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Betancourt’s riveting accountis an unforgettable epic of moral courage and human endurance – Los Angeles TimesIn the midst of her campaign for the Colombian presidency in 2002 Ingrid Betancourt traveled into a military controlled region where she was abducted by the FARC a brutal terrorist guerrilla organization in conflict with the government She would spend the next six and a half years captive in the depths of the Colombian jungle Even Silence Has an End is her deeply moving and personal account After everything The Deception of the Emerald Ring (Pink Carnation, epic of moral courage and human The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Harold Fry, endurance – Los Angeles TimesIn the midst of her campaign for the Colombian presidency in 2002 Ingrid Betancourt traveled into a military controlled region where she was abducted by the FARC a brutal terrorist guerrilla organization in conflict with the government She would spend the next six and a half years captive in the depths of the Colombian jungle Even Silence Has an End is her deeply moving and personal account After The Pope and Mussolini everything

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  1. says:

    UPDATE 21716 I'm not trying to claim some false sense of importance by writing this I'm well aware that this is just goodreads I doubt that the author has read my review God I hope not anyway and I know that very few people will care about this update Still I couldn't live with myself if I didn't address a few things The only review of Even Silence Has an End on goodreads worth your time is this one I'm ashamed of my review and I'll eventually pull it But the only thing cowardly than posting this review in the first place would be to delete it and pretend it never happenedBut I can't just keep crying about it either It's better to just own it So here goes In 2010 I read Even Silence Has an End but I formed my opinion of Ingrid Betancourt from the books articles and interviews I read about her after the fact That opinion rather than my feelings about the book itself was the driving force behind my review 6 years ago Last week I attended a A hosted by Ingrid Betancourt I was excited to meet the person who wrote one of the best books I've ever read Plus I had a uestion I'd wanted to ask her since I first read her memoir all those years ago And I'd never let go of that conclusion I'd come to 6 years earlier I figured that Ingrid Betancourt was yet another monster among us a Franco Colombian Claire Underwood of sortsI was wrong I've met all sorts of celebrated monsters over the years from the ultra famous to everyday nobodies I know when I'm dealing with a liar narcissist or sociopath Ingrid Betancourt isn't one of them There was no charm magnetism poise or presence about her no agenda no performance no attempt to disarm the crowd And when I asked her my uestion which I immediately regretted doing I fully expected to be upbraided or at least met with a dismissive response Instead she was gracious enough to spend a significant amount of time trying to answer me And what about her answer anyway? It was revealing It was imperfect It was raw and unrehearsed jagged at times sometimes rational other times contradictory yet it was clearly the truth as she saw it In short everything about her answer was human Everything about her was human And if everything about her was human that means that when I wrote this review I tore down one of us Now who's the monster? Well There's nothing uite like your own misdirected cruelty to give you pause throw you into an existential crisis make you hate yourself etc etc This review has been here for 6 years for anyone who cared to read it Allow me to reposition it for the next person who stumbles across it and offer a counterpoint to my former 20 something self who wrote itThe real narrative goes like this Ingrid Betancourt is the victim She was kidnapped by terrorists held captive and brutalized for 65 years It's wrong to imply that she's responsible for the things that happened to her Her decision to enter FARC territory could have been for any number of reasons none of which matter Nothing changes the fact that she's the victim She didn't ask for any of it No one not even the aforementioned monsters who walk among us deserves to suffer what Betancourt and her fellow captives did The world simply victimized Ingrid Betancourt again International fame was built around her while she was in captivity and it was thrust upon her when she was rescued Disturbingly all it took for her to fall out of favor was something that most would applaud she criticized the government That took the form of angering one Colombian politician and then offending some Colombian judges by seeking compensation for her kidnapping The other hostages in captivity with Betancourt also sued the Colombian government you just didn't hear about it Oh and 3 or 4 people wrote books saying she wasn't a very nice person while she was in captivity To build someone up especially a woman only to smack her down for misbehaving? It's predictable it happens every day and it's purely abusive And I just have to add I feel so stupid that I didn't see it happening with this one that I took that tired narrative as truth and swallowed it hook line and sinker and made it my own How Betancourt or anyone else behaved while in captivity is a stupid thing to debate It's irrelevant and probably only made it into print to sell books Those of us who fell into that trap need to do better lest we also want to debate the character of Aung San Suu Kyi Nelson Mandela Holocaust survivors et al Despite everything she's endured Betancourt has never acted like a victim Surviving 65 years of captivity in the jungle is bad ass in itself But she didn't stop there and call it good She went on to pen a memoir so well written that parts of it border on sublime She recently released a novel and she's pursuing a PhD That's all pretty rockstar if you ask me Faulting her for capitalizing on her fame is ridiculous especially when her message is one of