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A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier - Ishmael Beah
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
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My new friends have begun to suspect I haven't told them the full story of my life."Why did you leave Sierra Leone?""Because there is a war.""You mean, you saw people running around with guns and shooting each other?""Yes, all the time.""Cool."I smile a little."You should tell us about it... show more
My new friends have begun to suspect I haven't told them the full story of my life."Why did you leave Sierra Leone?""Because there is a war.""You mean, you saw people running around with guns and shooting each other?""Yes, all the time.""Cool."I smile a little."You should tell us about it sometime.""Yes, sometime."This is how wars are fought now: by children, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. Children have become soldiers of choice. In the more than fifty conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them.What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? How does one become a killer? How does one stop? Child soldiers have been profiled by journalists, and novelists have struggled to imagine their lives. But until now, there has not been a first-person account from someone who came through this hell and survived.In A Long Way Gone, Beah, now twenty-five years old, tells a riveting story: how at the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he'd been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts. This is a rare and mesmerizing account, told with real literary force and heartbreaking honesty.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780374105235 (0374105235)
ASIN: 374105235
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
Pages no: 229
Edition language: English
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Cu's Reviews
Cu's Reviews rated it
I remember being young when I first heard about the war in Sierra Leone.. it wasn't long after we had finished discussing the start of the Gulf War "Current Events" class. (long before the war actually started in '98). These wars always perplex me, because it's never truly known why they happen. The...
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amrhosny54943 rated it
4.0 الطريق الطويل: مذكرات صبي مجند
قصة مؤلمة جدا...لم اقرأ عن السيراليون قبل ذلك...اتفرجت علي فيلم Blood diamondوشوفت ازاي المتمردين بيجندوا الاطفال ويتم تحويل طفل برئ يخاف كل شئ الي قاتل محترفوايضا فيلم Lord of warالذي اوضح ان تجارة السلاح تساهم او السبب الرئيسي وراء تلك المذابح التي تتم في افريقيا..فذلك الكتاب يحكيقصة حياة اشمائيل ...
Not Quite Home
Not Quite Home rated it
3.5 A Long Way Gone
Despite some apparent controversy over whether Beah got his facts entirely accurate or not (for example, whether a particular attack took place in 1993 or 1995), I still have to say I found this to be a gripping, worthy read. It's graphic, no doubt, and despite my many forays into books about genoci...
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2.0 A Long Way Gone
afr-sierra-leone, autobiography-memoir, nonfiction, summer-2012, tbr-busting-2012, fraudio, war, african-continent, published-2007 Read from August 01 to 03, 2012 Not knowing a thing about this country I went searching...From wiki: In 1462, in what is now Sierra Leone was visited by the Portugues...
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4.0 A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
My colleague happened to be cleaning his cupboard when he found this book he bought when traveling abroad to keep away boredom. Not an avid reader, he couldn't get through the first few pages and gave it to me, in the hope that I would try and make something off it. I must admit, I was in an almost ...
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