An Evil Cradling
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An Evil Cradling

By (author) Brian Keenan

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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, amongst them John McCarthy.

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 124 x 196 x 24mm | 240.4g
  • 15 Apr 1993
  • VINTAGE
  • London
  • English
  • 009999030X
  • 9780099990307
  • 52,239

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Brian Keenan was born in Belfast in 1951. An Evil Cradling is the story of his four years' captivity in Beirut and is recognized as a non-fiction classic. He is also the author of the novel, Turlough and two travel books, Between Extremes (with John McCarthy) and Four Quarters Of Light. He lives with his family outside Dublin.

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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, amongst them John McCarthy.

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Kidnapped by Shi'ite militiamen, Brian Keenan was held hostage in Beirut for 4 and a half years. Blindfolded, chained, beaten, often gagged, bound with packing tape and put in a sack when moved from one prison to another - the pain and humiliation were unremitting, yet somehow Keenan survived. When John McCarthy joined him they forged a friendship which became their strongest weapon against despair. McCarthy's light touch often defused Keenan's robust Irish rage and their combined ingenuity provided the distraction of childish games and ribald jokes. This book eloquently confirms man's amazing capacity to survive, the power of friendship, and 'the fury of life'. (Kirkus UK)

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