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A House in the Sky: A Memoir of a Kidnapping That Changed Everything [Kindle Edition]

Amanda Lindhout , Sara Corbett
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)

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The spectacularly dramatic memoir of a woman whose curiosity about the world led her from rural Canada to imperiled and dangerous countries on every continent, and then into fifteen months of harrowing captivity in Somalia-a story of courage, resilience, and extraordinary grace.

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This is one of the most powerfully-written books I have ever read. Harrowing, brutal, hopeful, graceful, redeeming and true, it tells a story of inhumanity and humanity that somehow feels deeply ancient and completely modern. It is beautiful, devastating and heroic - both a shout of defiance and a humbling call to prayer -- Elizabeth Gilbert

About the Author

Amanda Lindhout is the Founder and Executive Director of the Global Enrichment Foundation which raises money to help Somali women gain a university education, set up after her year-long incarceration by Islamic extremists in the country. She has been featured on featured on the pages of publications including ELLE, Canadian Living and The Globe and Mail and has appeared on The Today Show, NBC Nightly News and the BBC, describing her ordeal. Amanda divides her time between Alberta, Canada and Nairobi, Kenya.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1195 KB
  • Print Length: 375 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (3 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F02CI94
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,027 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful memoir 18 Sept. 2013
If you only read one memoir this year, make it A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett.

Amanda Lindhout is from Alberta, Canada. As a young child living in a turbulent household, she collected and cashed in bottles. And what did she spend her money on? Old National Geographic magazines. Amanda escaped into the pages,dreaming of one day visiting the exotic places pictured.

At nineteen she has saved enough money from waitressing to make those dreams a reality. Her first trip abroad is to Venezuela.

"I had seen this place in the magazine, and now we were here, lost in it. It was a small truth affirmed. And it was all I needed to keep going."

Lindhout repeats the cycle, earning, then travelling. She visits most of Latin America, India, Burma, Ethiopia, Syria, Pakistan, Sudan and dozens more. Her joy in exploring and experiencing new places and people is tangible. But, each trip she takes is a little further off the beaten path. And finally, she's travelling to some of the most war torn countries in the world.

In Kabul, Afghanistan she begins a career as a fledgling freelance /journalist/photojournalist - with no formal training, associations or contacts. With some success under her belt, she heads next to Baghdad, Iraq to work as a reporter for Iran's Press TV. Moving on from there she decides to head to Mogadishu, Somalia in 2008 - bigger stories might help her career take off faster. She wonders if an old flame, Nigel Brennan, an Aussie photographer wants to join her. He does.......and four days after their arrival in Somalia, they are kidnapped by insurgents from an Islamic fundamentalist group. And, they are held.... for 460 days.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I have mixed feelings about the author of this book. Let me say first I am very happy she lived to tell her story but I have seen before. this folly of heading straight into danger unnescessarily just to prove a point and not listen to sound advice. She wanted to add another country to her list of countries visited.Amanda Lindhout never stays long enough to emerge herself into any of the cultures before her,learn the language or attempt to be part of life as lived in these faraway places. 20 or 30 years old copies of National Geografic Magazine does not make a worldtraveller nor did the woman(don't remember her name) who went around the world on foot and who missed out on some of the most wonderful sights just because they were not on her itinerary,sad! I have travelled myself to some of the places Amanda has travelled to (and a few she hasn't been to) but I take my time and avoid on the whole turists and compatriots. Good advice,let the embassy know where you are headed(or consulate) and travelling as a lone woman always look up the head-women of the villages first. They will look after you and protect your back and make you feel you are part of their extended family. That is travelling at its most seductive.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A house in the sky. 11 April 2014
By tonjean
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A very gripping book and story of this very brave. Young lady she endured Terrible things whilst held captive but came through it after 15 months. A book you can't put down.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
"A House in the Sky" by Amanda Lindhout is the real story of the author's abduction in Somalia when she was kidnapped during her travel.
A year and 3 months later she was released, she again won their freedom, but her life was forever changed.
Therefore she decided to share the memory of her days in captivity with all of us...

This book was told in a really brave way, making it hard to be put on shelf until it's read completely.
It's sometimes tough to even read it, and even further to think how she felt during countless months of imprisonment and to go through it all once again to be able to write this book.

She described her captivity vividly, with so many details and although a reader knows that in the end she was freed you can't stop yourself turning pages to make that happen as soon as possible, and stop her suffering.

But on the other level this book is more than picturing of young woman's tragedy, this is story about tragic consequences of fundamentalism on all those who might accidentally find themselves at the wrong time in the wrong place, or they are of other color, or a different religion.

However it's also a story about forgiveness, about no matter what the author had experienced she also had the power to forgive afterwards, and to show compassion no matter how her captors' actions were inhumane.
With her story it seems that she is trying to make this world at least a bit better place to live, to show that we should respond to violence and oppression with reason and compassion.
Due to that reason she didn't just wrote this book, but she also decided to establish humanitarian foundation that has goal to educate Somalia and Kenya women, in order to make their societies more developed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Man's inhumanity to women 6 Nov. 2014
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This story of courage and endurance lays bare the responsibilities each of us have to each other. The horror of Amanda's experience is really incomprehensible to those of us who selfishly inhabit our cosy little ordered lives.We are witnesses to the brutal power of man over women and are reminded again and again of how easy it is to abuse that power. It is incredible Amanda survived her ordeal and even more incredible that she has gained purpose from it. A breath catching story factually told without any sensationalism or embellishment. Alan Spence
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking & compelling
This was a shocking but compelling story. The reader knows from the title that it's about a kidnapping, with that in mind it's worth knowing that a third of the book deals with... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Tom's Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliantly written, honest and informative
One of the est books i have read for years, engaging, brilliantly written, honest and informative. I gave a copy to all my friends, - something I have not done before, I think... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Elena Holden
5.0 out of 5 stars A story of incredible endurance and hope.
This is a harrowing yet gripping read. I think it's a story worth reading and knowing. It tells a tale of absolute endurance and hope.
Published 28 days ago by Jude
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant, & such good condition Thankyou
Published 29 days ago by J E Glenister
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping read
An amazing story of a very courageous woman who has come out of a hostage situation wiser and determined to do good in the world. Read more
Published 1 month ago by DorsetMum
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
One of the best books I have read. Brilliantly written, describing her capture and imprisonment, very sad in parts, felt as though you were there . Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lillian W
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put this book down, interesting account of Amanda's ...
Couldn't put this book down, interesting account of Amanda's travels and eventful kidnapping and how she coped with this horrific outcome.
Published 2 months ago by susan a carlisle
5.0 out of 5 stars Very brave woman and yes I think a little silly going to areas like...
Terrifying - don't know how Amanda survived her ordeal. Very brave woman and yes I think a little silly going to areas like Somalia etc which we all know are not safe. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Miss K M M Hammond
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The best book I've ever read. An unbelievably brave, courageous, and inspiring account
Published 2 months ago by A. Engel
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a happy read but I can still say I loved it
Stunning believable account of kidnap. Felt as though I was there beside her. Not a happy read but I can still say I loved it!
Published 2 months ago by Joyful
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