Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A book, A week # 10 " Even silence has an end - Ingrid Betancourt"

     You spend a little over six years in captivity in the Colombian jungle ,tortured, sick, and hopeless .you’d think that, once you’re free, all you’d really care about is the fact that the nightmare has finally come to an end. But, in a day and age where surviving an especially shitty chapter in your life almost requires that you write a memoir to forever document this painful period in your life, it’s really no surprise to find a book like Ingrid Betancourt’s “Even Silence Has An End” — but what’s surprising is that one of her fellow captives, an American who was part of a drug surveillance operation, publicly bashed Betancourt in his own memoir and claimed she was “worse than the guards.” The recipient of multiple international awards, Betancourt was one of the more famous political prisoners and was taken hostage in 2002 by the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia ), while she was running for president. 
      I came to know about the existence of this book after i watched an interview of the author on the Oprah show! I was very impressed, and i was looking to get hold of the book when i accidentally stumbled up on a  certain comment by Stansell, an American intelligence analyst and ex-Marine, who claimed that Betancourt was  “the most disgusting human being I’ve ever encountered.” I was shocked but i still thought i should give her  a chance :P So, having read about all of this prior to picking up Betancourt’s memoir, I couldn’t help but look at her account of things with a grain of salt. 
     But you know what?  You read her book and you can’t help but understand both sides of the stories; I mean, think of our high school days, it helps you understand that, in some situations, when you’re stuck with a bunch of other people under circumstances that aren’t in your control, this ugly side of you starts to emerge the longer you’re in that situation. I know you might not agree, but the beast in you does.. :P
In her memoir, Betancourt recounts a number of attempts to run away. She even stood up to the guerrillas on a number of occasions, displaying what I thought were remarkable shows of courage in an attempt to stick by her principles; but it seems that some of her fellow captives saw her as nothing more than a troublemaker who made things more difficult for them in the short term.
    Reading this book, there were moments where I felt like I was being held captive right along with Betancourt — and I don’t mean that in a good way. The writing was okay — if a little grandiose at times — and I didn’t find it difficult to slough through…but still, reading it, I could only begin to imagine what it was like to actually go through what she did.
   At one point, she writes, “The flatness of life, the boredom, time that was forever starting over again just the same — it all acted like a sedative.”

    I must say i liked the dramatic rescue mission and i thought the description of the rescue could have been longer than the depressing captivity.And This is the first E-book that i read..

conclusion : The book is too long for a memoir.I was hoping i could get over with it soon........... 

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