peace and forgiveness That she never used her ordeal to push an agenda like say burning down the jungle and firebombing the fuckers that wronged her is admirable It's so easy to be some hyper critical nobody spouting her suspicions and assumptions on a dumb website like goodreads It takes a lot courage to be in the public eye do cool things with your life and bear it all with dignity Like I said I don't presume that Ingrid Betancourt has read my review or would care if she did But just in case Ingrid I'm so sorryI can't undo the cruelty that has sat on this page for 6 yearsBut I can add a few edits to show what I think of it now See revisions belowSo let's talk about this bookFirst a little background about the story it's the memoir of Ingrid Betancourt a Colombian senator who was running for president of that country when she was kidnapped by FARC guerrillas and held captive for 6 years She lived through sheer hell including infighting among her fellow hostages swarms of biting jungle insects marches during life threatening illnesses through the never ending and sitting for months at a time with her neck chained to a tree In a country where the guerrillas' usual MO is to storm the homes of politicians kidnap and kill them Betancourt who knowingly wandered into FARC territory is lucky to be alive Even Silence Has an End is one of the most beautiful books that you will ever read Much of the memoir reads like poetry Freedom such a precious jewel one we were prepared to risk our lives for would lose all its brilliance if it were to be worn in a life of regret ; Our words echoed in the air beneath a heavenly dome that wore the dust of diamonds sprinkled alongside the constellations of our thoughts Betancourt also reveals small glimpses of humanity that appeared in her jungle prison hell the guerrillas dancing and singing with the prisoners a hand grasped in the darkness at night in sheer terror and the touching words impulsively spoken when another prisoner is on the brink of death She will take you beyond the depths of despair to a place without hope to times when she had given up on life could no longer eat and could barely stand up Betancourt is than a gifted writer and her words will charm you seduce you and likely leave you holding her in great reverence And what about Ingrid Betancourt today? She's beautiful She's charismatic She's a brilliant wealthy multi lingual icon with killer heels and lots of friends in high places She's part of the European jet set and has left two hot husbands in her wake Let's not forget that she's also a strong woman and an incredible survivor I want to believe her I really do But before we all get misty eyed and enad beyond the point of no return let's have a look at realityGetting kidnapped was the best thing that ever happened to Betancourt's career It launched her to international stardom scored her a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize the French love her than their wine and America is embracing her Her book deal landed her millions on three separate continents Two different films are being made about her ordeal Further for a cool 25000 a couple of first class airline tickets and hotel accommodations Betancourt will come and speak at any event She will justify why she tried to sue the very government that rescued her and explain away just why her fellow hostages including a former close friend Clara Rojas who was kidnapped with her can't stand her If you find one Colombian who isn't disgusted with Betancourt I'll buy you a Coke What is most disturbing about Betancourt's account of captivity is the fact that she's the most unreliable narrator since Humbert Humbert If you take Betancourt at face value then you likely also believe that Lolita really was a 12 year old slut who wanted the old man to give it to her like a bad girl; you can stop reading here She seems to suffer from delusions so strong that she actually believes them Her accounts read like hazy visions conjured up in an alarmingly high fever; even the sexual assault by nameless faceless captors in the misty green airs of the humid jungle starts to make you wonderand it gets worse Betancourt describes heart to heart conversations with her female captors that sound fabricated She tells of a chance meeting with a nameless peasant straight out of central casting who warned Ingrid of visions of grave danger Eyeroll She describes bathing Clara Rojas's newborn; Clara whom Ingrid has been fighting with for years then asks Betancourt to be the child's godmother Right Sure she did Especially after Ingrid verbally trashed Clara for the first uarter of the book snidely inferring that Rojas was sinking into madness Clara tells a very different story in her own memoir of captivity At best these things are contrived at worst they are blatant lies I would never put it past a politician to lie but Betancourt despite multiple claims to the contrary seems convinced of their veracity Someone needs to pass the lithiumWhen not attacking her fellow hostages on every page Betancourt slips in unnecessary petty details for an extra sting such as Rojas leaving the bathroom an unspeakable mess or another captive bragging about the cost of his engagement ring One wonders just why these things needed to be in print other than the fact that Betancourt is clearly out for blood Our catty hero redeems herself in other ways however by teaching her captors French suuuuuureee and protesting until prisoners' chains are removed uh huh Her former companions in captivity are so charmed by her that one wants to sue her for libel one hates her than all other humans on earth and one has said Let's not make symbols and icons out of women who aren't The only fans Betancourt has left besides the myriad of Hollywood actors and international heads of state are the 3 boyfriends she had while in captivity What we have here is a book written by a woman whose personal trauma and highly cultivated public persona are battling it out on the page The public persona wins of courseRead this beautiful book Enjoy it Savor it Just try not to forget who you're really dealing with

