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A House in the Sky: A Memoir (original 2013; udgave 2013)

af Amanda Lindhout (Forfatter), Sara Corbett (Forfatter)

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"The spectacularly dramatic memoir of a woman whose curiosity about the world led her from rural Canada to imperiled and dangerous countries on every continent, and then into fifteen months of harrowing captivity in Somalia--a story of courage, resilience, and extraordinary grace.At the age of eighteen, Amanda Lindhout moved from her hardscrabble Alberta hometown to the big city--Calgary--and worked as a cocktail waitress, saving her tips so she could travel the globe. As a child, she escaped a violent household by paging through National Geographic and imagining herself in its exotic locales. Now she would see those places for real. She backpacked through Latin America, Laos, Bangladesh, and India, and emboldened by each experience, went on to travel solo across Sudan, Syria, and Pakistan. In war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq she carved out a fledgling career as a TV reporter. And then, in August 2008, she traveled to Mogadishu, Somalia--"the most dangerous place on earth"--to report on the fighting there. On her fourth day in the country, she and her photojournalist companion were abducted. An astoundingly intimate and harrowing account of Lindhout's fifteen months as a captive, A House in the Sky illuminates the psychology, motivations, and desperate extremism of her young guards and the men in charge of them. She is kept in chains, nearly starved, and subjected to unthinkable abuse. She survives by imagining herself in a "house in the sky," looking down at the woman shackled below, and finding strength and hope in the power of her own mind. Lindhout's decision, upon her release, to counter the violence she endured by founding an organization to help the Somali people rebuild their country through education is a wrenching testament to the capacity of the human spirit and an astonishing portrait of the power of compassion and forgiveness"--"The spectacularly dramatic and redemptive memoir of a woman whose curiosity about the world led her to the world's most imperiled and perilous countries, and then into fifteen months of harrowing captivity--a beautifully written story of courage, resilience, and grace. At the age of eighteen, Amanda Lindhout moved from her hardscrabble hometown to the big city and worked as a cocktail waitress, saving her tips so she could travel the globe. Aspiring to understand the world and live a significant life, she backpacked through Latin America, Laos, Bangladesh, and India, and went on to Sudan, Syria, and Pakistan. In war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq she carved out a fledgling career as a reporter. And then, in August 2008, she traveled to Somalia--"the most dangerous place on earth"--to report on the fighting there. On her fourth day in the country, she and her photojournalist companion were abducted. A House in the Sky illuminates the psychology, motivations, and desperate extremism of Lindhout's young guards and the men in charge of them. She is kept in chains, nearly starved, and subjected to horrific abuse. She survives by imagining herself in a "house in the sky," finding strength and hope in the power of her own mind. Lindhout's decision to counter the violence she endured by founding an organization to help educate Somali people women is a moving testament to the power of compassion and forgiveness"--… (mere)
Medlem:RobertaLea
Titel:A House in the Sky: A Memoir
Forfattere:Amanda Lindhout (Forfatter)
Andre forfattere:Sara Corbett (Forfatter)
Info:Scribner (2013), Edition: 1st, 384 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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This woman's story is an amazing example of the will to live. She is obviously a very strong person. However, I found some of the writing to be tedious and I started skimming bits of the book.
I was also frustrated in that, while her story is worth telling, she is the one who chose to travel to a war-torn country... and there are consequences. ( )
  RobertaLea | May 7, 2021 |
DISCLAIMER: I GOT THIS BOOK FROM A GIVEAWAY HERE ON GOODREADS.

It has taken me a long time to get around reading this book. I think that the subject matter scared me a bit. But, as I was given it, I felt that I owed the authors and publishers a review, and I finally mastered the courage to tackle it.

I actually found the writing excellent. There is a cadence to the story, which easily draws the reader into it. The story flows easily, and quite early on I was intrigued by this girl from Sylvan Lake, AB with a dream of travelling and seeing exotic places.

If naivety and irresponsibility took Amanda Lindhout to Somalia in a bid for a break-through news-story, in the telling of her kidnapping and all the suffering that followed, I came to admire her strength and naturalness. I know that she has received a lot of criticism for taking the trip in the first place, and I too wished that she had been more careful or discerning. But at the end we are all too naïve of the happenings in so many parts of this Earth.

Of course I rather none of this story had happened, from the point when she and her brother scavenged garbage bins for bottles that she could sell and then buy old copies of National Geographic. But maybe this is where her resourcefulness was born.

Highly recommended.
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  RosanaDR | Apr 15, 2021 |
Although this book was very difficult to read when the torture started when I finished I had this strong feeling of amazement. If truth be told, because I'm afraid it may scare off some readers, it was also terribly upsetting. What she endures, and in the end still feels it worthwhile to struggle with forgiving her captors, is a story of grace. Her experience goes way beyond what any normal human being could stand and I'm pretty sure most of us would have given up. She has gone on to work to improve the lives of Somalian women - I find her actions and her life to be very humbling. ( )
  FurbyKirby | Jan 5, 2021 |
This is the most remarkable book I’ve read this year. I don’t know how Amanda survived or how she continues to persevere but I’m grateful that she did and that she was strong enough to share her story.

