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Betancourt’s riveting accountis an unforgettable epic of moral courage and human endurance – Los Angeles TimesIn the midst of her campaign for the Colombian presidency in 2002 Ingrid Betancourt traveled into a military controlled region where she was abducted by the FARC a brutal terrorist guerrilla organization in conflict with the government She would spend the next six and a half years captive in the depths of the Colombian jungle Even Silence Has an End is her deeply moving and personal account. After everything that s been said about Ingrid Betancourt I was curious to read this It is a long book it certainly could have been shorter by 100 pages or so but I found it compelling the kind of book I think about even when I m not reading it There s so much I could say about this book and my reaction to it so this will be a long and rambling review If you can t be bothered with my review my bottom line recommendation is read the book and make up your own mindBetancourt evokes the claustrophobia of the jungle and her own emotional state so vividly that you feel you are there What she went through was unspeakable something no human being should inflict on another Because of that I found some of the reviews shocking than the book itself It was her own fault for going there against government advice say some implying presumably that she should have been left to rot Let s be clear the only people to blame for her kidnapping and six years of captivity are the FARC And certainly no one who was not there has the right to judge any of the hostagesSome people also accuse her of arrogance and score settling It s hard to sustain this last accusation because when she criticises the behaviour of other hostages she virtually never mentions names She says nothing about Clara Rojas relationship with presumably one of the guerilleros who was the father of her child The only case apart from her falling out with Clara where mutual animosity is very evident is with one of the American contractors Keith Stansell who is on record as describing her as the most disgusting human being I ve ever encountered Nice He s not exactly an angel himself given that before being captured he was engaged to one woman while having an affair with another When the second woman got pregnant he proposed to keep the resulting twins a secret and marry his blissfully ignorant fianc e anyway The assertive even bossy Betancourt was undoubtedly not his cup of tea and reading between the lines it seems likely that the FARC encouraged these tensions between hostages on the principle of divide and ruleAnyway personalities aside any first hand account of an experience like this must be partial and subjective how could it be otherwise You can t point at any of these accounts and say they are the truth each person experienced it differently They could not keep detailed notes Betancourt did have notebooks occasionally but burnt them regularly and says herself she had difficulty recalling the seuence of events The emotion in this book rings true though It s clear in the early chapters that Betancourt had lived a privileged life being treated as a special person in both her public and her private life and used to getting her own way She describes a secretary who worked for her for several years and still trembled in her presence Being snatched from all this was a huge emotional shock In the first years of her captivity alone with Clara in a space a few metres suare their relationship uickly fell apart under the strain Later in the larger group of hostages some accused her of getting special treatment because of her status and resented the fact that the French government was negotiating for her freedom this must have been particularly galling for the Americans whose government appears to have forgotten all about them If Betancourt s account is to be believed this special treatment included being chained by the neck to a tree 24 hours a day reuired to pitch her tent on top of a colony of venomous ants denied food and medical treatment and being forbidden to talk to the other hostages Their guards deliberately fomented discord between hostages and were constantly moving them separating them from those they had become friends with and spreading rumours There were scenes here that were reminiscent of concentration camp memoirs there are always some prisoners who will attempt to ingratiate themselves with the guards in order to gain favours while others cling to their principles come hell or high water In one famous scene the guards decide to reuire the hostages to shout out numbers in order to facilitate counting them Ingrid refuses calling out her name instead This angered other hostages who feared reprisals but I could understand her reaction it wasn t just egoism but also a well founded belief that reducing people to numbers makes it easier to mistreat them And it worked the guards reverted to names On another occasion the guards confiscated all the prisoners precious radios except Ingrid s because she had managed to hide it I was appalled that another hostage threatened to shop her to the guards unless she handed it over to him I don t submit to blackmail she responded calling his bluff since carrying out his threat would have meant no radios at allShe is unsparing in describing her own reactions and is certainly not above criticising her own behaviour as well as that of other hostages Selected uotes my translationsIn captivity I discovered that my ego suffered if I was denied what I wanted I observed a transformation in myself that I did not like And I liked it even less because of the fact that I objected to it in othersMy heart hardened as I listened to Guillermo because I condemned in him what I did not like in myself My eyes were opened to the importance of remaining humble wherever the wheel of fortune has placed you I had to be taken to the bottom to understand thisBut finally after years of struggle and endurance when she has lost hope of rescue and expects to die in the jungle she writes movingly that she is no longer afraid of the FARC commandant because she has accepted deathIn this condition of the most devastating humiliation I still possessed the most precious of liberties that no one could take away from me that of deciding who I wanted to beI found the last few chapters of her resignation to her fate and the joy of release the most moving without wishing to add a spoiler there s a surprising little love story here too After all the controversy especially over her badly misjudged decision to claim compensation from the Colombian government her legal right but politically extremely unwise I had respect for her when I d finished this book than I did before But I also now feel I must read the book by the three American contractors

