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Monday, 7 March 2016

They are all my family

I recently listened to the audio version of this book, and while my initial thought was 'Why'd they get this guy to read it?' after a few paragraphs, I was in love with it! I eagerly finished it, engrossed in the story.

In a very matter of fact style, which makes the storyteller seem so human yet so amazing at the same time, he doesn't glorify war and doesn't judge too harshly on the actions of others. It shows some insights into the way history books may not tell the entire story, how you could not believe a city was about to fall if you were in it, and how people behave when their hand is forced. At one point it made me laugh out loud with delight, when I finally understood the title (Don't read any of the blurbs, just have it all unfold, and you will too!).

Without giving anything away, he admits as a rule follower and a conservative personality, the only justification  he can give to why he did what he did was because "It was the right thing to do". It was a simple as that. This book has restored my faith in humanity a little, that perhaps, when push comes to shove, we will stop turning our backs on those in need, we will put our cameras down, stop filming and actually help, we will speak out on behalf of others.

If one person can make a difference to so many people, imagine what we all could do?


(I stumbled across this book when I was looking to get some background on the pending trip to Vietnam, I've opted for some of the French history, and some modern books,as I don't want the understanding of the country to focus on just one war. Yet as I'm not a fan of war stories, I'm surprised at how much I loved this. Definitely worth a listen!)

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11 comments:

  1. "If one person can make a difference to so many, imagine what we can all do." That in itself is the power statement of the day ...
    Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Thanks for this - I'm always looking for things to listen to in the car as the radio can drive me nuts sometimes.
    Have the best day xox

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  3. The Builder loves audio books, I'll have to put this one on the list, thank youxx

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  4. I am yet to try an audio book! Sounds great!

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  5. Audio books sound (pun intended) like a great idea for when I'm driving to and from work and to and from all the kids activities. I'll have to borrow some from the library and try them.

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  6. I love audio books, they are great to listen too in the car. :-)

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  7. I'm going to recommend this to my friend Belinda, she is a huge fan of audio books.

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  8. It sounds like an interesting story.

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  9. Sounds interesting. I actually am a fan of war books so I may have to check it out. I can't sit still for audio books though for some reason.

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    1. In the car...I spend a lot of time on the road!!

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    2. How interesting. I have a friend who would love to listen to this one. I'll have to share it with her and her hubby.

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