A satisfying, surprising and romantic conclusion to Blackout. An interesting blend of the intriguing concept of time travel, and well researched historical fiction.
This is a book about survivors, and the survival of the human spirit against great odds. An extreme example of surviving and living with post traumatic stress syndrome.
In this audio version of the book, I listened to Amanda Lindhout herself narrate her story. In the telling her story was objectively and thoroughly recounted. In the end it made me cry. This is a story well told especially when narrated by Linda herself. Perhaps it is better listened to then read especially when read by the author and subject herself.
I marvelled at Linda’s resilience, her strength, and her unflagging spirit in the struggle to survive. How ironic that she met the CBC journalist Melisa Fung, who herself would suffer a similar albeit shorter ordeal, not so long after.
Even in her very dark hours during and after her many ordeals she had an intuitive strategy to continually find some way to attempt to understand her captors and tormentors. Her strength is even more astounding when compared to her fellow captive who was treated better because he was a man.
The discordance between her fierce strength to survive, even to the extend of attempting an almost hopeless escape, and her earlier cavalier naiveté, to me only highlight and amplify her strengths and the story's impact. Further she pays witness to the solidarity and strength of the woman who attempts to protect Linda with her own body during he escape attempt.
In some, too many, of the reviews I have read, I hear echoes of the old 'blame the victim' attitude in response to survivors of rape. This is especially troubling when coming from other women.
I am grateful for her having told this story of courage and survival and by her continuing brave work to make a difference in the lives of girls in Somalia.
Have read this book twice, not something I normally do, and now listened to it again in audio format.
It remains an extraordinarily well written story about a man's journey, of literally and figuratively coming to terms with his dying, through the physical journey he takes through the landscape of his youth and the people he encounters there.
This narrator truly does justice to the story, with Guterson's descriptive language of the landscapes the man has traveled and is traveling through.
As an ebook, this improved many short and longer wc visits, the audio version is just icing on the cake.
This book has a slow start, a lot of kibitzing back and forth in 2060, which is distracting from the main theme. Once the characters are ensconced in their respective setting in the Britain of 1940 however, the pace of writing picks up and the story is increasingly interesting as historical fiction.
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