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A great read!
on 5 April 2013
This is an amazing first hand account of one of the greatest natural disasters in our time. Tracey Lee writes with an immediacy that evokes the enormity of the Tsunami in extraordinary detail. The sights, sounds and smell of the experience are present throughout this page turning account. This story of survival is juxtaposed with an equally extroadinary home life that is filled with laughter, love and adventures in London. The author's day job at London Zoo was in itself material for a biography and not without its share of trauma and tragedy. As Tracey and her family struggle to make sense of the events that took place in Sri Lanka on Boxing Day 2004, she interweaves stories of animals and people that touched her life and made her the strong survivor she has become.
The book is written with great humour and laugh outloud moments. Luke, her boyfriend, and his family are real three dimensional characters and the family bonds are complete with drunken evenings and run of the mill holiday banter - although the amount of shoes to take on holidays may be an argument that Luke never wins again, as diamante flip flops were an unexpected necessity! The family history was what took the family to Sri Lanka and the relationships are what held them together in the crisis. The reader has a real sense of the beauty of the island and the courage of the people who live there.
The author's experience of personal tragedy includes losing her own child, witnessing the death of a colleague and facing the dangers of wild animals first hand. She is clearly loved and brings spirit and humour to her wide circle of friends and family who are present throughout the book. It is hard to believe that a young woman could have gone through so much and be able to recount it with such dignity and humour. This is a truly remarkable story of survival.