Top critical review
well written, lacking emotion, hard to feel empathy, but interesting historically
21 February 2016
How do you judge an autobiography without judging the person? This is a really interesting book, and has opened my eyes towards refugees. Dr Muderis led an interesting, privileged life in Iraq, but refused to surgically remove ears of people as punishment as ordered by Sadam Hussein. While this is horrific in itself, Dr Muderis does not write with emotion, rather, quite factually. The book does not reveal him as a person with feelings and opinions. He skips over his personal life leaving more questions than answers. His description of the truly awful boat crossing to Australia is written as though he was observing, but not really participating. I struggled with the sense of entitlement that he felt he had, while feeling sympathetic also that he could not have the life he wanted.