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A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier de [Beah, Ishmael]
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"This is a wrenching, beautiful, and mesmerizing tale. Beah's amazing saga provides a haunting lesson about how gentle folks can be capable of great brutalities as well goodness and courage. It will leave you breathless." --Walter Isaacson, author of "Benjamin Franklin: An American Life"

""A Long Way Gone" is one of the most important war stories of our generation. The arming of children is among the greatest evils of the modern world, and yet we know so little about it because the children themselves are swallowed up by the very wars they are forced to wage. Ishmael Beah has not only emerged intact from this chaos, he has become one of its most eloquent chroniclers. We ignore his message at our peril." --Sebastian Junger, author of "A Death in Belmont "and "A Perfect Storm
""This is a beautifully written book about a shocking war and the children who were forced to fight it. Ishmael Beah describes the unthinkable in calm, unforgettable language; his memoir is an important testament to the children elsewhere who continue to be conscripted into armies and militias." --Steve Coll, author of "Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001,"" "winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for general Nonfiction "This is a wrenching, beautiful, and mesmerizing tale. Beah's amazing saga provides a haunting lesson about how gentle folks can be capable of great brutalities as well goodness and courage. It will leave you breathless." --Walter Isaacson, author of "Benjamin Franklin: An American Life"

"Beah's memoir, "A Long Way Gone" (Farrar, Straus and -Giroux), is unforgettable testimony that Africa's children--millions of them dying and orphaned by preventable diseases, hundreds of thousands of them forced into battle--have eyes to see and voices to tell what has happened. And what voices! How is it possible that 26-year-old Beah, a nonnative English speaker, separated from his family at age 12, taught to maim and to kill at 13, can sound such notes of -family happiness, of friendship under duress, of quiet horror? No outsider could have written this book, and it's hard to imagine that many -insiders could do so with such acute vision, stark language, and tenderness. It is a heart-rending achievement." --Melissa Fay Greene, "Elle Magazine"
"Hideously effective in conveying the essential horror of his experiences."--"Kirkus Reviews""" "Extraordinary . . . A ferocious and desolate account of how ordinary children were turned into professional killers." -"The Guardian ""UK""" ""A Long Way Gone" is one of the most important war stories of our generation. The arming of children is among the greatest evils of the modern world, and yet we know so little about it because the children themselves are swallowed up by the very wars they are forced to wage. Ishmael Beah has not only emerged intact from this chaos, he has become one of its most eloquent chroniclers. We ignore his message at our peril." --Sebastian Junger, author of "A Death in Belmont "and "A Perfect Storm
""This is a beautifully written book about a shocking war and the children who were forced to fight it. Ishmael Beah describes the unthinkable in calm, unforgettable language; his memoir is an important testament tothe children elsewhere who continue to be conscripted into armies and militias." --Steve Coll, author of "Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001,"" "winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for general Nonfiction "This is a wrenching, beautiful, and mesmerizing tale. Beah's amazing saga provides a haunting lesson about how gentle folks can be capable of great brutalities as well goodness and courage. It will leave you breathless." --Walter Isaacson, author of "Benjamin Franklin: An American Life""" ""A Long Way Gone" hits you hard in the gut with Sierra Leone's unimaginable brutality and then it touches your soul with unexpected acts of kindness. Ishmael Beah's story tears your heart to pieces and then forces you to put it back together again, because if Beah can emerge from such horror with his humanity in tact, it's the least you can do."
--Jeannette Walls, author of "The Glass Castle: A Memoir"

