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The Place At The End Of The World: Stories from the Frontline by [di Giovanni, Janine]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1597 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks; 1 edition (9 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007M82PLA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
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I bought this book during a browsing whim at a bookshop and its lived up to all my expectations. For someone for whom 'WAR' has been only what is read in newspapers and watched on television, this book has totally changed my perspective. It is one book which got tears to my eyes thinking about the atrocitiues committed in Afghanistan, Iraq etc and has made me realise how fortunate I am to be living in a free country and able to express my opinions freely. It is a must read for all of us who live in developed countries and who get bogged down with the simple problems in life.
Thanks Janine for giving me a totally new and refreshing perspective to life.
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Unless your empathy is encased in layers of dirt, this book will bring some of the reality of war home to you with quite some force.
Janine di Giovanni describes various conflicts around the world through the voices of people who are having to survive and live under the most horrendous, dangerous circumstances.
The book is a testament to the absurdity of war and the resilience of human beings. Some of the circumstnces that people have to endure are worse than any fiction writer could conceive -for example, the people of Chechnya having to live under the constant threat of attack from soldiers whose minds are warped by drugs and alcohol.
In addition, the personal fragments are in no way out of place at the end of the book, indeed I find it absolutely inspiring to think that people such as Janine di Giovanni can maintain their hope and humanity and still revel in the simple joys of everyday life, even having witnessed so much suffering. Incredible.
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Wow, this is such an awesome book. This woman is such a great writer. She is the bravest woman. At the start of her career Janine was told to go forth and write about the small people. She did that and more! From a crowded lunatic asylum in Chechnya to bombed-out Tora Tora! in Afghanistan, from Saddam Hussein's derelict palace in Baghdad to the inner-city barrios of Miami, she has covered almost every embattled place in the world and the people caught in its midst. Sometimes I cried as I read and sometimes I hooted with laughter as Janine told how she had talked her way out of a tight spot with marauding troops. Vivid, raw and impassioned - and war through her is terrifyingly real. That's not me talking. That's professional critics. Can't wait for the next installment. Next time please some better maps. Not all of us have travelled as much as Janine!
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By A Customer on 12 Jan. 2006
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This books is another eloquent triumph from the pen of the world's bravest and most beautiful war reporter. So ravishing she could have been a top super model Ms di Giovanni instead chose to follow the advice of her close friend at law school who became a leading Civil Rights lawyer in New York who urged her to 'Write about the small voices, the people who can't write about themselves and through them make yourself become real and whole again' For over ten years, she has been doing exactly that. From a near-abandoned asylum in Chechnya to bombed-out Tora Bora in Afghanistan, from Saddam Hussein's derelict palace in Basra to the inner-city slums of Port au Prince, Haiti, Ms di Giovanni has covered almost every embattled place in the world and the people caught in its midst. Like Julie, who lives on the West Bank, but can no longer use her shop because it falls on the Israeli side of the security fence; and Sial, one of the child soldiers of Ghana, who talks blithely of shedding her violent past and becoming a good mother; and Abdullah, who was imprisoned by the Taliban at seventeen for not wearing a hat. The pieces collected here begin with Ms Giovanni's first expedition on holiday to scuba dive in the Red Sea off Egypt in 1998 that wetted her appetite for foreign adventures and end with Iraq in 2005. They are vivid, raw, almost pornographic and impassioned - and they make war more awful. To read Ms Giovann is to gaze through the eyes of a rare beauty into what makes the world less nice than it could be. Some say she writes cliches. Not I. For me she is all that is good and kind. All in all a fantastic book.
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This is an interesting book - a collection of journalistic articles from Vogue, Vanity Fair and The Times, spanning the years 1998 to 2004. Like a lot of such works it is patchy. Sometimes, the subject-matter is perennial, sometimes it is past history, and some of that depends on the skill of the journalist, her ability to show how what is at issue in what she is reporting transcends the little bit of time and space it literally fills.

There are many more good than indifferent pieces in here, but the scope is very wide. If you already know a lot about international affairs, this will supplement your knowledge and even bring a slice of human reality to it; but it does skip about from place to place fairly arbitrarily from the reader's viewpoint, as these sorts of collections are wont to do. And of course, many of the articles are quite short, which means that sometimes no sooner are you getting interested in one place with its peculiar set of problems than you're whisked off somewhere else to confront a different set. In that sense, it's a bit of a whirlwind. Those looking to deepen their knowledge of world affairs might be better off with Whitaker's Almanack or the CIA worldbook.

But of course, maybe no one's going to use this as a primer for international conflicts. If you're looking to find out what it might be like to be a foreign correspondent, this book is to be recommended. The best article from that point of view is "Brother number one" (p268-92) on di Giovanni's colleague, the absurdly heroic Kurt Schork, who was killed in 2000 in Sierra Leone.

The most haunting piece in the whole book, though, has to be "Dark Days in Sierra Leone" (p293-301), about the author's meeting with a girl child soldier.
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