My Accidental Jihad

My Accidental Jihad

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"Utterly absorbing ... A beautiful book." -Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild"A bold piece of writing (and thinking) by an incredibly brave woman." -Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love Fifteen years ago, Krista Bremer was a surfer and an aspiring journalist who dreamed of a comfortable American life of adventure, romance, and opportunity. Then, on a running trail in North Carolina, she met Ismail, sincere, passionate, kind, yet from a very different world. Raised a Muslim--one of eight siblings born in an impoverished fishing village in Libya--his faith informed his life. When she and Ismail made the decision to become a family, Krista embarked on a journey she never could have imagined, an accidental jihad: a quest for spiritual and intellectual growth that would open her mind, and more important, her heart."A moving, lyrical memoir ... A sweet and rewarding journey of a book." -Kirkus Reviews"Readers of memoir will welcome this love story about patience and kindness and learning the importance of putting culture first." -Library Journal"Lucid, heartfelt, and profoundly humane, My Accidental Jihad navigates the boundaries of religion and politics to arrive at the universal experience of love." -G. Willow Wilson, author of Alif the Unseen"Bremer's particular story strikingly highlights the (usually more mundane) cultural clashes and compromises inherent to every marriage or long-term relationship." -Publishers Weekly ."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina :, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill,, 2014
ISBN: 9781616203979
Characteristics: 1 online resource (304 pages)
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redtayres
Jan 02, 2019

Krista Bremer has penned an interesting and well written - if overly long - story. It's not the page numbers that indicate "too long" but the feeling I got as I moved towards the last few chapters: she needed a way to end her story (which has in no way yet ended) and it took her a few chapters to get there. The ending as it were, presents nothing that one hadn't already gleaned from the pages that came before it. In the end, this is a nice portrait of a marriage between two people coming from different cultures. I will never forget how the author explained to her husband the feeling he should have as Christmas approaches. A good read but the last few chapters are a bit of a slog.

I felt like I was reading my own life..so close it resembled my new marriage to my tunisian husband..Very fast to read.Didnt want to put it down..Nicely written..

ehbooklover Jul 29, 2014

I chose to read this examination of an intercultural marriage when I saw the glowing review from Cheryl Strayed on the cover (Her book, “Wild”, is one of my favourite biographies). Unfortunately, it was just OK. While parts were interesting, there were many times the author was so long-winded that I found myself quickly flipping ahead so I could try to figure out how many more pages there were until I finally finished the book. That’s never a good sign.

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CecileSune
May 21, 2014

Krista Bremer, a South California girl who loves surfing, has just moved to North Carolina to study journalism when she meets Ismail Suayah, a Libyan older man from a poor, illiterate Muslim family. Soon they become a couple, but an unplanned pregnancy early in their relationship forces them to make choices. They decide to keep the baby and get married. My Accidental Jihad chronicles the challenges and rewards of a bi-cultural marriage.

I thought the title of the book was particularly well chosen: “accidental” refers to the unplanned pregnancy, and “jihad” means “effort” or “struggle” in Arabic, which conveys the difficulties of keeping a marriage alive. Krista Bremer is honest about her feelings, and is not afraid of asking questions. In addition, her descriptions are filled with beautiful imagery, and I thought her trip to Libya was really interesting because it opens the reader’s eyes to a different way of living. However, I would have liked to know what was the reaction of Krista’s family, especially her parents, when she told them she was going out with a Libyan. Did their perception of him change after 9/11? There must have been some prejudice about Muslims. I also thought that some parts of the book were a bit slow. In the end though, the book is a lesson in tolerance and acceptance, and it shows that Islam is all about surrender, that we need to accept that some aspects of our lives are out of our control.

Please go to my blog, Cecile Sune - Bookobsessed, if you would like to read more reviews or discover fun facts about books and authors.

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