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Kidnapped: A Diary of My 373 Days in Captivity

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Publisher Comments:

It all happened so fast that even now, a month later, I still have trouble believing it, and I have to tell myself over and over again: Leszli, you have been kidnapped.

On April 12, 1999, Leszli Kalli boarded a plane in Colombia to work on a kibbutz in Israel, but she never made it. The plane was hijacked by a leftist guerrilla group and forced to land on an abandoned runway in the jungle. Leszli, along with her father and the other passengers, were held hostage for 373 days. Her diary reveals her innermost thoughts, darkest fears, and visions of hope.

Leszli vividly presents this painful time in her life: trapped, held at gunpoint, and never knowing if she would live to see another day. Although never close before, the bond between her and her father grows as they provide one another with vital support. Alienated as the only woman in her group, she maintains her guard but finds comfort caring for animals, including a tarantula living beneath her bed. As the pages of her diary unfold, so, too, does the incredible story of one girl's fight for survival against overwhelming odds.

Review:

"In 1999, the plane carrying then 18-year-old Kalli and her father was hijacked by a leftist guerilla group and flown to a Colombian jungle, where the passengers were held captive for just over a year. Kalli kept a diary of her experience, reprinted here in a competent translation that retains Kalli's vivid intensity, even as she's explaining the fear and tedium of daily life as a hostage. At its best, Kalli's account offers a sharp examination of the relationships between guerillas and hostages: 'my mind was unable to process the difference between an event that for some, was pure happiness, and for others, an exercise in pure humiliation.' Unfortunately, the publishers have made an error in reproducing the diary on its own, giving Kalli's amateur effort sole responsibility for detailing the complex predicament. Without outside accounts of the situation-news reports, government records, etc.-to illuminate the big picture, delineate major players and cover the logistics, the narrative loses focus. For instance, the facility by which Kalli communicates with her family back home, and even receives clothing and food from them, is never explained, a perplexing omission. Kalli's diary contains powerful writing about a unique and compelling situation, but a well-edited excerpt, supported by outside reporting, would have made a stronger impact. Illustrations." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Leszli emerges to remind us to combat victimization, seek peace, and appreciate the glowing beauty of freedom." Aron Ralston, author of Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Review:

"Kidnapped is one woman's moving account of how vulnerable we all really are. Drawing on her inner strength, KAlli remarkably turned her trauma into triumph, and in the process gained a renewed perspective on what is really important." Lisa Pulitzer, coauthor of The Daughters of JuArez

Review:

"Kidnapped by Leszli KAlli is an achingly honest and intense story of survival. KAlli's words pour freely from her heart, and like the tropical rivers that alleviated her confinement in the jungle, the reader is also refreshed by the elasticity of her mind, and the resiliency of her youthful spirit, and is left believing that in spite of the senseless cruelty in the world today, with such courageous and sensitive young people within it, there is hope for the future after all." Cecilia Samartin, author of Broken Paradise

Review:

"Kalli's biggest complaints is that, because there's nothing to do but smoke, bathe and eat, and play volleyball, chess and Battleship, she's bored. Readers...will be bored, too. A prefatory essay, giving a bit more context about guerilla kidnappings in Colombia, would have been helpful. The occasional art is more engaging than the diary itself." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

"It all happened so fast that even now, a month later, I still have trouble believing it, and I have to tell myself over and over again: Leszli, you have been kidnapped."

On April 12, 1999, Leszli Kálli boarded a plane in Colombia to work on a kibbutz in Israel, but she never made it. The plane was hijacked by a leftist guerrilla group and forced to land on an abandoned runway in the jungle. Leszli, along with her father and the other passengers, were held hostage for 373 days. Her diary reveals her innermost thoughts, darkest fears, and visions of hope.

