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Escape to Hell and Other Stories [Hardcover]

Muammar Gadaffi
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1 Jan 1999
For almost three decades, Western audiences have seen Muammar Gaddafi as a provocative, defiant, fiery head of state. He has often been accused of condoning terrorism and financing extremist groups. Major powers have tried to radicate his regime through embargoes and even a bombing operation during which one of Gaddafi's children was killed. In the present texts, aside from the views of a revolutionary and a prophet, we discover Gaddafi as a writer and an essayist.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Blake Publishing (1 Jan 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185782346X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857823462
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 12.5 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 295,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive 10 July 2011
In fairness, in order to write a review of this man's writings, one has to brush aside their personal opinions regarding him and his regime. Just read the book, the stories and essays contained and look deeply into what he is saying. Gadaffi writes rather poetically, even if he does come across rather rambling at times. He is full of passion for life at the village and desert and hates the modern world and the city. I can relate to what he says about the city hustle and bustle and how everyone is too busy with their own problems and I understand what he states regarding people always wanting more. That is a common trait in people nowadays, give them a bit and they will always want more. His stories and essays are not stories of fiction, but more about his thoughts and feelings. He speaks passionately about his father and it is very thought provoking how he describes "Death." The problem with Gadaffi's writing is that pieces can be picked out at random and he can be ridiculed. However, reading the entire transcript from where a certain quote is extracted from is enlightening.

I have to also mention the story about the astronaunt here which is the only real fictitious story contained in the book. Here again we see issues raised which press heavily on Gadaffi's mind.

The forward by the editor also analyses the stories and essays contained in this book and even raises awareness to some of the alleged terrorist activity this man and his regime have been accused of.

A nicely bound book which is well presented. The photograph of Gadaffi on the front cover and the inside flap are an added bonus. I found it an educational and even enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who do you say I am? 27 Mar 2011
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Laugh-out-loud sarcastic attacks on religious fanatics; overwhelmingly tender memories of his father; solidarity with the little people of this world who are left out of every equation; revelations of his own frustrations and limitations; a passionate love for nature and the beauties of Creation; loathing for the harshness of modern urban life. All is here.And you thought you knew Colonel Gaddafi?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny Book 13 Oct 2011
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I was nearly creased up with laughter at his sarcastic treatment of Islamic terrorists. One or two of the chapters are a little hard to understand and leaves one wondering what he is trying to say. It is odd though that a man who loved the countryside lived in the city. I do agree though that cities ruin the land. I can understand his idea for the revolutionary council, though I do not agree with it as it compromises the committees and congresses. You need to read this with the Green book, which you can download for free from Mathaba. Just google 'Mathaba'. Gaddafi will be sadly missed by some.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good 5 Mar 2013
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this book was really good and really enjoyed reading it. Would recomened it to anyone who likes to read. Great book
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5.0 out of 5 stars No drainpipes for me 21 Oct 2011
I was lucky enough to get some time to read this as book as I was bring dragged into a cell to be tortured. A close friend, who had been shot by a sniper, had recommended the book to me.

This book really resonated with me, in a way that I thought no resonatable book could. It has words, they are structured, they are facing the right way up, & the pages turn when you use your hands.

One (relatively minor) criticism is that the author, a well-respected state leader from Libya, glosses over (ever so slightly, sorry) potential short-comings - although (in fairness & uderstandably) this was probably equally driven by editorial contraints.

For anyone who believes that despots simply can't get away with it for so long, I urge them to buy this book.
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