A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

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"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."
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.

Title : A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
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ISBN : 0374105235
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 229 pages


Chris rated it ★★★★★

February 09, 2008

I will never. Never. Complain about my childhood again. Okay, that's not true. I will. But when I let out a sad sigh of remorse that I didn't figure out exactly why I really wanted to be friends with that one guy in band in high school until it was way too late to do anything about it, I will at l...

Jennifer (aka EM) rated it ★★★☆☆

November 27, 2010

I'm sorry, I'm so very sorry for what I am about to do. It seems unbelievably curmudgeonly of me to judge this book harshly given its subject matter. But I can't let the deep empathy I feel for this former Sierra Leonean child soldier cloud my judgement of his memoir. I give him five stars - more...

Elyse rated it ★★★★★

November 05, 2015

I read this book in 2007 when this book was first released. It was a year when local High School kids in our area were assigned to read this book. Then later in the year --Ishmael came to speak at our local state University to a room of more than 1,000 people. It was a powerful night! Ismael Beach...

Whitney rated it ★★★★☆

May 26, 2017

4.5 Stars TW: Violence/gore, rape, drug abuse This book reminded me of Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys, not because their subject matter is anything alike, but because I had the same reaction to both books. Throughout the duration of the book it was very impactful and heavy, and I may have s...

Praj rated it ★★★★☆

September 10, 2013

Dear Ms. Naomi Campbell, I have always been an ardent aficionado of your work; from your heydays sashaying the YSL runaways along with Linda Evangelista to crooning in George Michael’s Freedom video. Your numerous sexual trysts with celebrated oligarchs and other questionable chaps were highly fas...

Amr rated it ★★★★☆

January 24, 2018

قصة مؤلمة جدا...لم اقرأ عن السيراليون قبل ذلك... اتفرجت علي فيلم Blood diamond وشوفت ازاي المتمردين بيجندوا الاطفال ويتم تحويل طفل برئ يخاف كل شئ الي قاتل محترف وايضا فيلم Lord of war الذي اوضح ان تجارة السلاح تساهم او السبب الرئيسي وراء تلك المذابح التي تتم في افريقيا.. فذلك الكتاب يحكي قصة حياة اشمائ...

Nandakishore rated it ★★★★☆

November 08, 2015

This is a very important book, though not an easy one to read. Ishmael's style leaves a lot to be desired, and he is especially weak, I feel, when he tries to be philosophical. But he makes up for that with the descriptions of war, to the depravity which human beings can descend to. The fact that...

Muhammed rated it ★★★★★

March 07, 2014

كتاب جميل جدا و ذكريات صعبة جدا جدا جدا و عمل إنساني فوق الوصف أنا فعلا مش متخيل ازاي ممكن إنسان يمر بكل الأحداث دي و يفضل على إنسانيته و كمان متخيل كمية الألم و هوه ماسك القلم و بيفتكر اللي مر بيه و يعيشه من تاني و يكتبه ازاي الصراع من أجل البقاء ممكن يحولك لحيوان ضاري مفترس, و إزاي ينسيك آدميتك, واز...

steven rated it ★☆☆☆☆

February 02, 2008

The review for this one is a toss-up between one and five stars. It was an amazing story of how a twelve-year-old boy survived the armed conflicts in Sierra Leone in the 1990s. It's well-written, provides vivid imagery, and evokes the horrors of war. The one star is because of the vivid imagery. L...

Ahmad rated it ★★★★☆

June 04, 2017

A Long Way Gone. Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, Ishmael Beah تاریخ نخستین خوانش: نوزدهم فوریه سال 2016 میلادی عنوان: راهی طولانی که رفتم، خاطرات یک کودک سرباز؛ نویسنده: اسماعیل بئا (به آ)؛ مترجم: مژگان رنجبر؛ تهران، کوله پشتی، 1394؛ در 240 ص؛ شابک: 9786007642412؛ چاپ دوم 1395؛ شاید رقمی بالغ بر سیصدهزار...

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