" Beah' s memoir, "A Long Way Gone" (Farrar, Straus and - Giroux), is unforgettable testimony that Africa' s children-- millions of them dying and orphaned by preventable diseases, hundreds of thousands of them forced into battle-- have eyes to see and voices to tell what has happened. And what voices! How is it possible that 26-year-old Beah, a nonnative English speaker, separated from his family at age 12, taught to maim and to kill at 13, can sound such notes of - family happiness, of friendship under duress, of quiet horror? No outsider could have written this book, and it' s hard to imagine that many - insiders could do so with such acute vision, stark language, and tenderness. It is a heart-rending achievement." -- Melissa Fay Greene, "Elle Magazine"
" Hideously effective in conveying the essential horror of his experiences." -- "Kirkus Reviews""" " Extraordinary . . . A ferocious and desolate account of how ordinary children were turned into professional killers." - "The Guardian ""UK""" ""A Long Way Gone" is one of the most important war stories of our generation. The arming of children is among the greatest evils of the modern world, and yet we know so little about it because the children themselves are swallowed up by the very wars they are forced to wage. Ishmael Beah has not only emerged intact from this chaos, he has become one of its most eloquent chroniclers. We ignore his message at our peril." -- Sebastian Junger, author of "A Death in Belmont "and "A Perfect Storm
""This is a beautifully written book about a shocking war and the children who wereforced to fight it. Ishmael Beah describes the unthinkable in calm, unforgettable language; his memoir is an important testament to the children elsewhere who continue to be conscripted into armies and militias." -- Steve Coll, author of "Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001,"" "winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for general Nonfiction "This is a wrenching, beautiful, and mesmerizing tale. Beah's amazing saga provides a haunting lesson about how gentle folks can be capable of great brutalities as well goodness and courage. It will leave you breathless." -- Walter Isaacson, author of "Benjamin Franklin: An American Life""" " "A Long Way Gone" hits you hard in the gut with Sierra Leone' s unimaginable brutality and then it touches your soul with unexpected acts of kindness. Ishmael Beah' s story tears your heart to pieces and then forces you to put it back together again, because if Beah can emerge from such horror with his humanity in tact, it' s the least you can do."
-- Jeannette Walls, author of "The Glass Castle: A Memoir"

"Time Magazine "
"A breathtaking and unselfpitying account of how a gentle spirit survives a childhood from which all innocence has suddenly been sucked out. It's a truly riveting memoir." ""
" "
"Newsweek.com"
"Beah is a gifted writer. . . Read his memoir and you will be haunted . . . It's a high price to pay, but it's worth it."
"People Magazine"
"Deeply moving, even uplifting...Beah's story, with its clear-eyed reporting and literate particularity--whether he's dancing to rap, eating a coconut or running toward the burning village where his family is trapped--demands to be read." (Critic's Choice, Four stars) "Elle Magazine""Beah's memoir, "A Long Way Gone" (Farrar, Straus and -Giroux), is unforgettable testimony that Africa's children--millions of them dying and orphaned by preventable diseases, hundreds of thousands of them forced into battle--have eyes to see and voices to tell what has happened. And what voices! How is it possible that 26-year-old Beah, a nonnative English speaker, separated from his family at age 12, taught to maim and to kill at 13, can sound such notes of -family happiness, of friendship under duress, of quiet horror? No outsider could have written this book, and it's hard to imagine that many -insiders could do so with such acute vision, stark language, and tenderness. It is a heart-rending achievement." --Melissa Fay Greene
"Christian Science Monitor"
"When Beah is finally approached about the possibility of serving as a spokesperson on the issue of child soldiers, he knows exactly what he wants to tell the world: "I would always tell people that I believe children have the resilience to outlive their sufferings, if given achance."
Others may make the same assertions, but Beah has the advantage of stating them in the first person. That makes "A Long Way Gone" all the more gripping."
" "
"Minneapolis"" Star Tribune "
"In place of a text that has every right to be a diatribe against Sierra Leone, globalization or even himself, Beah has produced a book of such self-effacing humanity that refugees, political fronts and even death squads resolve themselves back into the faces of mothers, fathers and siblings. "A Long Way Gone" transports us into the lives of thousands of children whose lives have been altered by war, and it does so with a genuine and disarmingly emotional force."
"Philadelphia"" Inquirer"
"What Beah saw and did during Ýthe war¨ has haunted him ever since, and if you read his stunning and unflinching memoir, you'll be haunted, too . . . It would have been enough if Ishmael Beah had merely survived the horrors described in "A Long Way Gone." That he has written this unforgettable firsthand account of his odyssey is harder still to grasp. Those seeking to understand the human consequences of war, its brutal and brutalizing costs, would be wise to reflect on Ishmael Beah's story."""
"The Wall Street Journal"
"Beah speaks in a distinctive voice, and he tells an important story."
"Elle Magazine""Beah's memoir, "A Long Way Gone" (Farrar, Straus and -Giroux), is unforgettable testimony that Africa's children--millions of them dying and orphaned by preventable diseases, hundreds of thousands of them forced into battle--have eyes to see and voices to tell what has happened. And what voices! How is it possible that 26-year-old Beah, a nonnative English speaker, separatedfrom his family at age 12, taught to maim and to kill at 13, can sound such notes of -family happiness, of friendship under duress, of quiet horror? No outsider could have written this book, and it's hard to imagine that many -insiders could do so with such acute vision, stark language, and tenderness. It is a heart-rending achievement." --Melissa Fay Greene
"Hideously effective in conveying the essential horror of his experiences."--"Kirkus Reviews""" "Extraordinary . . . A ferocious and desolate account of how ordinary children were turned into professional killers." -"The Guardian ""UK""" ""A Long Way Gone" is one of the most important war stories of our generation. The arming of children is among the greatest evils of the modern world, and yet we know so little about it because the children themselves are swallowed up by the very wars they are forced to wage. Ishmael Beah has not only emerged intact from this chaos, he has become one of its most eloquent chroniclers. We ignore his message at our peril." --Sebastian Junger, author of "A Death in Belmont "and "A Perfect Storm
""This is a beautifully written book about a shocking war and the children who were forced to fight it. Ishmael Beah describes the unthinkable in calm, unforgettable language; his memoir is an important testament to the children elsewhere who continue to be conscripted into armies and militias." --Steve Coll, author of "Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001,"" "winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for general Nonfiction "This is a wrenching, beautiful, and mesmerizing tale. Beah's amazing saga provides a haunting lesson about howgentle folks can be capable of great brutalities as well goodness and courage. It will leave you breathless." --Walter Isaacson, author of "Benjamin Franklin: An American Life""" ""A Long Way Gone" hits you hard in the gut with Sierra Leone's unimaginable brutality and then it touches your soul with unexpected acts of kindness. Ishmael Beah's story tears your heart to pieces and then forces you to put it back together again, because if Beah can emerge from such horror with his humanity in tact, it's the least you can do."
--Jeannette Walls, author of "The Glass Castle: A Memoir"