  2. says:

    After everything that's been said about Ingrid Betancourt I was curious to read this It is a long book it certainly could have been shorter by 100 pages or so but I found it compelling the kind of book I think about even when I’m not reading it There’s so much I could say about this book and my reaction to it so this will be a long and rambling review If you can’t be bothered with my review my bottom line recommendation is read the book and make up your own mindBetancourt evokes the claustrophobia of the jungle and her own emotional state so vividly that you feel you are there What she went through was unspeakable something no human being should inflict on another Because of that I found some of the reviews shocking than the book itself “It was her own fault for going there against government advice” say some implying presumably that she should have been left to rot Let’s be clear the only people to blame for her kidnapping and six years of captivity are the FARC And certainly no one who was not there has the right to judge any of the hostagesSome people also accuse her of arrogance and score settling It’s hard to sustain this last accusation because when she criticises the behaviour of other hostages she virtually never mentions names She says nothing about Clara Rojas’ relationship with presumably one of the guerilleros who was the father of her child The only case apart from her falling out with Clara where mutual animosity is very evident is with one of the American contractors Keith Stansell who is on record as describing her as “the most disgusting human being I've ever encountered” Nice He’s not exactly an angel himself given that before being captured he was engaged to one woman while having an affair with another When the second woman got pregnant he proposed to keep the resulting twins a secret and marry his blissfully ignorant fiancée anyway The assertive even bossy Betancourt was undoubtedly not his cup of tea and reading between the lines it seems likely that the FARC encouraged these tensions between hostages on the principle of divide and ruleAnyway personalities aside any first hand account of an experience like this must be partial and subjective; how could it be otherwise? You can't point at any of these accounts and say they are the truth each person experienced it differently They could not keep detailed notes; Betancourt did have notebooks occasionally but burnt them regularly and says herself she had difficulty recalling the seuence of events The emotion in this book rings true though It’s clear in the early chapters that Betancourt had lived a privileged life being treated as a special person in both her public and her private life and used to getting her own way She describes a secretary who worked for her for several years and still trembled in her presence Being snatched from all this was a huge emotional shock In the first years of her captivity alone with Clara in a space a few metres suare their relationship uickly fell apart under the strain Later in the larger group of hostages some accused her of getting special treatment because of her status and resented the fact that the French government was negotiating for her freedom this must have been particularly galling for the Americans whose government appears to have forgotten all about them If Betancourt’s account is to be believed this “special treatment” included being chained by the neck to a tree 24 hours a day reuired to pitch her tent on top of a colony of venomous ants denied food and medical treatment and being forbidden to talk to the other hostages Their guards deliberately fomented discord between hostages and were constantly moving them separating them from those they had become friends with and spreading rumours There were scenes here that were reminiscent of concentration camp memoirs there are always some prisoners who will attempt to ingratiate themselves with the guards in order to gain favours while others cling to their principles come hell or high water In one famous scene the guards decide to reuire the hostages to shout out numbers in order to facilitate counting them Ingrid refuses calling out her name instead This angered other hostages who feared reprisals but I could understand her reaction it wasn’t just egoism but also a well founded belief that reducing people to numbers makes it easier to mistreat them And it worked the guards reverted to names On another occasion the guards confiscated all the prisoners’ precious radios except Ingrid’s because she had managed to hide it I was appalled that another hostage threatened to shop her to the guards unless she handed it over to him “I don’t submit to blackmail” she responded calling his bluff since carrying out his threat would have meant no radios at allShe is unsparing in describing her own reactions and is certainly not above criticising her own behaviour as well as that of other hostages Selected uotes my translationsIn captivity I discovered that my ego suffered if I was denied what I wanted I observed a transformation in myself that I did not like And I liked it even less because of the fact that I objected to it in othersMy heart hardened as I listened to Guillermo because I condemned in him what I did not like in myself My eyes were opened to the importance of remaining humble wherever the wheel of fortune has placed you I had to be taken to the bottom to understand thisBut finally after years of struggle and endurance when she has lost hope of rescue and expects to die in the jungle she writes movingly that she is no longer afraid of the FARC commandant because she has accepted deathIn this condition of the most devastating humiliation I still possessed the most precious of liberties that no one could take away from me that of deciding who I wanted to beI found the last few chapters of her resignation to her fate and the joy of release the most moving without wishing to add a spoiler there’s a surprising little love story here too After all the controversy especially over her badly misjudged decision to claim compensation from the Colombian government her legal right but politically extremely unwise I had respect for her when I’d finished this book than I did before But I also now feel I must read the book by the three American contractors

