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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".
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.
|Publisher:||Farrar, Straus & Giroux|
|Publish Date:||Aug 05, 2008|
|Number of Pages:||240|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.5|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||8.2 x 5.9 x 0.7|
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