"Washington Post
"" Everyone in the world should read this book. Not just because it contains an amazing story, or because it' s our moral, bleeding-heart duty, or because it' s clearly written. We should read it to learn about the world and about what it means to be human." "Time Magazine "
" A breathtaking and unselfpitying account of how a gentle spirit survives a childhood from which all innocence has suddenly been sucked out. It's a truly riveting memoir." ""
" "
"Newsweek.com"
" Beah is a gifted writer. . . Read his memoir and you will be haunted . . . It' s a high price to pay, but it' s worth it."
"People Magazine"
" Deeply moving, even uplifting... Beah's story, with its clear-eyed reporting and literate particularity-- whether he's dancing to rap, eating a coconut or running toward the burning village where his family is trapped-- demands to be read." (Critic' s Choice, Four stars) "Elle Magazine"" Beah' s memoir, "A Long Way Gone" (Farrar, Straus and - Giroux), is unforgettable testimony that Africa' s children-- millions of them dying and orphaned by preventable diseases, hundreds of thousands of them forced into battle-- have eyes to see and voices to tell what has happened. And what voices! How is it possible that 26-year-old Beah, a nonnative English speaker, separated from his family at age 12, taught to maim and to kill at 13, can sound such notes of - family happiness, of friendship under duress, of quiet horror? No outsider could have written this book, and it' s hard to imagine that many- insiders could do so with such acute vision, stark language, and tenderness. It is a heart-rending achievement." -- Melissa Fay Greene
"Christian Science Monitor"
" When Beah is finally approached about the possibility of serving as a spokesperson on the issue of child soldiers, he knows exactly what he wants to tell the world: " I would always tell people that I believe children have the resilience to outlive their sufferings, if given a chance."
Others may make the same assertions, but Beah has the advantage of stating them in the first person. That makes "A Long Way Gone" all the more gripping."
" "
"Minneapolis"" Star Tribune "
" In place of a text that has every right to be a diatribe against Sierra Leone, globalization or even himself, Beah has produced a book of such self-effacing humanity that refugees, political fronts and even death squads resolve themselves back into the faces of mothers, fathers and siblings. "A Long Way Gone" transports us into the lives of thousands of children whose lives have been altered by war, and it does so with a genuine and disarmingly emotional force."
"Philadelphia"" Inquirer"
" What Beah saw and did during [the war] has haunted him ever since, and if you read his stunning and unflinching memoir, you'll be haunted, too . . . It would have been enough if Ishmael Beah had merely survived the horrors described in "A Long Way Gone," That he has written this unforgettable firsthand account of his odyssey is harder still to grasp. Those seeking to understand the human consequences of war, its brutal and brutalizing costs, would be wise toreflect on Ishmael Beah's story." ""
"The Wall Street Journal"
" Beah speaks in a distinctive voice, and he tells an important story."
"Kirkus Reviews"" Hideously effective in conveying the essential horror of his experiences." """ "The Guardian UK""" Extraordinary . . . A ferocious and desolate account of how ordinary children were turned into professional killers." "" ""A Long Way Gone" is one of the most important war stories of our generation. The arming of children is among the greatest evils of the modern world, and yet we know so little about it because the children themselves are swallowed up by the very wars they are forced to wage. Ishmael Beah has not only emerged intact from this chaos, he has become one of its most eloquent chroniclers. We ignore his message at our peril." -- Sebastian Junger, author of "A Death in Belmont "and "A Perfect Storm
""This is a beautifully written book about a shocking war and the children who were forced to fight it. Ishmael Beah describes the unthinkable in calm, unforgettable language; his memoir is an important testament to the children elsewhere who continue to be conscripted into armies and militias." -- Steve Coll, author of "Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001,"" "winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for general Nonfiction "This is a wrenching, beautiful, and mesmerizing tale. Beah's amazing saga provides a haunting lesson about how gentle folks can be capable of great brutalities as well goodness and courage. It will leave you breathless."-- Walter Isaacson, author of "Benjamin Franklin: An American Life""" " "A Long Way Gone" hits you hard in the gut with Sierra Leone' s unimaginable brutality and then it touches your soul with unexpected acts of kindness. Ishmael Beah' s story tears your heart to pieces and then forces you to put it back together again, because if Beah can emerge from such horror with his humanity in tact, it' s the least you can do."
-- Jeannette Walls, author of "The Glass Castle: A Memoir"