  3. says:

    As an example of its type the hostage memoir this book will go down as one of the best It is a towering achievement to have conceived and written a book like this after one's release for as fellow captive Clara Rojas wrote in her memoir Captive 2147 Days of Terror in the Colombian Jungle going back isn't easy even in one's mind to remember and relive the period of captivity However the level of detail about one's daily life in the jungle is patently fascinating even to those of us who have no intention of spending any time there For an explorer scientist or government operative this is reuired reading Think me a fool but that a public figure Ingrid Betancourt long shot presidential candidate could write a book of such power and clarity and filled with personal observations and motivations reminded me of the only other memoir of similar power in recent memory written by another long shot presidential candidate Barak Obama's Dreams from My Father A Story of Race and Inheritance Eually riveting though entirely of a different character Even Silence has an End tells us much about the nature of the individual who could observe dispassionately and sometimes passionately in the face of complications difficult to imagine terror sickness pain and boredomAs I read I became aware of the sometimes poisonous relationships that developed among the hostages and between the hostages and their FARC captors An earlier memoir I'd tried to read Out of Captivity Surviving 1967 Days in the Colombian Jungle became immediately relevant as each book references the authors of the other As a result I subseuently read Rojas' Captive 2147 Days of Terror in the Colombian Jungle which reminded me of the mind numbing boredom of my earlier attempt with Out of Captivity The fight in Colombia between government forces and FARC rebels has always felt out of my realm and those two books did not make our worlds intersect in any significant way Betancourt's book however brought that whole world right up close and personal and I am there involved interested engagedClearly Betancourt arouses strong emotions both support and opposition even as she did as a captive But until the opposition can speak with such a clearly rational and obviously humane and this is critical a truly interesting voice Betancourt's version of events is the one I will choose to remember

  4. says:

    You spend a little over six years in captivity in the Colombian jungle together — tortured sick and hopeless — and you’d think that once you’re free all you’d really care about is the fact that the nightmare has finally come to an end But in a day and age where surviving an especially shitty chapter in your life almost reuires that you write a memoir to forever document this painful period in your life it’s really no surprise to find a book like Ingrid Betancourt’s “Even Silence Has An End” — but what’s surprising is that one of her fellow captives an American who was part of a drug surveillance operation publicly bashed Betancourt in his own memoir and claimed she was “worse than the guards” You know I remember the footage of the former Colombian presidential candidate Betancourt being released in 2008 after years of being held hostage in the jungle where she’d been chained by the neck to trees suffered from untreated infections long periods of starvation and endured torturous stretches of forced marches The recipient of multiple international awards Betancourt was one of the famous political prisoners and was taken hostage in 2002 while she was running for president When she was finally rescued 2008 along with 14 other hostages — among them were three Americans Marc Gonsalves Keith Stansell and Thomas Howes were American Northrop Grumman contractors who ran into plane engine trouble during a drug surveillance mission After their plane crashed they were taken hostage by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia aka FARC Stansell an American intelligence analyst and ex Marine has been the most critical of the three claiming that Betancourt was “the most disgusting human being I’ve ever encountered” He claimed Betancourt was haughty self absorbed stole their food hoarded books and risked their lives by informing the guards that they were CIASo having read about all of this prior to picking up Betancourt’s memoir I couldn’t help but look at her account of things with a grain of salt But you know what? You read her book and you can’t help but understand both sides of the stories; I mean I think our high school English teachers forced us to read “Lord of the Flies” for a reason — it helps you to understand that in some situations when you’re stuck with a bunch of other people under circumstances that aren’t in your control this ugly side of you starts to emerge the longer you’re in that situation In her memoir Betancourt recounts a number of attempts to run away She even stood up to the guerrillas on a number of occasions displaying what I thought were remarkable shows of courage in an attempt to stick by her principles; but it seems that some of her fellow captives saw her as nothing than a troublemaker who made things difficult for them in the short term Reading this book there were moments where I felt like I was being held captive right along with Betancourt — and I don’t mean that in a good way The writing was okay — if a little grandiose at times — and I didn’t find it difficult to slough throughbut still reading it I could only begin to imagine what it was like to actually go through what she did At one point she writes “The flatness of life the boredom time that was forever starting over again just the same — it all acted like a sedative” Man did I ever get what she was talking about

  5. says:

