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That makes A Long Way Gone all the more gripping.” “A Long Way Gone is one of the most important war stories of our generation Ishmael. My new friends have begun to suspect I haven't told them the full story of my life. In the more than fifty conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some , child soldiers. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Starred Review. This absorbing account by a A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by [Beah, Ishmael].
My new friends have begun to suspect I haven't told them the full story of my life. Children have become soldiers of choice. In the more than fifty conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some , 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?
New York: First pbk. This is how wars are fought now: Children have become soldiers of choice. In the more than fifty conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some , child soldiers.
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. Ishmael Beah, now 25 years old, tells 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. Read more Show all links. Allow this favorite library to be seen by others Keep this favorite library private.
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Beah's time in the army was the shortest part of this book. For him, emotionally and psychologically, it's completely understandable--even if he wanted to unlikely he probably can't--because of the drugs and trauma--even remember.
It's a terrible thing, but this book needed him to. The book ended abruptly with a major piece of the story left hanging -- I guess I can't tell you what.
So often, books - especially memoirs - inherently have a built-in problem with the end. We always know the end -- at least in broad strokes, but you still have to take us there, and take us to a point that it makes sense to stop even though obviously, if you're writing it, the story didn't stop.
In this case, Beah stopped about two crucial plot points before he should have. What was most effective for me was the rehabilitation section of the story.
This is where Beah's detached, almost fugue-like point-of-view seemed to work so well. It's also where his memories of what he experienced were set up in stark relief to the difficulty of his recovery -- that contrast, and the level of detail that then emerged, made for compelling reading.
In fact, I'm upping from 2 to 3 stars solely based on the redemption the rehabilitation segment offers the story. It made up - to some extent - for flaws 1 and 2. Maybe the entire story should have been set during the rehabilitation period, with flash forwards and flashbacks?
Because of some work I am doing right now for an organization working in the field of international development and poverty reduction, I am particularly interested in how to tell these kinds of stories: how do you avoid exploitation while retaining the emotional power of the story to motivate readers to empathy and action? What form works?