Even Silence Has An End

Even Silence Has An End

My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle

Book - 2010
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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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2010.
ISBN: 9781594202650
Characteristics: 528 p. ; 25 cm.


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May 24, 2011

This book reads like a movie, a thrilling one. Betancourt writes compellingly and insightfully. The book is long and episodic, and in the first third it's often easy to get lost, no doubt true to the disorienting experience of capture and nomadic confinement.
What I find compelling about Betancourt's account is the courage she adopts in questioning her own behaviour, motivations and responses as much as those of the other prisoners. Also engaging is her willingness to see the different guises of humanity worn by her FARC captors whom she treats as individuals, not simply faceless brutes. In fact everyone is named, and her account records amazing details despite her claim of burning her diaries to avoid disclosure to the FARC.
The peace Betancourt gains at the end of this unbearable ordeal — replete with graphic episodes of horrific insect attacks, ever present dangers from jungle reptiles and predators, to say nothing of wretched bouts of nasty tropical diseases— is a hard-won victory forged and tested by faith. If the narrator of The Life of Pi promises by the end of his tale the reader will believe in God, Betancourt's account simply testifies to the sustenance of faith against all odds.
I look forward to reading the two other accounts — by Clara Rojas and the trio of Americans — to gain further perspective on this extraordinary experience.

Apr 08, 2011

This is a note about the kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt, and I am going to mention other books of the same subject.
Country name is Colombia and not Columbia.
With Ingrid Betancourt other people were kidnapped. Some are still are not liberated. It is too bad, that not everything written about this kidnapping was translated into English. There is a book in the library of Clara Rojas called "Cautiva” (“Captive”) this book is en Spanish. Clara Rojas is telling of her abduction (she was kidnapped with Ingrid Betancourt). And each one of them presents things from their point of view. But it is not necessary to make a heroine of Ingrid Betancourt. Colombian people do not look at her like that. There are some reasons for that, despite a long and terrible kidnapping. Fortunately, there is a book in English, of three Americans, who were kidnapped by Colombian Guerrilla, and who suffered from the horror of kidnapping like others, mostly Colombians. In my opinion, these three Americans write about things with more objectivity, since they were from another country, and were watching things, say, from a distance, and they could in some way observe how other people behaved, including Ingrid Betancourt, with whom they had a very close encounter in various situations, and could make their own opinion about her. The book is called “Out of Captivity. Surviving 1, 967 Days in the Colombian Jungle”. I would really recommend this book,
just to make things clearer. But in any case – kidnapping is an horror for anybody, no matter what nationality or personal character of victim is.

Feb 06, 2011

This is a totally captivating story (pardon the pun). Ingrid Betancourt reaches deep inside herself to find incredible strength, both spiritually and physically. The book is well written and almost impossible to put down once opened.

If you want to read a true story that will show you just how important freedom is and the resilience of the human story, this should be the one!

Jan 22, 2011

Excellent story of courage, hope and determination. Ingrid's brave journey of survival in the harsh Amazon jungle is a book you will struggle to put down and will definitely never forget. Excellent read!


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