Book 12 of Year 2017 – “​You will not have my hate” by Antoine Leiris

Official Title – You Will Not Have My Hate

Genre – Non-Fiction

Book Length – 144 Pages (Hardcover)

Reading Time – 3 hours

Style/ Plot –  Antoine writes about his experience losing his wife, Hélène, during the terrorist attack at the Bataclan Theater in Paris.

As you read this book, you can almost feel the rawness of his grief and stark reality he has to face – losing his wife in such tragic circumstance and raising his son alone. I almost feel guilty reading this book because it seems I am reading the diary of a hurting man detailing his inner most thoughts, griefs and anguish.

He writes about the range of emotions he goes through during his initial period of mourning up until she is buried.

He picks himself up at some point and resolves not to let the terrorists have the best of him. He refuses to react with hate but decides to remember great times spent with his wife.

Favourite Quote – “No one can be healed of death. All they can do is tame it. Death is a wild animal, sharp-fanged. I am just trying to build a cage to keep it locked in. It is there, beside me, drooling as it waits to devour me. The bars of the cage that protect me are made of paper.”

Recommendation – If you want an account of the 2016 terrorist attack in France, this books tells it from a personal point of view. As you can imagine, the narrative is a bit disjointed as he writes the events from his point of view…just like you will if you were journaling about something so personal.

Rating – 3/5


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