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A Season in Hell by Robert Fowler
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A Season in Hell

by Robert Fowler

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Robert Fowler was kidnapped by Al Qaeda in northern Africa and spent 130 as a prisoner. This is the story of how he survived those days.

Mr. Fowler talks about his experience, and provides a portrait of several of the men who held him and fellow Canadian, Louis Guay, hostage. Through this book, I was able to learn about the Al Qaeda movement in northern Africa and some of the broader political issues at play.

More importantly, I learned about human spirit and courage in listening to Mr. Fowler's account of how he and Louis worked to maintain their physical and mental health while not knowing how or when their ordeal would end. I applaud the generousity of spirit that Mr. Fowler has displayed in sharing his story so that other can learn and be inspired by it. ( )
  LynnB | Nov 21, 2011 |
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The author uses five verses of "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge as his epigraph
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For Mary, whose love, drive, and spirit brought me back
For my wonderful girls, Linton, Ruth, Antonia, and Justine, and their familes, who made coming home so important
For Louis, without whom I would likely not have come through
For Presidents Toure and Compaore, their brave negotiators, and all those in the Canadian government who worked tirelessly and effectively to make it possible
For all those who can't go home
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As we waited for the ferry, our driver, Soumana Moukaila, oversaw a gaggle of nearly naked young boys as they competed for the privilege -- and a few coins -- of washing his carefully tended white Land Cruiser, which proudly sported a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) logo in pale blue on each front door.
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