Leszli vividly presents this painful time in her life: trapped, held at gunpoint, and never knowing if she would live to see another day. Although never close before, the bond between her and her father grows as they provide one another with vital support. Alienated as the only woman in her group, she maintains her guard but finds comfort caring for animals, including a tarantula living beneath her bed. As the pages of her diary unfold, so, too, does the incredible story of one girl's fight for survival against overwhelming odds.

About the Author

andlt;bandgt;Leszli Kand#225;lliandlt;/bandgt; was born and raised in Colombia. She has since left her native country and is working toward degrees in English and graphic design.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743291316
Author:
Kalli, Leszli
Publisher:
Atria Books
Translator:
Cordero, Kristina
Subject:
General
Subject:
Other Miscellaneous Crimes
Subject:
Judaism - General
Subject:
Kidnapping
Subject:
Colombia
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Kalli, Leszli - Kidnapping, 1999
Subject:
Kidnapping victims - Colombia
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20070231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
17 bandamp;w line drawings, 8-pp bandamp
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 10.465 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In 1999, the plane carrying then 18-year-old Kalli and her father was hijacked by a leftist guerilla group and flown to a Colombian jungle, where the passengers were held captive for just over a year. Kalli kept a diary of her experience, reprinted here in a competent translation that retains Kalli's vivid intensity, even as she's explaining the fear and tedium of daily life as a hostage. At its best, Kalli's account offers a sharp examination of the relationships between guerillas and hostages: 'my mind was unable to process the difference between an event that for some, was pure happiness, and for others, an exercise in pure humiliation.' Unfortunately, the publishers have made an error in reproducing the diary on its own, giving Kalli's amateur effort sole responsibility for detailing the complex predicament. Without outside accounts of the situation-news reports, government records, etc.-to illuminate the big picture, delineate major players and cover the logistics, the narrative loses focus. For instance, the facility by which Kalli communicates with her family back home, and even receives clothing and food from them, is never explained, a perplexing omission. Kalli's diary contains powerful writing about a unique and compelling situation, but a well-edited excerpt, supported by outside reporting, would have made a stronger impact. Illustrations." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Leszli emerges to remind us to combat victimization, seek peace, and appreciate the glowing beauty of freedom."
"Review" by , "Kidnapped is one woman's moving account of how vulnerable we all really are. Drawing on her inner strength, KAlli remarkably turned her trauma into triumph, and in the process gained a renewed perspective on what is really important."
"Review" by , "Kidnapped by Leszli KAlli is an achingly honest and intense story of survival. KAlli's words pour freely from her heart, and like the tropical rivers that alleviated her confinement in the jungle, the reader is also refreshed by the elasticity of her mind, and the resiliency of her youthful spirit, and is left believing that in spite of the senseless cruelty in the world today, with such courageous and sensitive young people within it, there is hope for the future after all."
"Review" by , "Kalli's biggest complaints is that, because there's nothing to do but smoke, bathe and eat, and play volleyball, chess and Battleship, she's bored. Readers...will be bored, too. A prefatory essay, giving a bit more context about guerilla kidnappings in Colombia, would have been helpful. The occasional art is more engaging than the diary itself."
"Synopsis" by , "It all happened so fast that even now, a month later, I still have trouble believing it, and I have to tell myself over and over again: Leszli, you have been kidnapped."

On April 12, 1999, Leszli Kálli boarded a plane in Colombia to work on a kibbutz in Israel, but she never made it. The plane was hijacked by a leftist guerrilla group and forced to land on an abandoned runway in the jungle. Leszli, along with her father and the other passengers, were held hostage for 373 days. Her diary reveals her innermost thoughts, darkest fears, and visions of hope.

Leszli vividly presents this painful time in her life: trapped, held at gunpoint, and never knowing if she would live to see another day. Although never close before, the bond between her and her father grows as they provide one another with vital support. Alienated as the only woman in her group, she maintains her guard but finds comfort caring for animals, including a tarantula living beneath her bed. As the pages of her diary unfold, so, too, does the incredible story of one girl's fight for survival against overwhelming odds.

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