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Even Silence Has An End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle by [Betancourt, Ingrid]
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* Ingrid Betancourt's astonishing, powerful and deeply moving account of her six-year ordeal in the Colombian jungle as a hostage of the terrorist organisation FARC

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Ingrid Betancourt lived in France and New Zealand before returning to Colombia to campaign for the presidency, when she was kidnapped.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1920 KB
  • Print Length: 601 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1844086127
  • Publisher: Virago (21 Sept. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0044R8XGI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #184,354 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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When Ingrid Betancourt was kidnapped by the Colombian guerrilla organisation, FARC, her life was put on hold. Robbed of her freedom, taken from her family and friends, her political career obliterated, Betancourt could be forgiven for feeling she had lost everything. Her treatment was horrific: she was beaten, ridiculed, confined to silence. After her fifth escape attempt, she was chained to a tree by her neck. Throughout this book one gets a palpable sense of her suffering, but she successfully and refreshingly avoids a self-pitying tone. Rather, this is a remarkable and inspirational tale of survival.

In fact, though the objective observer might view Betancourt as a victim, the overwhelming message of the book is one of triumph, of a victory for humanity over inhumanity. When guards began calling the prisoners by numbers rather than names, Betancourt protested. For her it was a question of basic human boundaries, an issue of compassion and empathy. If the prisoners were no longer considered as individuals, those boundaries would be broken. As Betancourt puts it herself: "I had just lost my freedom, but I was not willing to surrender my identity."

Unlike many contemporary memoirs it is exceptionally well written. There are moments of profound beauty in the prose, perhaps made all the more poignant by the brutality against which they are juxtaposed. "In the total darkness of its privation, the ground would be lit with thousands of fluorescent stars, as if the sky had been scattered on the ground", she writes at one point.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is a marvellous achievement and a wonderful read, as good as anything else I've read this year.
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If I hadn't known, whilst reading this, that Ingrid Betancourt was rescued after 6 1/2 years, I would have found this book too upsetting to read. But this is a story of a victory and of survival against all odds. It is about discovering how human relationships work, how there is good in everyone, and how we all let ourselves down by our attitudes and behaviour at times. The book shows how Ingrid discovers inner strength and calmness, and also a sense of pride in realising that her captors could not take away from her the freedom to choose the kind of person she wants to be. I gather that there are 2 other books written by fellow hostages with whom she had challenging relationships, Clara Rojas and Marc Gonsalves. I'm glad I've read this one first, not least after reading in an interview on the internet Ingrid's dignified response when she was asked about criticism of her written in one of the other books. This is a wonderful, poignant book which I'd thoroughly recommend.
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Wonderful woman, superbly written book. If you dont know much about Ingrid and the story of her life i would recommend you doing so before reading the book. Just watch a couple of the interviews on You Tube and you will desperately want to read the book. You certainly wont regret buying it.
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Ingrid Betancourt was born in Bogota, Colombia in 1961, and was raised in France. In 1991 Ms Betancourt returned to Colombia, and held a variety of government positions before deciding, in 2001, to run for the presidency of Colombia in the election scheduled for 2002. It was during her presidential campaign, on 23 February 2002, that Ms Betancourt was captured by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a terrorist organization. While the FARC's objective was to exchange Ms Betancourt and other hostages for members of their organization being held by the Colombian government, Ms Betancourt remained a prisoner until being rescued on 2 July 2008.

`There are things that are more important than life.'

`Even Silence Has an End' is Ms Betancourt's account of her captivity and survival. Ms Betancourt's experiences, and those of the other hostages, are almost unimaginable. Ms Betancourt spent almost 6 and a half years imprisoned deep in the Colombian jungle, frequently moving from one location to another and living in filthy conditions. Ms Betancourt escaped several times, but was recaptured each time and punished. She faced malnutrition and illness, was abused by her captors and, at times, was literally kept in chains.

`When you're chained by the neck to a tree and deprived of everything ... Well, it took me several years to realize, but you still have the most important freedom of all: that is, the freedom to choose what kind of person you want to be.'

I read this book after hearing an interview with Ingrid Betancourt in Australia recently. My knowledge of the history and politics of Colombia is comparatively limited, and I hoped to learn more as a consequence of reading Ms Betancourt's book.
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I was living and working in rural Colombia when Ingrid Betancourt was kidnapped by the FARC guerrillas, and at the time no-one really cared...many Colombians I knew considered her 'just one more politician' and a spoilt one at that. As the years dragged on, and her captivity continued, only the smallest fleeting glimpses of her terrible ordeal emerged; kept in chains and barbed wire in the most inhospitable jungle, suffering disease and negligence.
This book brilliantly brings to life those 6 years, etching a deep and memorable account of deprivation and hardship, and desperation of failed escape attempts into an utter wilderness of forests and swamps. But in the doom and gloom there is Ingrid's indomninatable spirit, and she comes accross as a woman of incredible mental and physical strength. Usually I am not too interested by books about peoples feelings and inner thoughts, but so extreme is her situation and her will to fight back, that her musings on life and religion and her own personality - clearly with defects! - are enlightening. There is also much technical detail, and the writer goes to great length to describe the harsh Amazon terrain,and the strange life of the FARC guerrillas who also choose to live a grueling existence in the vast forests of SW Colombia.
To be honest I got so hooked on this book, I was reading it in the kitchen while cooking!
Surprisingly (since she is a born politico) Ingrid avoids the political angles, and in fact seems to appear to avoid the type of tub-thumping and personal puffing we knew from her before the kidnap. Instead she takes us on an intensely personal journey to hell and back, told with with great clarity, empathy and a welcome dose of humour. A great read.
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