"Everyone in the world should read this book. Not just because it contains an amazing story, or because it's our moral, bleeding-heart duty, or because it's clearly written. We should read it to learn about the world and about what it means to be human." --"Washington Post" "A breathtaking and unselfpitying account of how a gentle spirit survives a childhood from which all innocence has suddenly been sucked out. It's a truly riveting memoir." --"Time "" "
" "
"Beah is a gifted writer. . . Read his memoir and you will be haunted . . . It's a high price to pay, but it's worth it." --"Newsweek.com"
"Deeply moving, even uplifting...Beah's story, with its clear-eyed reporting and literate particularity--whether he's dancing to rap, eating a coconut or running toward the burning village where his family is trapped--demands to be read." --"People "(Critic's Choice, Four stars) "Beah's memoir, "A Long Way Gone" (Farrar, Straus and -Giroux), is unforgettable testimony that Africa's children--millions of them dying and orphaned by preventable diseases, hundreds of thousands of them forced into battle--have eyes to see and voices to tell what has happened. And what voices! How is it possible that 26-year-old Beah, a nonnative English speaker, separated from his family at age 12, taught to maim and to kill at 13, can sound such notes of -family happiness, of friendship under duress, of quiet horror? No outsider could have written this book, and it's hard to imagine that many -insiders could do so with such acute vision, stark language, and tenderness. It is a heart-rending achievement." --Melissa Fay Greene, "Elle"
"When Beah is finally approached about the possibility of serving as aspokesperson on the issue of child soldiers, he knows exactly what he wants to tell the world: "I would always tell people that I believe children have the resilience to outlive their sufferings, if given a chance."
Others may make the same assertions, but Beah has the advantage of stating them in the first person. That makes "A Long Way Gone" all the more gripping." --"Christian Science Monitor"
" "
"In place of a text that has every right to be a diatribe against Sierra Leone, globalization or even himself, Beah has produced a book of such self-effacing humanity that refugees, political fronts and even death squads resolve themselves back into the faces of mothers, fathers and siblings. "A Long Way Gone" transports us into the lives of thousands of children whose lives have been altered by war, and it does so with a genuine and disarmingly emotional force." --"Minneapolis Star-Tribune"
"What Beah saw and did during [the war] has haunted him ever since, and if you read his stunning and unflinching memoir, you'll be haunted, too . . . It would have been enough if Ishmael Beah had merely survived the horrors described in "A Long Way Gone," That he has written this unforgettable firsthand account of his odyssey is harder still to grasp. Those seeking to understand the human consequences of war, its brutal and brutalizing costs, would be wise to reflect on Ishmael Beah's story." --"Philadelphia Inquirer"

