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3096 Days by Natascha Kampusch
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Jan 09, 12

Read in January, 2012

I find it difficult to rate an autobiography, particularly such a harrowing one, with anything less than five stars. However, rating the book instead of the person or experience it describes, I can only give it three stars.

A lot of the book seems to be a repetition of conclusions reached and discussions had over years of therapy-- a published self-analysis. This is both a strength and a weakness of the book. It is a weakness in that it draws away from the narrative, is often defensive, and replaces an emotional account of the story. It is a strength in that it allows the author agency over her own experience. I particularly appreciated her criticisms of the label of 'Stockholm Syndrome' that have been applied to her.

A terrible story bravely told, if nothing else.
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