Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Children of Dust

Ali Eteraz has written this Memoir of Pakistan, with style and an amazing amount of detail. In his descriptions of his childhood, you can smell the smells and feel the dust under your feet.

From his education through his youth and adulthood, he is a constantly changing, chameleon, adjusting himself to be the best Islamic man he can be. He endures beatings, terror, humiliation, and ignorance, as he struggles to find his place, first in Pakistan, then to the US, Alabama, of all places, New York and back to Pakistan. He wants to be the best Muslim, the best son, the best American, and finds it much more difficult than he expected.

As someone who knows nothing about the Muslim faith, I found some of the words difficult, and a little confusing, but don't let that deter you. This is a very personal memoir, and I found myself rooting for his success. He went from an innocent boy to a reformed man, in the course of the story, he is a highly intelligent man, who learned both from his faith and his experiences.

I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in learning more about Islam and how it relates to todays world.

I received this book from Julie at FSB Associates for review. Thank you!


  1. sounds quite interesting. thanks for the review.

  2. Sounds like an amazing read. I love it when the words are so descriptive you can picture yourself there, seeing the sights, smelling the smells. A sure sign of a book well written.

  3. This is an extremely well-written review. This book is on my TBR list -- I am really looking forward to reading it.