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A Long Way Gone Memoirs of a Boy Soldier (Paperback)

Author:  Ishmael Beah
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0374531269
ISBN-13: 9780374531263
Sku: 205771125
Publish Date: 8/5/2008
Pages:  229
Age Range:  NA
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In a heart-wrenching, candid autobiography, a human rights activist offers a firsthand account of war from the perspective of a former child soldier, detailing the violent civil war that wracked his native Sierra Leone and the government forces that transformed a gentle young boy into a killer as a member of the army. Reprint. *Author: Beah, Ishmael *Subtitle: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier *Publication Date: 2008/08/05 *Number of Pages: 229 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.75 *Height: 8.25
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In a heart-wrenching, candid autobiography, a human rights activist offers a firsthand account of war from the perspective of a former child soldier, detailing the violent civil war that wracked his native Sierra Leone and the government forces that transformed a gentle young boy into a killer as a member of the army. Reprint.
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.”
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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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Along with millions of others in Sierra Leone, Ishmael Beah found his life torn from its mooring by the cataclysmic events of the 1991 civil war. He was 12 years old when he lost his family and became a wandering refugee, and by 15 he had joined the thousands of child soldiers waging war across the devastated nation. Though he grew up surrounded by atrocity, violence, and chaos, Beah somehow managed, with the help of a UNICEF-sponsored organization, to leave his soldier life behind, and eventually fled the country to America. Ishmael Beah's vivid, brilliant, and harrowing account is a gripping testament to the nature of life in a country where the foundation of civilization has crumbled and the concept of childhood has tragically disappeared.

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"It is a vision of hell that Beah gives us, one worthy of Hieronymus Bosch, but as though depicted in primary colors by a naïve artist....A LONG WAY GONE makes you wonder how anyone comes through such unrelenting ghastliness and horror with his humanity and sanity intact." - William Boyd 02/25/2007

"[A LONG WAY GONE] goes beyond even the best journalistic effort in revealing the life and mind of a child abducted into the horrors of warfare....Told in clear, accessible language by a young writer with a gifted literary voice, this memoir seems destined to become a classic." (starred review) 12/18/2006

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