Beasts of No Nation: A Novel (P.S.)
In this stunning debut novel, Agu, a young boy in an unnamed West African nation, is recruited into a unit of guerrilla fighters as civil war engulfs his country. Haunted by his father's own death at the hands of militants, Agu is vulnerable to the dangerous yet paternal nature of his new... show more
In this stunning debut novel, Agu, a young boy in an unnamed West African nation, is recruited into a unit of guerrilla fighters as civil war engulfs his country. Haunted by his father's own death at the hands of militants, Agu is vulnerable to the dangerous yet paternal nature of his new commander. While the war rages on, Agu becomes increasingly divorced from the life he had known before the conflict started—a life of school friends, church services, and time with his family still intact. In a powerful, strikingly original voice that vividly captures Agu's youth and confusion, Uzodinma Iweala has produced a harrowing, inventive, and deeply affecting novel.
Publish date: 2006-08-15
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 176
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, African Literature
Horrible. Not the book, but the situation of child soldiers, of any soldiers. God bless their lifes and souls.
I gave my review a serious titivation and posted it to my blog...but if you've never read this book, go straight to the bookstore and buy it. http://tinyurl.com/kncknpy Stories like this are too true to tell in non-fiction. Stories like this are too hard to read when they're merely factual. But ...
Men writing in the voice of a child are at a disadvantage because childhood is traditionally thought of as a woman's preserve. Iweala writes about a boy who is only nominally a child, though; one of the thousands of boys who are compelled to serve in the civil wars and rebellions of Africa's trouble...
Beasts of No Nation encapsulates, in narrator Agu’s voice, the mixture of formative development at the mercy of war with the already muddled journey to adulthood that has a boy comparing, still, all the women he meets to his mother. Unapologetically graphic, and clearly sympathetic, Iweala’s book i...
got this for free at the mla a few years back, never read it. want it?