I Did it to Save My Life: Love and Survival in Sierra Leone (California Series in Public Anthropology) Paperback – 7 Sep 2012
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"A profoundly touching book." -- Joanna Lewis Times Higher Education Supplement --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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"Ethnographically rich, these accounts come to life in beautiful prose. These are inspiring and at times heartbreaking stories of how people living in such difficult and dangerous circumstances find ways to survive, love and take care of each other. This will be a valuable contribution as well as a welcome counter to the more popular images of warzones as places of total immorality."--Catherine Besteman, author of Transforming Cape TownSee all Product description
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"I Did It to Save My Life" by Catherine Bolten takes the Sierra Leone civil war and breaks down the event into seven different narratives, seven different perspectives of the same event. This was one of the most insightful books I have read on African culture during war. Mrs. Bolten introduces a common thesis throughout the book. She claims that amidst war, the very definition of love and "eating", the anti-love, takes on a materialistic meaning. Love is about survival. She supports that thesis with 7 stories ranging from a Sierra Leonean soldier, to a trader trying to making a living, to a father. Every narrative told shows a different aspect of war and a different way to view love during war. The way the stories are told, you can feel each character come alive within the book. You can feel each character's pain and their struggle to survive. And you can get an explanation of how these characters define love in the environment around them. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the change of culture during a civil war, African culture, and to those looking for touching stories about survival in an environment most of us would call "Hell." This was a great read.
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