Friday, May 16, 2014

Book Club Friday-- A House in the Sky.

GoodReads Synopsis:  As a child, Amanda Lindhout escaped a violent household by paging through issues of National Geographic and imagining herself in its exotic locales. At the age of nineteen, working as a cocktail waitress in Calgary, Alberta, she began 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 emboldened by each adventure, went on to Sudan, Syria, and Pakistan. In war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq she carved out a fledgling career as a television reporter. And then, in August 2008, she traveled to Somalia—“the most dangerous place on earth.” On her fourth day, she was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road.  Held hostage for 460 days, Amanda converts to Islam as a survival tactic, receives “wife lessons” from one of her captors, and risks a daring escape. Moved between a series of abandoned houses in the desert, she survives on memory—every lush detail of the world she experienced in her life before captivity—and on strategy, fortitude, and hope. When she is most desperate, she visits a house in the sky, high above the woman kept in chains, in the dark, being tortured.  Vivid and suspenseful, as artfully written as the finest novel, A House in the Sky is the searingly intimate story of an intrepid young woman and her search for compassion in the face of unimaginable adversity.

My Thoughts:  This book was both very boring and very fascinating.  It took her almost 200 pages to get to her kidnapping, so the first half was just basically about her travels across the world.  Snooze.  But once she got to the kidnapping, it obviously got more interesting.  I would've loved to hear more about what she knows now was happening with her family trying to get the ransom together.  There was a little about this, but not much.  But her story is horrifying and made my heart just ache for her.  I just kept clinging to the knowledge that she escaped and that I know she's really okay now.  In fact, she seems to have re-acclimated back to normal life very well and has even started a foundation to help Somali women and girls.  I wouldn't say to run out and pick up this book unless you're interested in the topic or memoirs in general.  It was good, not fantastic.  Four stars.