Unlike other reviewers I’m not overwhelmed with dislike of Amanda or her decision to travel to Somalia. I could relate to her in many ways. I understand her desire to see the world and her dreams of being a reporter sharing important stories from war torn ravaged countries. I find her bold adventurous spirit admirable. To say she was stupid or overly naive ignores the fact that many reporters and journalists take these risks everyday and often to great effect. I dislike how many portray her kidnapping as a forgone conclusion, an unavoidable reality of visiting Somalia. That simply isn’t the case especially when you consider the intended target were two Nat Geo photojournalists in the country at the same time as her and travelling on a very similar itinerary.

I also dislike how many reviews paint Amanda’s story as one of a wayward traveller who showed up on Mogadishu’s doorstep completely unprepared. That isn’t the case and in many ways her years of travelling experience, her research, and understanding of the region's culture was a vital tool in prolonging her survival.

And despite me dispensing many words on her decision why and whether she was justified in travelling to Somalia in the first place that isn’t what this book is ultimately about. Instead it is about how she found it within herself to survive the worst that humanity has to offer.

Sara Corbett did an excellent job in taking such traumatic events and weaving them so deftly into a novel and a story of survival. I thought many of the more awful parts of Amanda’s story (the sexual abuse, the torture) were dealt with very sensitively without stripping away any of the impact. It felt as though Amanda was as honest as she could be while still being respectful of the other parties involved.

This novel does a wonderful job of showing you the most awful of humanity (how easily one can be corrupted) juxtaposed with the brute strength of the individual human spirit. Amanda Lindhout shows us what is means to be made of the toughest stuff in the whole entire universe. ( )
  mackinsquash | Aug 15, 2020 |
No one deserves to go through what she went through, but at times it was hard to be empathetic. ( )
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I'd like to say that I hesitated before heading into Somali, but I didn't. If anything, my experiences had taught me that while terror and strife hogged the international headlines, there was always, --- really, truly always ---- something more hopeful and humane running along-side it. In every country, in every city, on every block, you'd find parents who loved their kids, neighbors who looked after one another, children ready to play. Surely, I thought, I'd find stories worth telling.
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"The spectacularly dramatic memoir of a woman whose curiosity about the world led her from rural Canada to imperiled and dangerous countries on every continent, and then into fifteen months of harrowing captivity in Somalia--a story of courage, resilience, and extraordinary grace.At the age of eighteen, Amanda Lindhout moved from her hardscrabble Alberta hometown to the big city--Calgary--and worked as a cocktail waitress, saving her tips so she could travel the globe. As a child, she escaped a violent household by paging through National Geographic and imagining herself in its exotic locales. Now she would see those places for real. She backpacked through Latin America, Laos, Bangladesh, and India, and emboldened by each experience, went on to travel solo across Sudan, Syria, and Pakistan. In war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq she carved out a fledgling career as a TV reporter. And then, in August 2008, she traveled to Mogadishu, Somalia--"the most dangerous place on earth"--to report on the fighting there. On her fourth day in the country, she and her photojournalist companion were abducted. An astoundingly intimate and harrowing account of Lindhout's fifteen months as a captive, A House in the Sky illuminates the psychology, motivations, and desperate extremism of her young guards and the men in charge of them. She is kept in chains, nearly starved, and subjected to unthinkable abuse. She survives by imagining herself in a "house in the sky," looking down at the woman shackled below, and finding strength and hope in the power of her own mind. Lindhout's decision, upon her release, to counter the violence she endured by founding an organization to help the Somali people rebuild their country through education is a wrenching testament to the capacity of the human spirit and an astonishing portrait of the power of compassion and forgiveness"--"The spectacularly dramatic and redemptive memoir of a woman whose curiosity about the world led her to the world's most imperiled and perilous countries, and then into fifteen months of harrowing captivity--a beautifully written story of courage, resilience, and grace. At the age of eighteen, Amanda Lindhout moved from her hardscrabble hometown to the big city and worked as a cocktail waitress, saving her tips so she could travel the globe. Aspiring to understand the world and live a significant life, she backpacked through Latin America, Laos, Bangladesh, and India, and went on to Sudan, Syria, and Pakistan. In war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq she carved out a fledgling career as a reporter. And then, in August 2008, she traveled to Somalia--"the most dangerous place on earth"--to report on the fighting there. On her fourth day in the country, she and her photojournalist companion were abducted. A House in the Sky illuminates the psychology, motivations, and desperate extremism of Lindhout's young guards and the men in charge of them. She is kept in chains, nearly starved, and subjected to horrific abuse. She survives by imagining herself in a "house in the sky," finding strength and hope in the power of her own mind. Lindhout's decision to counter the violence she endured by founding an organization to help educate Somali people women is a moving testament to the power of compassion and forgiveness"--

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