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The extract from Brian Keenan's book "An Evil Cradling" recounts his experience of being kidnapped and help hostage by terrorist in Beirut.
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An Evil Cradling - Brian Keenan
The extract from Brian Keenan's book "An Evil Cradling" recounts his experience of being kidnapped and help hostage by terrorist in Beirut. The story is written as an autobiography and has therefore got an omniscient narrator. It is written very descriptively and with a lot of imagery present. Moreover, it is not written in chronological order to reflect on the random and wild behaviours that Keenan was having inside the cell.
The extract starts with "come now into the cell with me and stay here and feel if you can and if you will that time, whatever time it was, for however long, for time means nothing in this cell. Come, come in". The repetition of the word "come", makes us being dragged into the story by the author and start feeling the things that he felt at that time. Moreover, the polisindeton of the word "and" plots all the different things that we should do, as we are metaphorically in this cell. The tricolon of the noun "time" emphasises on how slow time went by and that Keenan always knew what happened at which time. As he utters that "time
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