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Abdi Nor Iftin first fell in love with America from afar As a child he learned English by listening to American pop artist. Studying Political Science I spent many hours learning about unsuccessful peacekeeping operations and failed states The ultimate example Somalia a country shaken by war terrorism and ever changing tribal conflicts so violent and complicated that it makes you feel desperate reading scientific texts about it and they are of course rather detached in language Abdi Nor Iftin was born in Somalia and lived through all of this and his impressive memoir is so powerful not only because he writes in a very sober language that has great narrative force but also because of his perseverance While people around him were brutally murdered and his home country blasted and shot to ruins many others lost faith and were mentally destroyed which seems unsurprising regarding what they had to experience but Iftin somehow managed to fight on trying to survive to escape hunger and religious indoctrination and ultimately to flee Somalia But his point is clearly not to portray himself as a hero but to stand up for all Somali refugees who often have to endure discrimination and are freuently neglected and overlooked by the international community Somalia is a relatively small 19th biggest in Africa poor country which is mostly portrayed as a harbour for terrorists and pirates But there are millions of people in and from Somalia who just want to live in peace Abdi Nor Iftin is one of them Most of the book tells the story of the multiple conflicts and their repercussions during the reign of Siad Barre the Civil war and the rise of Al Shabaab including the reasons for the success of the terror organization After fleeing from a drought in the rural areas Iftin and his family lived in Magodishu where the author was known as Abdi American due to his love for Western culture and his self taught ability to speak English and it were these exact things that made him a target for the radical Islamists But would the country of his dreams grant him entrance and save his lifeThis is such a moving and informative book it achieves everything that the celebrated Small Country tries to do Highly recommended And if you are interested in Iftin s take on the current President of the country he loves read his article President Trump Betrayed My American Dream in Time Magazine

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Call Me American

Dishu to take on the warlords Abdi cheered the arrival of these real Americans who seemed as heroic as those of the movies. This memoir tells the story of Abdi Iftin affectionately known as Abdi American who survives several civil wars in Somalia and comes to emigrate to America through grit perseverance and a little bit of luck This book was extremely graphic in the way it described the horrors Abdi and his family faced in addition to being subject to extreme poverty and abuse at the hand of his schoolteacher It also contained some interesting tidbits such as how one little boy from his neighborhood ended up fleeing Somalia to become a breakout star in the Tom Hanks film Captain PhillipsOne of my gripes with this book is it tended to drag on during certain parts of his story I found myself uickly skimming through certain paragraphs that I felt didn t add anything new or relevant to his life story Also I was left feeling unsatisfied with the last chapter in the book There were some unanswered uestions that would have wrapped up the story nicely For example what happened with Abdi and Fatuma Overall I would recommend this book to read if you re interested in learning about the conditions people in Somalia faced during their civil wars from a firsthand perspective I received this ARC from Random House Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review

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S like Michael Jackson and watching films starring action heroes like Arnold Schwarzenegger When US marines landed in Moga. Growing up in war torn Somalia Abdi Nor Iftin narrowly escaped death than a few times Watching American movies provided a source of comfort to him and it s how he was able to learn English But in 2006 Islamic extremists come to power and Western culture influences are not only banned but could have deadly conseuences for Abdi With the help of strangers who have been captivated by Abdi sharing his experiences on NPR and the Internet he is able to flee to Kenya and eventually finds his way to America via the visa lottery But does the land of the free meet Abdi s expectationsI feel like whatever I write in this review won t do this book justice I really hope this book finds an audience because Abdi s life story is incredible and one worth reading I read memoirs freuently including ones that take place in war torn countries and I would place this book among the very best I have read in the genre It took me on a roller coaster of emotions His descriptions of his life growing up are heartbreaking but through it all his spirit somehow remains unbreakable I can t say enough good things about this book and it s one I highly recommendThank you First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy I was under no obligation to post a review and all views considered are my honest opinion


10 thoughts on “Call Me American

  1. says:

    Studying Political Science I spent many hours learning about unsuccessful peacekeeping operations and failed states The ultimate example Somalia a country shaken by war terrorism and ever changing tribal conflicts so violent and complicated that it makes you feel desperate reading scientific texts about it and they are of

  2. says:

    A page turner of a book Whether speaking of his upbringing in rural Somalia or in Mogadishu and then later joining his brother in Nairobi Kenya you are mesmerized by this autobiographyAbdi Nor Iftin became a fan of American movies – the action kind – in his teenage years in Mogadishu From his avid watching he gradually started to learn English – mind you many of the expressions he picked up were from “The Terminator” type of movi

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    Phenomenal this has to be one of the best memoirs I've ever read A riveting account of life in war torn Somalia even if memoirs aren't usually your thing I'd implore as many readers as possible to read Abdi's story

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    In his Call Me American A Memoir Abdi Nor Iftin provides an indispensable and elouent addition to the canon of American immigrant literature Iftin adroitly relates his story of growing up in Mogadishu with parents forced to abandon

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    My future was a mystery but at least I was leaving hell forever from Call Me American by Abdi Nor IftinAbdi's Somalian paren

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    Growing up in war torn Somalia Abdi Nor Iftin narrowly escaped death than a few times Watching American movies provided a source of comfort to him and it's how he was able to learn English But in 2006 Islamic extremists come to power and Western culture influences are not only banned but could have deadly conseuences for Abdi With the help of strangers who have been captivated by Abdi sharing his experiences on NPR and the Interne

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    can't remember the last time a book made me cry this hard maybe bridge to terabithia ? I went all day after reading this book It's harrowing t

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    This memoir tells the story of Abdi Iftin affectionately known as Abdi American who survives several civil wars in Somalia and comes to emigrate to America through grit perseverance and a little bit of luck This book was extremely g

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    In the dictionary as a definition to the word optimist should be Abdi Nor Iftin's photograph He grew up in Somalia where he learned English by watching American movies Arnold Schwartzenegger? and listening to American music Michael Jackson He taught American to his friends and family Once war breaks out in his homeland he decides it is tim

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    Call Me American A Memior by Abdi Nor Iftin did a number on me I felt for Abdi and what his family went through and might still be going through The world can be so tiring at times sighThis Memior is about Abdi who grew up in Somalia which is in constant war We get a first hand account what it is like living in