"Beah speaks in a distinctive voice, and he tells an important story." --"The Wall Street Journal" "" "Hideously effective in conveying the essential horror of his experiences." --"Kirkus Reviews"""" ""Extraordinary . . . A ferocious and desolate account of how ordinarychildren were turned into professional killers." --The Guardian UK"" ""A Long Way Gone" is one of the most important war stories of our generation. The arming of children is among the greatest evils of the modern world, and yet we know so little about it because the children themselves are swallowed up by the very wars they are forced to wage. Ishmael Beah has not only emerged intact from this chaos, he has become one of its most eloquent chroniclers. We ignore his message at our peril." --Sebastian Junger, author of "A Death in Belmont "and "A Perfect Storm
""This is a beautifully written book about a shocking war and the children who were forced to fight it. Ishmael Beah describes the unthinkable in calm, unforgettable language; his memoir is an important testament to the children elsewhere who continue to be conscripted into armies and militias." --Steve Coll, author of "Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001,"" "winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for general Nonfiction "This is a wrenching, beautiful, and mesmerizing tale. Beah's amazing saga provides a haunting lesson about how gentle folks can be capable of great brutalities as well goodness and courage. It will leave you breathless." --Walter Isaacson, author of "Benjamin Franklin: An American Life""" ""A Long Way Gone" hits you hard in the gut with Sierra Leone's unimaginable brutality and then it touches your soul with unexpected acts of kindness. Ishmael Beah's story tears your heart to pieces and then forces you to put it back together again, because if Beah can emerge from such horror with his humanity in tact, it's the least you can do."--Jeannette Walls, author of "The Glass Castle: A Memoir"

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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 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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  • Editor: Sarah Crichton Books; Edición: 1st (1 de abril de 2007)
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I couldn't stop reading and was nervoous even if I knew that the author survived to write a book.
Some parts are a little slow but otherwise I devoured the book.
It gave me a new and more real view on the topic and I highly recommend it.
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It has been very moving to read the story of this soldier boy. It has been captivating from beginning to end and I truly recommend this book.
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os recomiendo mucho esta lectura! si es para aprender inglés es fácil de leer! al principio cuesta, cuando sigues leyendo es facil de seguir
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Boys And Their Deadly Toys 16 de octubre de 2015
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The trials and tribulations endured by young Mr. Beah are beyond most of our nightmares. Just give teenagers a copy of 'A Long Way Gone' the next time they complain about not having the latest electronic doodad. Heck, also give the memoir to any adult griping about such "ordeals" as rush-hour traffic, their fast food order not coming fast enough, or that their favorite tv show has been preempted. This is not a happy book by any means measured. It is devoid of humor and, despite knowing Mr. Beah survives and relocates out of the African hellhole known as Sierra Leone, the memoir was a tense, depressing read.

'A Long Way Gone' is a world of civil war barbarism. Mr. Beah's memoir focuses on his experiences and avoids explaining other horrible dynamics such as the roles of politics, arms dealers, and the drug trade. Sierra Leone seems to be a mixture of severe rural backwardness and a few small pockets of quasi-urban progressiveness. The whole country, however, is a house of cards and eventually collapses into widespread chaos. The fact that the author survives is next to a miracle.

Mr. Beah's delivers his story in a matter-of-fact recitation without any flowery prose. It was the most disturbing aspect of 'A Long Way Gone'. His descriptions of boy soldiers and villagers of all ages being butchered is described with as much emotion as buttering a piece of toast. I can't imagine the countless psychological scars the guy must be carrying around inside that head of his. It is an important book that would do a world of good for people who glorify war or bitch about superficial nonsense. After reading 'A Long Way Gone', even Darth Vader would think many earthlings have gone overboard with embracing the Dark Side.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah 10 de julio de 2017
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A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
by Ishmael Beah

Rating: ***** (5 Stars)
Book Length: 229 pages
Genre: Memoir, War, Nonfiction, African Nonfiction

Imagine your entire world changing one day while you are going about an innocent childhood day. That is what happened to Ishmael Beah. One day he was working on a rap group with his friends. The next he was struggling to survive.

The story is one that everyone should hear.

Unfortunately, Ishmael's story is not unique. What is unique is his gift to share that experience with the rest of the world. He is clearly a highly intelligent and communicative young man. This was realized long before the book was released when he was chosen to represent his country at the United Nations. That experience gave him a way to get out of his country. Yet, how many children were left behind?

Once you read this book it will become a part of you. It is due to the topic, children as young a six picking up a gun to defend their country is not something that will leave your mind. Yet, it is also due to Ishmael Beah's gift with words.

