Keane's existence as a war reporter is all that we imagine: frantic filing of reports and dodging shells, interspersed with rest in bombed-out hotels and concrete shelters. Life in such vulnerable areas of the globe is emotionally draining, but full of astonishing moments of camaraderie and human bravery. And so this is also a memoir of the human connections, at once simple and complex, that are made in extreme circumstances. This audiobook is filled with the memories of remarkable people. At the heart of Fergal Keane's story is a descent into and recovery from alcoholism, spanning two generations, father and son; a different kind of war, but as much part of the journey of the last 25 years as the bullets and bombs.
"Keane's real distinction was in his reporting talents, which as this book shows, are considerable." (Evening Standard)
Loved this book, a bit harrowing in places but then thats life.
Great honesty and insight, well worth the listining time.
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Once in a while you read/ hear a book that takes you aback with its power and eloquence. This is one such book. Sad, descriptive of life and emotions, informative, thought provoking and life affirming. A glorious creation.
As they say around here (Limerick, Ireland) "Shur why wouldn't it be good. Wasnt his uncle handy with the words too..."