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Even Silence Has an End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle [Hardcover]

Ingrid Betancourt
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Sept. 21 2010
Ingrid Betancourt tells the story of her captivity in the Colombian jungle, sharing powerful teachings of resilience, resistance, and faith.

Born in Bogotá, raised in France, Ingrid Betancourt at the age of thirty-two gave up a life of comfort and safety to return to Colombia to become a political leader in a country that was being slowly destroyed by terrorism, violence, fear, and a pervasive sense of hopelessness. In 2002, while campaigning as a candidate in the Colombian presidential elections, she was abducted by the FARC. Nothing could have prepared her for what came next. She would spend the next six and a half years in the depths of the jungle as a prisoner of the FARC. Even Silence Has an End is her deeply personal and moving account of that time. Chained day and night for much of her captivity, she never stopped dreaming of escape and, in fact, succeeded in getting away several times, always to be recaptured. In her most successful effort she and a fellow captive survived a week away, but were caught when her companion became desperately ill; she learned later that they had been mere miles from freedom.

The facts of her story are astounding, but it is Betancourt's indomitable spirit that drives this very special account, bringing life, nuance, and profundity to the narrative. Attending as intimately to the landscape of her mind as she does to the events of her capture and captivity, Even Silence Has an End is a meditation on the very stuff of life-fear and freedom, hope and what inspires it. Betancourt tracks her metamorphosis, sharing how in the routines she established for herself-listening to her mother and two children broadcast to her over the radio, daily prayer-she was able to do the unthinkable: to move through the pain of the moment and find a place of serenity.

Freed in 2008 by the Colombian army, today Betancourt is determined to draw attention to the plight of hostages and victims of terrorism throughout the world and it is that passion that motivates Even Silence Has an End. The lessons she offers here-in courage, resilience, and humanity-are gifts to treasure.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking! May 27 2012
By Louise Jolly TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
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Penguin Press(HC) | September 21, 2010 | Hardcover | ISBN: 978-1-59420-265-0

Ingrid Betancourt tells the story of her captivity in the Colombian jungle, sharing powerful teachings of resilience, resistance, and faith. Born in Bogota, raised in France, Ingrid Betancourt at the age of thirty-two gave up a life of comfort and safety to return to Colombia to become a political leader in a country that was being slowly destroyed by terrorism, violence, fear, and a pervasive sense of hopelessness. In 2002, while campaigning as a candidate in the Colombian presidential election, she was abducted by the FARC. Nothing could have prepared her for what came next. She would spend the next six and half years in the depth of the jungle as a prisoner of the FARC. Even Silence Has an End is her deeply personal and moving account of that time. Chained day and night for much of her captivity, she never stopped dreaming of escape and in fact, succeeded in getting away several times, always to be recaptured in her most successful effort she and a fellow captive survived a week away, but were caught when her companion became desperately ill; she learned later they had been mere miles from freedom.

The facts of her story are astounding but it is Betancourt's indomitable spirit that drives this very special account, bringing life, nuance, and profundity to the narrative. Attending as intimately to the landscape of her mind as she does to the events of her capture and captivity, Even Silence Has an End is a meditation on the very stuff of life-fear and freedom, hope and what inspires it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By granths
Format:Hardcover
The story is interesting but I found the book a bit dry at times. I saw Ingrid Betancourt's interview on TV and it intrigued me enough to get this book. I wonder though, if her story is a bit one sided. I had heard that the story written by her assistant was a completely different view. However, having said that, 6 years kidnapped in the jungle would be a nightmare in itself and Ingrid has my utmost respect in having survived it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking and inspiring. Jan. 1 2014
By Tarabel
Format:Kindle Edition
excellent book.
I cannot imagine enduring what Betancourt, and all other prisoners endured during captivity.
My first world problems are non-existent compared to Betancourt's journey.
amazing. recommended by a friend and I will gladly pay it forward as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sept. 22 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Just a great book you can't put down. Read the book in two days. What a awful ordeal these people went through, but in the end finally good luck came.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating Reading Oct. 25 2010
Format:Hardcover
Unbelievably captivating reading. Oprah interviewed the author on a recent show and promoted this book. Warning: You CANNOT put this book down once you have started it!! An incredibly TRUE tale of unsurmountable courage, determination and survival. A MUST read!
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By Jennifer Cameron-Smith TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Ingrid Betancourt was born in Bogota, Colombia in 1961, and was raised in France. In 1991 Ms Betancourt returned to Colombia, and held a variety of government positions before deciding, in 2001, to run for the presidency of Colombia in the election scheduled for 2002. It was during her presidential campaign, on 23 February 2002, that Ms Betancourt was captured by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a terrorist organization. While the FARC's objective was to exchange Ms Betancourt and other hostages for members of their organization being held by the Colombian government, Ms Betancourt remained a prisoner until being rescued on 2 July 2008.

`There are things that are more important than life.'

`Even Silence Has an End' is Ms Betancourt's account of her captivity and survival. Ms Betancourt's experiences, and those of the other hostages, are almost unimaginable. Ms Betancourt spent almost 6 and a half years imprisoned deep in the Colombian jungle, frequently moving from one location to another and living in filthy conditions. Ms Betancourt escaped several times, but was recaptured each time and punished. She faced malnutrition and illness, was abused by her captors and, at times, was literally kept in chains.

`When you're chained by the neck to a tree and deprived of everything ... Well, it took me several years to realize, but you still have the most important freedom of all: that is, the freedom to choose what kind of person you want to be.'

I read this book after hearing an interview with Ingrid Betancourt in Australia recently. My knowledge of the history and politics of Colombia is comparatively limited, and I hoped to learn more as a consequence of reading Ms Betancourt's book.
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