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A beautifully written example of the sort of book one might consider too far fetched if it were fiction.
on 7 May 2016
I'm not massively into books. My mind tends to womder and i find half way through I'm usually bored and can't recall much of what has happened, then the book will remain half read and left gathering dust before being offloaded to a nearby charity shop.
Not this book!
Kathryn Bonella worked with Schapelle Corby whilst Corby served her 20 year sentence for smuggling marijuana into Bali. Schapelle, who maintains her innocence throughout, tells her story in intimate and graphic detail to Bonella through the bars of her Indonesian prison cell. Bonella has done a wonderful job of capturing the heartbreaking journey of a clearly broken soul.
It is impossible not to empathise enormously as you witness a young girl, full of life, love, enthusiasm and promise being beaten down, day by day fighting against an ongoing blackness that wants to envelope her, that wants to break her.
Indonesia can, and often does deal with drug traffickers by death penalty. Its legislators are keen to make it clear that, despite the sun drenched, laid back, party scenes of places like Bali, anyone involved with moving narcotics in or out of the country is likely to forfeit their right to life.
Although Schapelle Corby was spared the firing squad, the conditions she must endure, in a shared cell, rife with disease due to conditions so unsanitary and abhorrent that I simply cannot enter into the details whilst keeping my review decent! And to know that those conditions and experiences are now part of your daily life for weeks, months, years and then decades to come....it's just impossible to comprehend.
Factor into that her assertion that she is completely innocent, and you may have hit upon many people's idea of hell. Myself included.
Given the dark subject matter, the book does a marvelous job of keeping the story thread very much alive and not euthanized by a million dark thoughts. Schapelle's inner warmth and resilience is difficult to understand at times, but it says something quite beautiful about the human spirit.
Reading this book was like going on a very real, often uncomfortable journey - one that will hold your attention from the first letter to the final full stop.
My copy won't be visiting a charity shop any time soon!