A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

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A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
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Hardcover, Farrar Straus Giroux, 2007, ISBN# 0374105235

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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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Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publish Date: Feb 13, 2007
ISBN-13: 9780374105235
ISBN-10: 0374105235
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 240
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.8
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 8.6 x 5.9 x 0.9
Walmart No.: 374105235
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5.0 stars by golfergrl

You dont know how good you really have it untill you read this book. It's an eye opening, never want to put it down, make you cry and laugh the whole way though kind of book.

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4.0 stars by WifeAndMotherOfThree

Required college reading. This book was assigned to all entering students by my daughter's school. One of its purposes is to encourage friendships through discussion of a common subject; an "ice-breaker" so to speak. Of course it was chosen for its literary and subject content as well. My daughter is only about half way through, but she finds it interesting thus far and at this point would recommend it to others. It is a thought-provoking view of war through the eyes of a child.

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