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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas A long way gone by Ishmael Beah was a fantastic novel and I now understand why it's on the ... 9 de septiembre de 2016
Por Madagascar - Publicado en Amazon.com
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A long way gone by Ishmael Beah was a fantastic novel and I now understand why it's on the best seller list. This book is for those who don't mind a gory, detailed, but beautifully told fiction story told in first person. The action in the book was graphic and gave the reader a clear picture of what was going on. The language and the read itself was easy but, I would not recommend this book to those who are under the age of fourteen-fifteen years of age. There isn't anything I would criticize harshly, maybe I am biased, but Ishmael had a story to tell and he told it well. The book flowed smoothly and I never got bored or too anxious to know what was next because it had already happened. I've only ever heard about these wars and never read about them before. Reading this book has changed my perspective on life completely for the better. Becoming more aware and actually being able to read about first hand child soldier really opens ones eyes. I'm very fortunate to live the life I do and sometimes I forget that. This book will open one's eyes on what was and still is happening today in Africa and maybe it will inspire one to do something about it.
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Heart-breaking 11 de abril de 2017
Por Lisa J. Lickel - Publicado en Amazon.com
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I can't absolutely love a story like this. Heart-breaking, horrifying. I commend Beah with sharing his life in a way that challenges but isn't unnecessarily gruesome. The depths of evil...for what? The problem with mindless greed is that there is no goal, only lust, no victory, no need to better oneself, no ability to appreciate or even realize when the terrifying game is over. Instilling a desire to hurt others for immediate gratification makes us less than human. Crawling out of the pit and shining a light on evil makes Beah better than heroic.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Human Faces to Boy Soldiers 10 de abril de 2017
Por JoyfulLittleRiver - Publicado en Amazon.com
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"A Long Way Gone" is actually the second book by Ishmael Beah that I have had the pleasure of reading. I initially fell upon his book "Radiance of Tomorrow" at the beginning of my book journey, and it definitely helped to set the tone in regards to my book choices.

Like many things in the news, boy soldiers was something I heard and read about, but it was such an abstract concept to me. It didn't sound real, it didn't sound possible. Furthermore, I lacked the necessary background knowledge on the context of these conflicts that were creating these boy soldiers.

It is a privilege to have been able to sit back and just hear about children being trained to be soldiers by not only rebel groups but the governing bodies of countries. It is a privilege to have been almost totally unaware and uneducated on the plight of people in countries like Sierra Leone. It is a privilege that I try to be aware of and recognize, and books like "A Long Way Gone" and "Radiance of Tomorrow" are instrumental in checking my privilege.

Through "A Long Way Gone", Ishmael Beah takes boy soldiers out of the abstract and into the realm of reality, giving the term "boy solider" the human faces that have been wiped by such an umbrella term.

There was a bit of controversy regarding this book, primarily because people were skeptical to the actuality of this story. "A Long Way Gone" is intended to be a memoir of Ishmael Beah's own journey as a child soldier, and there were supposedly conflicts in the timeline. However, regardless of whether or not this story was the true experience of Ishmael Beah, it cannot be denied that he shares with the world a story that must be exposed and shared. He also raises many ethical questions in regards to child soldiers and how they are dehumanized.

Ishmael takes you through the full scope of what being a child soldier entails, including the aftermath. More specifically the rehabilitation that is required and the re-entry into mainstream society.

A lot like "The Memory of Lost Skin", this book challenged my perceptions of criminality and rehabilitation. With child soldiers, society condemns them and takes away their status as children because of the atrocities they are brainwashed to commit. Nevertheless, at the end of the day these children are STILL children, and if we are to ensure that they do not continue on a violent life course, we need to believe they can be rehabilitated and take the necessary measures to do so. The human brain is most plastic at younger ages, so making efforts to rehabilitate children will help to mitigate the creation of a whole generation of adults that perpetuate violence due to the residual effects of these conflicts.

This is definitely not an easy read, particularly when you realize these are real events that have occurred to thousands of boys in Sierra Leone and other countries. However, if you want to understand what it means to be a boy solider, this would be a good place to start. A good read to accompany "A Long Way Gone" is "What is the What" by Dave Eggers. Compliments well the story of "A Long Way Gone", and gives a differing perspective, i.e. what happens if you are "fortunate" enough to escape being taken as a child solider. Keep in mind "What is the What" covers an entirely different topic (The Lost Boys of Sudan), but it is essential in helping one realize that all these things are connected and not just isolated events.
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