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An Evil Cradling

An Evil Cradling

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I struggled reading this book because it was very interesting at times but then it became very dull. Besides, personal endorsements are not always the best way to decide whether or not you'd like to read a book for yourself. Sebastian Faulks in the Independent on Sunday said "The scope and grandeur of his reflections is supported by the concrete detail of his narrative. Keenan's recognition that his guards were in their own, psychological, prisons was what allowed him to overcome his ordeal.

I will reveal the moments of physical abuse but with extreme care and sensitivity so that what might be vicarious and even terrifying may be underscored with sympathy. I'll start by saying that I started reading this book after I saw a Facebook comment claiming this is good literature.Throughout the kidnap they also provided support to his two sisters, Elaine Spence and Brenda Gillham, who were spearheading the campaign for Brian's release. Overall, I think Keenan struck the balance right between focusing on himself and focusing on others. He has a great ability to explain abstract philosophical or political ideas through personal anecdotes. Scriptural in its resonances and its broad artistry, while being as gripping as an airport thriller ― Observer --This text refers to the paperback edition. These were not two-dimensional villains, but humans with desperate, misguided hopes and sinister, obsessive fears.

My copy has been signed by Brian Keenan, at a literacy evening, that I only went along to as I wanted to meet the man who put his experience into such an amazing book that made me hug it when I'd finished reading it! This is a memoir of his four and a half years as a hostage, enduring torture, beatings, and solitary confinement. If you wish to read a book of a person enduring solitary and near-solitary confinement and the mental gymnastics required to get from day to day then you may get something from it.

Talking with Brian took me on mental voyages that happily compensated for those physical journeys we were denied by circumstance.

It is an intriguing study of the emotions of human beings under such adverse circumstances and how, even in these most restricted conditions (for much of his time in captivity he was blindfolded and chained) we are able to experience a range of emotions, adapting to our circumstances and battling to survive. There he was handed over by the Syrian Foreign Ministry to the care of Irish Ambassador, Declan Connolly. If you are looking for a tale of torture and severe maltreatment during which the survival of the prisoners appears unlikely then this is not for you.The character that kept him going, the strength and intelligence that saved him from becoming as hateful as his guards. This is a personal piece of writing dealing with his personal experience, and it was written during a time of recovery from the incident itself. His raw honesty, at times funny, at others, difficult to read, makes this a book that the reader is unlikely to forget. Keenan does a remarkable job of reconstructing his world and inviting the reader in, and he also manages something very unique in this style of writing. But if you don't shy from dark subjects, and you want to read some of the most descriptive writing you'll probably ever read, I'd recommend picking this up.



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