Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Buried Alive

Buried Alive is a book based on a true story narrating the ordeals of a man after being kidnapped while working in Post-war Iraq. The story revolves around an American, Roy Hallums (the Author himself) who works for a Saudi Arabian company, deputed in Post-war Iraq. It is an emotionally painful, detailed narrative by the author.

The nicety of the book lies in the fact that although it details out all the nuances of a kidnapping, the author does it with relative ease and seems to make it sound like it's no big deal. Never for a minute does it get monotonous or boring. It teaches us how to handle adversity and how staying calm always helps.

Everyone, especially children should read this book to find out the ground reality in countries torn by war, like Iraq. It quite accurately describes the situation there. How, even after the fall of the dictatorship, there's a lot to be done, the rebuilding effort required is quite enormous. It would teach us how to face adversity staying calm and composed.

It pokes our conscience about how we forget about such kidnapping incidents as they get too common, about how we don't bother after a while, how we become numb to such events as long as they don't affect us directly in anyway.

The climax is quite dramatic with the US army storming into the building where the hostages are held to rescue them, will, I'm sure,  give you goose bumps.

The book is just 249 pages long and makes for a quick but entertaining read.

Bottom-line: A  great book to read over a lazy weekend with some snack, for entertainment and some provoking some thought towards the goings-on of the world.

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