A Gringa in Bogotá: Living Colombia's Invisible War by June Carolyn Erlick

By June Carolyn Erlick

To many foreigners, Colombia is a nightmare of substances and violence. but general lifestyles is going on there, and, in Bogotá, it is even attainable to fail to remember that warfare nonetheless ravages the geographical region. This paradox of perceptions—outsiders' fears as opposed to insiders' realities—drew June Carolyn Erlick again to Bogotá for a year's remain in 2005. She desired to know the way the town she first got here to like in 1975 has made such strides towards development a relaxed civil society in the middle of ongoing violence. The advanced fact she discovered involves existence during this compelling memoir.

Erlick creates her portrait of Bogotá via a sequence of brilliant vignettes that conceal many elements of urban lifestyles. As an skilled journalist, she shall we the issues she observes lead her to greater conclusions. The courtesy of individuals on buses, the absence of packs of stray canines and highway trash, and the willingness of strangers to assist her go an overpass while vertigo overwhelms her all develop into indicators of convivencia—the hope of Bogotanos to dwell jointly in concord regardless of many years of battle. yet as Erlick settles additional into urban existence, she unearths that "war within the urban is invisible, yet continuously found in sophisticated methods, similar to the consistent mist that used to drip down from the Bogotá skies such a lot of years ago."

Shattering stereotypes with its energetic reporting, A Gringa in Bogotá is must-reading for going past the headlines concerning the drug battle and bloody conflict.

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