It took me awhile to get used to Forche's voice reading the book - not your typical engaging narrator. She is soft spoken without much inflection. The book also started out slowly, but became more engaging as it went along. It's amazing how young and fearless she was and how the experience changed her views on life. Will have you thinking about the state of the world and our part as Americans long after you've finished. I love Forche's book of poems "The Country Between Us" and if you haven't read them, I would encourage you to read it as a companion to the memoir.
An awe inspiring story, hard to listen to, but so important. We Americans isolate ourselves in a world where we forget (or would rather not know) what goes on beyond our borders. Carolyn Forché had the courage to witness and tell us. If you believe that we are all one, let this book inspire you to find a way to help those who are stuck in places, lives, countries where human lives have no value. Your life will be enriched by what you learn here, by the depths you are made to feel and see. Leave the shallow waters and find the many layered darkness. You will not be the same person when you finish it.