Not long after Betancourt was taken hostage six years ago, I reviewed the then-new biography of the “beauty contestant-turned-social-activist.” The review appeared in The Globe and Mail and, later, in January Magazine. From my 2002 review:
Until Death Do Us Part is a compelling book. It reads, at times, like fiction. The well-bred girl making the perfect match and throwing it all aside in order, she feels, to save her country. A knowledge -- or even an interest -- in Colombian politics is not required. In simple -- and often quite lovely -- prose, the book is a true life political thriller, a deeply personal tale and -- at its core -- the story of a courageous woman making difficult choices.I’m so, so glad that our worst fears did not come true.
“Now that I’ve arrived at this point,” Betancourt writes in Until Death Do Us Part, “will they kill me too?” One hopes, having read her frank and generous book and considering her current perilous position, that they do not.