An Evil Cradling
Brian Keenan
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Apr 05, 2020 - 07:47 AMBy Brian Keenan

Brian Keenan went to Beirut in 1985 for a change of scene from his native Belfast He became headline news when he was kidnapped by fundamentalist Shi ite militiamen and held in the suburbs of Beirut for the next four and a half years For much of that time he was shut off from all news and contact with anyone other than his jailers and, later, his fellow hostages, amongstBrian Keenan went to Beirut in 1985 for a change of scene from his native Belfast He became headline news when he was kidnapped by fundamentalist Shi ite militiamen and held in the suburbs of Beirut for the next four and a half years For much of that time he was shut off from all news and contact with anyone other than his jailers and, later, his fellow hostages, amongst them John McCarthy.
  • Title: An Evil Cradling
  • Author: Brian Keenan
  • ISBN: 9780099990307
  • Page: 231
  • Format: Paperback

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AnaVlădescu Apr 05, 2020 - 07:47 AM
It is a rare occasion that you get to read a book that manages to surprise you from beginning to end 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 This book is written with grace Yes, grace is the right word I imagine Keenan with his back straight and a steady hand as he wrote it though how he could have managed that beats me To be in capti [...]
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Wendy Unsworth Apr 05, 2020 - 07:47 AM
I first read this book shortly after it was published it is an unforgettable account of brutality and the loss of freedom but also an uplifting account of hope, resilience and friendship Brian was kidnapped and incarcerated in Beirut and over than 4 years moved to various hiding places The account of how he and fellow prisoner, John McCarthy were transported from place to place was both fascinating and horrible I found myself holding my breath through the ordeal with them Brian and John became [...]
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Jim Apr 05, 2020 - 07:47 AM
A much better book than might have been expected Brian Keenan s nightmare incarceration of over 4 years at the hands of some Hezbollah fundamentalist thugs in Beirut has given rise to a remarkable work of literature Keenan shows little interest in the politics of his captors, but considerable insight into their minds They are young, religious and sexually repressed They are brutalised and diminished by the situation than the men they guard, and periodically beat This book is at times almost unb [...]
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Natalie Richards Apr 05, 2020 - 07:47 AM
Brian Keenan went to Beirut in 1985 for a change from his native Belfast He was kidnapped and held for the next four and half years It was here that he met fellow hostage John McCarthy This is an amazing read Brain is a man full of integrity and compassion and a quality writer I could quote so many passages from this book but one stands out I wanted to affirm that I was myself and would not allow my integrity to be taken from me by a surrender to what another believed or would make me be Through [...]
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Summer Day Apr 05, 2020 - 07:47 AM
This is a very disturbing and clever memoir I read it when I was very young too young, perhaps and Keenan s writing has stayed with me Amazing, heavy, shocking account of Keenan s life as a hostage in Beirut Unforgettable true story.
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Clare Donoghue Apr 05, 2020 - 07:47 AM
Simply one of the best books I ve ever read It s stayed with me and it s impact hasn t lessened over time Just read it.
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Kate Forsyth Apr 05, 2020 - 07:47 AM
Brian Keenan is an Irish teacher who was kidnapped in 1985 while working in Beirut This is a memoir of his four and a half years as a hostage, enduring torture, beatings, and solitary confinement A very hard book to read at times how can humans be so cruel Yet Brian survived mind and soul intact, an amazing testament to the strength of his spirit.
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Keiron Curtis Apr 05, 2020 - 07:47 AM
Deeply powerful and evocative, a book that takes you into the soul of despair unlike and to the extent that no other book I have read quite compares or at present comes to mind while at the same time stands as a testimony to the indefatigable human spirit of the author, which hauls his mind countless times out of the mire, regenerating from within always a renewed sense of hope, rallying with courage enough to at times strike fear into his captors.This book says nothing about religion or questio [...]
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Nicola Waldron Apr 05, 2020 - 07:47 AM
I ve owned this book for 20 years or now and finally felt ready to open it and read Just remarkable a work to remind us how expansive is the human mind, proving that cultural and religious education is directly connected to the development of the heart, in the sense that, early on in life, we have the opportunity to either help open that heart through compassion and universal inclusion, or slam it shut by demanding blind obedience to dogma, along with all the heart mind s potential for good and [...]
