Review: A House in the Sky

My review of the true story of a Canadian journalist held hostage in Somalia for 460 days was my most popular post in 2014. Here it is again. Monday I’m back to business as usual.

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A House in the Sky is the true story of a young Canadian woman who progressed from the childhood escape of National Geographic magazines to an intrepid backpacker through S. America, SE Asia, Africa and the Middle East where she started a career as a freelance photojournalist only to find herself a kidnap victim in the  2008 Mogadishu religious jihad (struggle) against the Christian Ugandan and Ethiopian invaders.  Over the next 460 days the house in the sky became her main escape from the reality of her situation:  sordid living conditions, scarcely enough food, and teenaged guards who, over time, became cruel and abusive toward her.

9781451645613-2Amanda Lindhout had grown up in Red Deer, Alberta.  After her parents split up, life was tense and precarious for her and her two brothers.  With her older brother Mark, she would go through dumpsters to retrieve empty bottles to return for cash; she…

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About mysm2000

Having taught elementary school for more than 25 years and been involved in many amazing technology and curriculum projects, I find I've developed a myriad of interests based on literature I've read and music I've heard. I've followed The Wright Three to Chicago, Ansel Adams to Colorado, The Kon Tiki Expedition to Easter Island, Simon & Garfunkel lyrics to New York City, Frank Lloyd Wright to Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, and have only just begun.
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