    While this is a very interesting story and one that everyone should know about the writing is so long winded that I could hardly finish the thing It is unfortunate that the story is so convoluted that I could barely keep a time line in my head You would think it would be as simple as I got caputred and then this stuff happened to me and then I was rescued with maybe some flashbacks tossed in No She jumps from one year to another and back again unneccessarilyIt seemed especially after I read the book authored by the three American men she was rescued with that this was a very self indulgent story and one that she wrote to improve her public self image

  6. says:

    Boy can Ms Betancourt write I read this immediately after finishing Clara Rojas's account and several years after reading the version shared by the 3 Americans in captivity with them No than one chapter in I thought THIS is what I wanted Not the self consciously inspirational anecdote of the Americans or the vague disorganized and poorly written version Rojas provides Betancourt is a natural storyteller with an eye for detail a fondness for introspection and a feel for her audience On the other hand the book is uite long and does fall into some of the same traps seen in Rojas's non linear storytelling It occasionally is not clear when a given event occurs whether it is a sort of flashback or a repeat event Betancourt's skills with self analysis may lead her to a bit of unfair attribution of motives to her fellow captives And of course it is limited by the fact that it is one person's memoir Although she is freely willing to admit that she regrets much of her own behavior as she and the others slowly went crazy many of her recollections are obviously limited perspectives My favorite of these half stories is a passing reference to the fact that it had immediately become understood that Betancourt must win at all card games and how it upset the group when new captives failed to let her win games I'd love to know about how it had become understood and how the others felt about that You can tell there's a story there and it probably doesn't make Betancourt sound good The uestion is whether her avoidance of the story is conscious That said this is a fantastic read and if you only read one of the three it should be this one Betancourt paints a detailed colorful picture that left me feeling like I'd gone through it all with her and wondering if I would have handled it half as well Reading between the lines of all 3 books I suspect Betancourt can be difficult to love at times but she owns it and I think many reactions to her have to do with her discomfort and struggle being a strong empowered woman in a very macho culture Her book shows what a strong empowered woman can survive and makes the other issues seem unimportant

  7. says:

    This was a very difficult book to read The details of the author's years in captivity were so horrifying sometimes I had to pretend I was reading fiction because the notion that it was a memoir was tough to accept I thought about putting the book down many times and not finishing it but I plowed through to the end becauase I figured I would learn valuable lessons from the reading experience These are the insights I gained1I was already against drugs before but now that I've realized some of the specifics of how cocaine money is used in Columbia I cannot condone any encounter with the drug2The book was a difficult experience for me to read yes but that's nothing compared to the horrors that the author had to endure I believe it's our responsibility as happy free people to shoulder a small part of others' burdens by reading their stories I also believe it's our duty to practice gratitude on a daily basis for all the good we have in our lives because there are so many people in the world struggling with problems we can barely fathomAll that being said I gave the book three stars rather than four or five because it was confusing to read The story was not told in chronological order and I often got the characters mixed up Perhaps the author did this deliberately because her memory of the events during her hostage period were all mixed up and out of order? Regardless of the reason I got confused about some of the major plot points and characters and I really don't want to read the book again just to get clarification

  8. says:

    A thoroughly engaging beautifully written account of what presidential candidate Betancourt underwent as a hostage for six years in the ian jungle often chained by the neck by the guerrilla terrorist organization the FARC Betancourt takes us into her mind as she undergoes indignity and deprivation attempts several escapes unsuccessfully and yet somehow manages to keep her heart and head in tact and increasingly her newborn faith Her carefully even elegantly written memoir is fairly long the better to help you know what those six years day after day must have been like the relationships among fellow captives the intensity of connection the cruelty of rejection the isolation and pettiness; the constant changing of the guards FARC leaders the endless moving of camp to evade detection A testament to life love to what it means to be human

  9. says:

    This is a very good read Reading it one can gain insight into what long term confinment and living for years with the threat of danger punishment or death hanging over your head can do to you You don't have to be a POW to develop PTSD and other acute anxiety and trauma related problems This is also a story of courage Many people have momentary courage that burns out as fast as it comes So few understand that there really are places and times in peoples lives that just getting out of bed is difficult and the right thing is the hardest thing to do Give in or cave in to fear or find the strength to hold onto your identity who you want to be Courage is not the absense of fear it's moving foreward with the presense of fear I'd recommend this book to anyone

  10. says:

    The book is really well written and this is a powerful story but I came away sort of not liking Betancourt nonetheless It becomes subtly clear that she feels a sense of entitlement but when her co captors begin to react with real anger she is completely baffled by their responses Who knows how any one of us would act in a similar situation I don't want to judge her But I ended the book feeling that she was being dishonest at least with herself if not intentionally with the reader