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An Evil Cradling

An Evil Cradling

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Made me feel very humble reading about what the hostages survived and how they came through with dignity and humour. Anyone who would seek to defend imprisonment without trial should read and consider this man's experiences. Scriptural in its resonances and its broad artistry, while being as gripping as an airport thriller ― Observer --This text refers to the paperback edition.

Few people have been where these men have been, but everybody can take something away from their experience and find enrichment or hope especially when it is shared as honestly and eloquently s this.Overall, I think Keenan struck the balance right between focusing on himself and focusing on others.

He was kept blindfolded throughout most of his ordeal and was chained hand and foot when he was taken out of solitary. How, again, how he did this is beyond my ability to understand, because I have never been imprisoned or tortured. With musings on politics, philosophy and religion and the human capacity for love - and evil - this book is a very important and moving read.In 1986, Brian Keenan, an English Literature professor from Belfast, Northern Ireland, decided to take a break from his native city. While the second half of the book, his time in captivity with another hostage, does not quite live up to the intensity of the first hundred pages or so, it is still well worth reading. Scarcely two weeks after his arrival, he was kidnapped by fundamentalist Muslims and was subsequently imprisoned in a solitary confinement compression chamber, six feet.

There were plenty of outbreaks of violence and some kidnappings, but they didn’t worry him too much. He wants to understand everything, he always needs to know where he stands, where he's going and how best to get there.It is an intriguing study of the emotions of human beings under such adverse circumstances and how, even in these most restricted conditions (for much of his time in captivity he was blindfolded and chained) we are able to experience a range of emotions, adapting to our circumstances and battling to survive. Throughout the isolation, degrading treatement and abuse, Brian never lost his compassion for others "We cannot know ourselves or declare ourselves human unless we share in the humanity of another". Throughout the kidnap they also provided support to his two sisters, Elaine Spence and Brenda Gillham, who were spearheading the campaign for Brian's release. Pride is all very well and good if you're trying to stop yourself from being completely dehumanised and broken down by extremists holding you hostage, but I think it should be combined with picking one's battles.



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