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Jo Apr 05, 2020 - 07:47 AM
It is difficult to separate the ratings for the book as a book from the ratings of the story of the immense suffering of a man held captive for four and a half years in appalling and brutal conditions How can you not just respect the honesty and courage to write about the mental and physical torment which assailed each of the captives Brian Keenan was held with during that time and especially his own I am so glad I have read the book and have just a chink of understanding of what he and others w [...]
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Daniel Apr 05, 2020 - 07:47 AM
One of the most moving and perspective shifting books I have ever read Keenan s story of captivity and exposure to a very broken segment of human society is highly topical in this day and age Anyone who would seek to defend imprisonment without trial should read and consider this man s experiences.While the second half of the book, his time in captivity with another hostage, does not quite live up to the intensity of the first hundred pages or so, it is still well worth reading The first section [...]
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Philip Apr 05, 2020 - 07:47 AM
i could remember at the time when i was growing up the television report of the release of brian keenan and came across this last year and have to say it was powerfull reading to finally understand what it was all about and the hardship he did go through at the hands of his captors,his perseverance and spirit has to be looked at with great respect
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Hannah Apr 05, 2020 - 07:47 AM
Brian Keenans view on his capture in Lebanon Found it difficult to begin with and nearly gave up, but he has a real insight into how to survive abduction, his relationship with John McCarthy, is one of Brotherhood, and he really lets you into some of his worst experiences I would say worth a read.
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Barbara Apr 05, 2020 - 07:47 AM
Made me feel very humble reading about what the hostages survived and how they came through with dignity and humour Made my son read this when he was in his teens as I thought it was the sort of book to help develop a wider understanding of different cultures, viewpoints and most of all humanity.
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Hugh Apr 05, 2020 - 07:47 AM
A beautifully written account of Keenan s time as a hostage in Lebanon, this is a moving and eloquent tribute to the human spirit.
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Marj Apr 05, 2020 - 07:47 AM
I read this book some time ago and was mesmerised by it For years, I followed Keenan in the news and read accounts of his imprisonment Quite a remarkable account.
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Jonathan-David Jackson Apr 05, 2020 - 07:47 AM
An interesting true story of a man kidnapped and held prisoner for four years Nothing else to say, really If you like people being kidnapped, you ll love this.
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Peter Apr 05, 2020 - 07:47 AM
This is the kind of book that leaves you ruminating Like a good meal or sermon, you want to glean every last nuance and morsel from it ensuring that nothing is lost, that it all sinks in 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 It reveals a depth of spirit, a nobility of character and the sheer belligerent will that enables one to fight i [...]
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Alice Apr 05, 2020 - 07:47 AM
For some morbid reason, I have always been fascinated with reading autobiographies or biographies about hostage situations What these people have lived through cannot bedifferent from my own life that reading about their life is amazing Brian Keenan went through hell Nothing can be clearly stated than that He went through hell But the amazing part is he went through the hell of being kidnapped by a religious extremist group AND survived Keenan survived it and wrote it down so that we, the reade [...]
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Dominique Kyle Apr 05, 2020 - 07:47 AM
An unflinching literary, poetic, political, psychological and spiritual response to being held as a political prisoner hostage in Beirut for five years I read all the books written by the hostages when they were released I never managed to finish the other two whereas this is unforgettable It s worth reading alone for the poem written by Brian Keenan on the last page, distilled from his experience a poem I have written out, quoted, inscribed on one of my ceramic reliquaries on the subject of Aid [...]
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Kerry Apr 05, 2020 - 07:47 AM
Having finished the book,I ve come to the conclusion that I d much rather have been banged up with John McCarthy than Brian Keenan Keenan would have really irritated me To begin with, he defines his personality and character by his nationality which is childishly pathetic Secondly he was very judgmental about John initially, on the grounds that they had seemingly different backgrounds Additionally I think he was quite selfish on occasions, putting them both at risk out of sheer, bloody minded st [...]
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Shonaigh Mudie Apr 05, 2020 - 07:47 AM
Read this for high school English, a good book for once You get taken right into Keenan s head as he recounts the horrors he faced when he was taken captive, then held prisoner in Beirut for a number of years It is truly horrifying and disturbing in places, their Keenan and McCarthy treatment at the hands of their captors but most of all it is the mental side of being held hostage, the loneliness and depression The level of despair and raw emotion is evident There are splashes of humour here and [...]