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Même le silence a une fin

?s de longues années – ue l'on garde tout de même la plus précieuse de toutes la liberté ue personne ne peut jamais vous ôter celle de décider ui l'on veut être» Même le silence a une fin raconte les six ans et demi de captivité d'Ingrid Betancourt dans la jungle colombienne aux mains des FARC Récit intime d'une aventure ui ne ressemble à aucune autre voyage hanté palpitant du début à la fin c'est aussi une méditation sur la condition des damnés – et sur ce ui fonde la nature humai. This was a very difficult book to read The details of the author s years in captivity were so horrifying sometimes I had to pretend I was reading fiction because the notion that it was a memoir was tough to accept I thought about putting the book down many times and not finishing it but I plowed through to the end becauase I figured I would learn valuable lessons from the reading experience These are the insights I gained1I was already against drugs before but now that I ve realized some of the specifics of how cocaine money is used in Columbia I cannot condone any encounter with the drug2The book was a difficult experience for me to read yes but that s nothing compared to the horrors that the author had to endure I believe it s our responsibility as happy free people to shoulder a small part of others burdens by reading their stories I also believe it s our duty to practice gratitude on a daily basis for all the good we have in our lives because there are so many people in the world struggling with problems we can barely fathomAll that being said I gave the book three stars rather than four or five because it was confusing to read The story was not told in chronological order and I often got the characters mixed up Perhaps the author did this deliberately because her memory of the events during her hostage period were all mixed up and out of order Regardless of the reason I got confused about some of the major plot points and characters and I really don t want to read the book again just to get clarification

Ingrid Betancourt ¹ 5 Summary

Of that time The facts of her story are astounding but it is Betancourt’s indomitable spirit that drives this very special narrative an intensely intelligent thoughtful and compassionate reflection on what it really means to be human«Enchaînée par le cou à un arbre privée de toute liberté celle de bouger de s'asseoir de se lever ; celle de parler ou de se taire ; celle de boire ou de manger ; et même la plus élémentaire celle d'assouvir les besoins de son corps J'ai pris conscience – apr?. While this is a very interesting story and one that everyone should know about the writing is so long winded that I could hardly finish the thing It is unfortunate that the story is so convoluted that I could barely keep a time line in my head You would think it would be as simple as I got caputred and then this stuff happened to me and then I was rescued with maybe some flashbacks tossed in No She jumps from one year to another and back again unneccessarilyIt seemed especially after I read the book authored by the three American men she was rescued with that this was a very self indulgent story and one that she wrote to improve her public self image


10 thoughts on “Même le silence a une fin

  1. says:

    UPDATE 21716 I'm not trying to claim some false sense of importance by writing this I'm well aware that this is just goodreads I doubt that the author has read my review God I hope not anyway and I know that very few people will care about this update Still I couldn't live with myself if I didn't address a few

  2. says:

    After everything that's been said about Ingrid Betancourt I was curious to read this It is a long book it certainly could have been shorter by 100 pages or so but I found it compelling the kind of book I think about even when I’m not reading it There’s so much I could say about this book and my reaction to it so this will be a long and

  3. says:

    As an example of its type the hostage memoir this book will go down as one of the best It is a towering achievement to have conceived and written a book like this after one's release for as fellow captive Clara Rojas wrote in her memoir Captive 2147 Days of Terror in the Colombian Jungle going back isn't easy even in one's mind to remember

  4. says:

    You spend a little over six years in captivity in the Colombian jungle together — tortured sick and hopeless — and you

  5. says:

    While this is a very interesting story and one that everyone should know about the writing is so long winded that I could hardly finish the thing It is unfortunate that the story is so convoluted that I could barely keep a time line in my head You would think it would be as simple as I got caputred and then this stuff happened to me and then I was rescued with maybe some flashbacks tossed in No She jumps from one year to another and back

  6. says:

    Boy can Ms Betancourt write I read this immediately after finishing Clara Rojas's account and several years after reading the version shared by the 3 Americans in captivity with them No than one chapter in I though

  7. says:

    This was a very difficult book to read The details of the author's years in captivity were so horrifying sometim

  8. says:

    A thoroughly engaging beautifully written account of what presidential candidate Betancourt underwent as a hostage for six years in the ian jungle often chained by the neck by the guerrilla terrorist organization the FARC Betancourt takes us into her mind as she undergoes indignity and deprivation attempts several escapes unsuccessfully and yet somehow manages to keep her heart and head in tact and increasingly her newborn faith Her carefu

  9. says:

    This is a very good read Reading it one can gain insight into what long term confinment and living for years with the threat of danger punishment or death hanging over your head can do to you You don't have to be

  10. says:

    The book is really well written and this is a powerful story but I came away sort of not liking Betancourt nonetheless It becomes subtly clear that she feels a sense of entitlement but when her co captors begin to react with real anger she is completely baffled by their responses Who knows how any one of us would act in a similar situation I don't want to judge her But I ended the book feeling that she was being dishonest at least with h

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