A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

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The first-person account of a 25-year-old who fought in the war in Sierra Leone as a 12-year-old boy. `My new friends have begun to suspect that 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 ...

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Joseph Larry H

Jul 18, 2013

Required school reading

This is a reguired reading for my daughter's high school honors English class this summer. She said it was a very good read.

Velma

Oct 3, 2007

Unforgettable

This truly unforgettable autobiography relates a lifestyle that only a few Americans could ever be familiar with. The courage and honesty of the author takes my breath away. An important story that everyone should read

nordicleather

Sep 20, 2007

10 out of 10 child in a warzone

This is one of the very best autobiographies I have every read. He was a child soldier in Sierra Leonne which was a warzone. How he got through it with the traits common to all survivors. This book is a profile in courage, bravery and mental strength and what it takes to endure. A must read for anyone who thinks they had it tough. There is always someone who had it tougher.

sd6161

Sep 12, 2007

Children at War

In a long way gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, Ishmael Beah brings forth an account of the violent and savage assult a war can shed, not only on a country, but on it's people and their children. His testimony as a child witness and participant to such an unspeakable tragedy is chilling and heart rendering; akin to those of Anne Frank and Elie Wiesel, both childhood lives greatly disturbed by war and greatly celebrated for the courageous ways inwhich they shared their experiences. This is a must read for all teens and adults.

GIRLCHRIS

Jun 20, 2007

Story of survival and humanity

I would recommend this book to teenagers and adults. It is a moving story of the author's boyhood. It shows what any of us are capable of doing in order to survive. Also, it helps us to understand that redemption is possible. We are not always what we do or, in the author's case, are forced to do. The author's basic human nature was able to rebound from his horrible experiences.

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