Tuesday, 17 January 2017

House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout

Posted by Lesley Sackett Winfield

It took me a while to get to this book, and I'm a bit disappointed I hadn't read it years ago. The story took me through a rollercoaster of emotions. Aside from being intrigued since Amanda is from Alberta, I was torn. I wanted her story of captivity to continue AND end. I found myself wanting to soak up as much information about the civil war, the Jihadists, and the Muslim religion as I could. I was fascinated by the history lesson she wove into her story. I was inspired by her strength and tortured by her torment. However, it was a tough read. The pain she went through was unbelievable at times. Thought provoking, shocking, and interesting all in one breath. I had to stop reading anything for three of four days after I finished, just to let myself decompress.

In August 2008, Amanda travelled to Somalia—“the most dangerous place on earth.” On her fourth day, she was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road.

Held hostage for 460 days, Amanda converts to Islam as a survival tactic, receives “wife lessons” from one of her captors, and risks a daring escape. Moved between a series of abandoned houses in the desert, she survives on memory—every lush detail of the world she experienced in her life before captivity—and on strategy, fortitude, and hope. When she is most desperate, she visits a house in the sky, high above the woman kept in chains, in the dark, being tortured.