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Girl with her Head in a Book Apr 05, 2020 - 07:47 AM
This is not my usual kind of read It startled me and has troubled me and at times I felt that I was reading it with my eyes half shut, not wanting to see what Brian Keenan was drawing out so clearly In the end, I read it while lazing about in the park, the bright sunshine being an almost uncomfortable contrast to the dark pictures which its pages conjured up I am glad that I read it but reading it made me want to cry Brian Keenan is clearly a highly intelligent man, this is no mere survival stor [...]
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Kiri Apr 05, 2020 - 07:47 AM
Absolutely astonishing The human spirit is iron strong in this true life depiction of being held hostage in Beirut for four pain staking years His tenacity fierce refusal to submit to senseless torture was mind blowing So beautifully written, I found myself re reading paragraphs for their sheer brilliance His mind, clearly strengthened through the horror, was remarkable When most would yield, he found humour, heart resolve The relationship with his cellmate revealed the essence of the human cond [...]
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Anna Kennedy Apr 05, 2020 - 07:47 AM
I m not a reader of non fiction generally, but this book was a revelation I picked it up in a charity shop and within seconds of opening it was completely absorbed and could not have left without it It is a haunting tale of isolation, psychological torture as well as physical and the unimaginable internal struggle with the total loss of freedom The revelation of the book is that at no point whatsoever in this harrowing story does Keenan sound mawkish, self pitying or bitter it is warm, uplifting [...]
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Alex Tilley Apr 05, 2020 - 07:47 AM
This book changed my life I suppose every very good book you read does that to varying extents, but this phenomenally powerful book gave me the brusque shove I needed at a crucial period in my life It is one of those books that takes you to the very depths of what it means to be human, what we are capable of, what we expect from life and what you expect from others, then finally drags you back up for breath and sunlight and you find yourself staring at your future with a newly acquired clarity a [...]
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Gary Kittle Apr 05, 2020 - 07:47 AM
Anyone who knows anything about this book will understand the humility and fortitude shown by Keenan and his fellow captives At certain parts of the narrative the intensity of the situation becomes almost unbearable and as a reader you feel grateful that the author withheld at least some of the disturbing details Apart from the mere fact of psychological survival, which is the obvious subject matter of the book, Keenan manages to make the reader start to feel sorry for his kidnappers And the fa [...]
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Trevor Hall Apr 05, 2020 - 07:47 AM
A remarkable account of four and a half years of captivity, Keenan being held by Lebanese militia in Beirut in the early 1980s Keenan writes with incredible self awareness and describes what actually happens to a human being when they are put under such awful duress It is of course, a book of hope, strength and fortitude of the human spirit, as well as being a comprehensive account of his friendship for and love of fellow detainee John McCarthy Keenan s command of the English language is admirab [...]
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Fin Apr 05, 2020 - 07:47 AM
I read this book and am glad I did but I wouldn t be very quick to recommend it I dreamt every night of being kidnapped, not in the same settings as Brian Keenan s but still terrifying I woke up every morning feeling as though I was put through the mill It is good to be aware of the depths of human evil and the length at what some people will do to make money trading in hostages but it has in fact just made me terrified of what could happen to me I still believe that ignorance is bliss when it c [...]
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Jennifer Apr 05, 2020 - 07:47 AM
This is a powerfully written narrative that relates to each of us Brian Keenan shares with us his story of being held hostage in Lebanon He s moved to several different prisons and endures psychological and physical torture by his captors He shows us what inhumane treatment is and confides in us his fears His friendship with John McCarthy gives him the chance to bond and discover what he needs to do to survive The result is a raw, honest and lucid account of the four and a half years he lived as [...]
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An Evil Cradling By Brian Keenan Brian Keenan went to Beirut in 1985 for a change of scene from his native Belfast He became headline news when he was kidnapped by fundamentalist Shi ite militiamen and held in the suburbs of Beirut for the next four and a half years For much of that time he was shut off from all news and contact with anyone other than his jailers and, later, his fellow hostages, amongstBrian Keenan went to Beirut in 1985 for a change of scene from his native Belfast He became headline news when he was kidnapped by fundamentalist Shi ite militiamen and held in the suburbs of Beirut for the next four and a half years For much of that time he was shut off from all news and contact with anyone other than his jailers and, later, his fellow hostages, amongst them John McCarthy.

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