I found that Angelina has found her calling. Her personal commitment to oppressed people is very refreshing. I hope she continues to fight for the human rights of refugees. I liked this book and read it in one day.
I found this to be inspiring and fascinating - not because it was written by Jolie, but rather due to her descriptions of the places and people she visited and the experiences she had. I really makes you think about how good your own life really is! As well as learning a lot, I gained a respect for Ms Jolie and all others that do UNHCR work.
Although she is not the best writer, Ms. Jolie does manage to detail the situation of displaced people in Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Pakistan, Cambodia, and Ecuador fairly clearly. Her emotions echo so many of us, as she uncovers stories of struggle, survival and courage. It is clearly a life changing experience for her which she muses on frequently throughout the journal. This book will satisfy readers interested in both Angelina Jolie and the programs for refugee relief directed by the United Nations.
Very interesting. She writes from the heart. It opened my eyes to the true refugee problems.
Angelina Jolie's 'Notes From My Travels' isn't about her vacations! It tells about trips to the refuge camps in Cambodia, Ecuador, Sierra Leone, Tanzania & Pakistan. I found it a real eye-opener. Some readers picked at it as she is not a smooth or sophisticated writer. It's pretty much her journal and on one page she'll tell you how much the heat and flies bothered her, another how she got acquainted with UN workers, and another how horrible some refuge child's scars & wounds were. It feels like you're there with a friend and I highly recommend it. Not the kind of book you exactly 'enjoy' but you understand how personal her project of helping refuges has become to her. I particularly liked the way she noted how people in these camps retain their humanity and treat one another with respect for the most part though living in conditions we would consider unbearable.