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Guantanamo Boy by Anna Perera
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Oct 15, 12

really liked it
Read from October 03 to 15, 2012

Wow. This book will forever haunt me. I have to admit, I knew very little about Guantanamo Bay before reading this...just snippets I'd heard in the news here and there. I have come away from reading this book informed and horrified. I kept having trouble believing that the torturous treatment of the prisoners at Guantanamo (and many other terrorist prisons) was not something from WWII or something. This treatment is recent stuff...current events! I feel duped. I'm an intelligent, up-to-date, politically active gal. Why didn't I know more about the situations of these "combatant detainees"? Or is it that I didn't want to know? Like so many other Americans, did I simply turn off my hearing or emotional processing faculties in order to pretend that if I didn't perceive or recognize these atrocities, that they would not constitute reality? Sadly, as the book tells, most suspected "terrorists", brought into captivity are innocent men, many who happened to travel a lot for business, schooling, or pleasure. Like the character, a 15-year old boy, many prisoners were juveniles. It was a difficult book to read. But, we can't ignore stuff like this. If America becomes a country this inhumane, then who are we? Terrorists? ***The book is written in the present tense, which will drive you nuts for the first few chapters. It gets better as the pace of the novel picks up and contributes to the inner chaos that the character experiences.

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message 1: by Jean (new)

Jean Great review. You hit the nail on the head as far as my political awareness.

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