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An excellent Read,
This review is from: Children of Dust: A Memoir of Pakistan (Hardcover)
I have not been moved by a book in a long time, but I was touched by this book. It portrays Muslims as humans, who have the same problems as everyone else - money, education, employment, struggle of an immigrant, and then they have additional struggle of finding a balance between their religious identity and the culture of their adoptive country. It provides insight into that struggle, and how it would be so easy to loose that battle. The book touches some raw nerves in the Muslim Diasporas, it airs some dirty laundry, which no doubt will irk a lot of Muslims especially the one inclined towards fundamentalist ideology, and it highlights the conflict that Muslim youth face.
The book is amazing because it makes no apologies, and there is no negativity. Ali Eteraz does not demonize the religion or his personal conditions. He makes us all realise that even when things are bad, there is beauty and normalcy. The book is beautifully written. It is not about black and white, it is the story of various shades of grey. It is a sad book, but it is also joyous book. The book does service to Muslims in America that many scholars and fist thumping Muslims have been unable to do. Children of Dust, is a story of humanity, and it makes Muslims human, again.