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- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #628,896 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Place At The End Of The World: Stories from the Frontline Kindle Edition
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Thanks Janine for giving me a totally new and refreshing perspective to life.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Place at the End of the World is a very good piece of work from a clearly passionate and talented writer. Read morePublished on 28 Sept. 2007 by Politicsandfootball
I have read a dozen or so memoirs of war, and I particularly liked Janine's previous books: 'Madness visible' and 'The Quick and the Dead', so when I knew about this one I bought... Read morePublished on 4 April 2006 by Mariella Grima
having followed janine's writings for many years since she came to prominence as the pre-eminent war reporter in the former yugoslavia revealing there terrible slaughter... Read morePublished on 21 Jan. 2006
I rushed out to buy this book after reading an exemplary review of it in the London Evening Standard by Mr Sam Kiley. I stayed up all night admiring this enchanting young woman. Read morePublished on 17 Jan. 2006