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Even Silence Has An End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle Kindle Edition
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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.
`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.Read more ›
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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I ordered this book weeks ago and accidentally deleted it before i had finished it. I have now had to pay again to restore it. Is it possible to have a refund on this order?Published on 23 Jun. 2014 by elaine
The thing about this book that is so striking is how well written it is. It describes situations of utmost horror with such beautiful language that it gives the whole read such a... Read morePublished on 21 Mar. 2014 by Snowtara
How that poor woman survived for six years in the jungle, I don't know! A very good book. Buy it.Published on 25 Feb. 2014 by D T Carr
Couldn't put it down. Highly recommend to all. Not the sort of book I normally read, so really happy. GreatPublished on 28 Nov. 2013 by juliet horgan
Ingrid said that her father told her to always act with dignity, and she remembered this all through her captivity. I found her story amazing. Read morePublished on 12 Oct. 2013 by Amazon Customer
Book arrived on time & in good condition. This book was gripping I couldn't put it down a great story of a woman's courage.Published on 2 Aug. 2013 by Airforce18
Could not put this book down. It's real. It's heartbreaking and its an incredible journey into the inner self when challenged by the most despicable forces of human nature.Published on 18 Feb. 2013 by Caz Of Cornwall
Although the story on occasion did seem to approach monotony overall this was enjoyable read and I would not hesitate to recommend to others. Read morePublished on 4 Dec. 2012 by Lelantos
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