Haunting. These guys were hostages in Colombia while we lived there in Bogota. There are times during the book when I could correlate what I was doing...moreHaunting. These guys were hostages in Colombia while we lived there in Bogota. There are times during the book when I could correlate what I was doing and where I was at....at that time. We lived within 2 miles of the car bombing at the military academy. I clearly remember that day, the communication from the Embassy to stay in our apartment behind the armored door...and to not leave until they communicated to us a level of safety.
Amazing true story. I am glad to begin with this biography vs. the Ingrid Betancourt version. I'd like to read them all...Ingrid's and Clara Rojas's as well...and I believe, I'll read Clara's next and leave Ingrid to last. For obvious reasons when you've read this book.
Truly a testament to the far reaches of humanity...survival, loyalty, endurance...as well as brutality and evil.
I love Colombia. I love the culture, the people, the music...and the beauty of the country. I miss living in Bogota. I hope Colombians find peace someday....and thank you God for bringing these men home to the United States of America. How lucky we are to be FREE....... (less)
LOVE LOVE LOVE this book...the story is compelling until the VERY end...and THEN the author leaves you hanging! (GASP!) Katniss is one of my favorite...moreLOVE LOVE LOVE this book...the story is compelling until the VERY end...and THEN the author leaves you hanging! (GASP!) Katniss is one of my favorite "strong girl" characters. I'm always looking for literature that portray women in a strong role and this is definitely one of them. Raising 4 daughters of my own...I'm going to need all the help I can get empowering them. Katniss is a wonderful example of just that...
Another reason I loved this book so much is how much I see myself in Katniss's character. I've always been a tom-boy, a "fixer," an adrenaline junkie in my own way. Even as a nurse, this personality trait carried through. The worse my patient was, the better I was. Give me the worst one, going-down-the-tubes one...and I'll fix it. I'll be the one to have that moment with God where I say..."not this one" and bring them back. In those situations, I was calmer and my mind cleared and I was right on target with everything. Never afraid or anxious. Calm, cool, collected and ready to be the leader of the team. I guess that's why I worked as a Cardiac nurse and in the ER/OPD/Trauma areas.
Katniss is like that. She becomes the strength of her family after her father dies. She essentially cares for herself, her mother and her little sister. It is not surprising she would then volunteer to participate in the Hunger Games in Prim's place. To her, it's automatic and essential she do that....to her it's "game on."
Some people are very critical of the violence in the story. I say...it's a wonderful opportunity for having that conversation with your kids. The world is a scary, violent place. Maybe not here in the USA...but definitely in other parts of the world and in it's history. The Hunger Games would be a wonderful place to start a teachable moment with kids. You can't shelter them from everything...but you can have these conversations in a controlled environment...and using fiction as a stepping-off point would be brilliant.
I am definitely reading this whole series...and I'm looking forward to the day when my kids are old enough to read it....I will join them. Looking forward to many stimulating conversations with my kids. (less)