Thursday, June 22, 2017


Hostage / Guy Delisle, 432 pages

Kidnapped while working for an NGO, Christophe Andre was held for several months in 1997 before he escaped.  He was almost always handcuffed to a radiator or some other unmovable object, given time to eat (mostly watery soup) and infrequent bathroom breaks.  He was unaware of efforts to negotiate his freedom and felt, pretty much the entire time, that he could not take captivity much longer.  Worse than being in prison, he had no idea when or if he would be freed.  He never really communicated much with his captors as there was a language barrier and he was loath to become friendly with them.  This book does a great job conveying the boredom, fear and hopelessness of the hostage.

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