditions. Definitely not easy and the author is very candid about her feelings and frustrations. I ended up enjoying this book a lot more than I anticipated and would recommend it to anyone that wants to open their mind and learn about cultures that are different from our own.

Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. ( )
  LorettaR | Jul 16, 2015 |
I received a free early review copy from LibraryThing last year, but somehow didn't get around to reading it. I found this memoir captivating and finished the book in one day. Quick and easy read. The book is full of humor and love and I really enjoyed the way it's written. I love the way the author covers the cultural differences between herself and her husband. ( )
  AnnikaBirgitta | Jan 27, 2015 |
I received my copy awhile ago and finally was able to pick it up this morning to see where to place it in my TBR pile. I read it in one sitting this morning as my chores piled up around me. The premise of this book has been written about thoroughly and well. Since I knew little about the Muslim religion and even less about the Libyan people, I found this memoir fascinating. The section regarding their trip to Libyia to meet her husband's family was eye opening. I enjoyed this book and look forward to Krista Bremer's next book. ( )
  Dianekeenoy | Nov 12, 2014 |
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