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An Evil Cradling

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The first half of the book describes his time in solitary confinement, and it is a vivid, gripping account. Says that there is justice in people taking up arms in response to a loss of power (talking about Israeli invasion) but says they had no understanding of power or it’s uses. However, he continued an interest in literature by attending night classes and in 1970 gained a place at the University of Ulster in Coleraine.

It was the 1991 winner of the Irish Times Literature Prize for Non-fiction and the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize.

He wrote of the trip, "I couldn’t say I was happy and excited to be back – it was far more than that. I can only justify this by saying it didn't really grab me but then one could argue that there is nothing much in a true account of a horrendous hostage incident lasting over four and a half years to be grabbed by.

But if you don't shy from dark subjects, and you want to read some of the most descriptive writing you'll probably ever read, I'd recommend picking this up. There he was handed over by the Syrian Foreign Ministry to the care of Irish Ambassador, Declan Connolly. I'll start by saying that I started reading this book after I saw a Facebook comment claiming this is good literature. Beautiful section on the ‘dreaming man’, the ‘living corpses’ ends with: ‘a man emerges back into life, not because of anything I have said, but the lunacy and the laughter that is at the heart of our life beckon him back and he cannot resist. Throughout the kidnap they also provided support to his two sisters, Elaine Spence and Brenda Gillham, who were spearheading the campaign for Brian's release.A little like Primo Levi's 'If this is a Man' this book leaves you with a sense of awe, reverence even, for this 'beauty of the world, this paragon of animals', for what we are and what we are capable of. I didn’t expect anything out of it, but I still discovered I had a number of expectations, because I discovered them whilst I was reading something that seemed to contradict what I subconsciously thought. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.

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