A Long Way Gone

[ Reading ] ➽ A Long Way Gone  Author Ishmael Beah – Johndore.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 229 pages
  • A Long Way Gone
  • Ishmael Beah
  • English
  • 09 August 2019
  • 0374105235

About the Author: Ishmael Beah

Ishmael Beah was born in Sierra Leone in 1980 He moved to the United States in 1998 and finished his last two years of high school at the United Nations International School in New York In 2004 he graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A in political science He is a member of the Human Rights Watch Children s Rights Division Advisory Committee and has spoken before the United Nations, the Cou Ishmael Beah was born in Sierra Leone in 1980 He moved to the United States in 1998 and finished his last two years of high school at the United Nations International School in New York In 2004 he graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A in political science He is a member of the Human Rights Watch Children s Rights Division Advisory Committee and has spoken before the United Nations, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities CETO at the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, and many other NGO panels on children affected by the war His work has appeared in VespertinePress and LIT magazine He lives in New York City.http us.macmillan.com author ishmae


A Long Way Gone The Devastating Story Of War Through The Eyes Of A Child Soldier Beah 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 Became A Soldier.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 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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10 thoughts on “A Long Way Gone

  1. Chris says:

    I will never Never Complain about my childhood again.Okay, that s not true I will But when I let out a sad sigh of remorse that I didn t figure out exactly why I really wanted to be friends with that one guy in band in high school until it was way too late to do anything about it, I will at least think, At least I wasn t killing people and snorting gunpowder Like most of you reading this, I knew absolutely nothing about what was happening in Sierra Leone in the 1990s I didn t know there w I will never Never Complain about my childhood again.Okay, that s not true I will But when I let out a sad sigh of remorse that I didn t figure out exactly why I really wanted to be friends with that one guy in band in high school until it was way too late to do anything about it, I will at least think, At least I wasn t killing people and snorting gunpowder Like most of you reading this, I knew absolutely nothing about what was happening in Sierra Leone in the 1990s I didn t know the...

  2. Jennifer (aka EM) says:

    I m sorry, I m so very sorry for what I am about to do It seems unbelievably curmudgeonly of me to judge this book harshly given its subject matter But I can t let the deep empathy I feel for this former Sierra Leonean child soldier cloud my judgement of his memoir I give him five starsfor his courage, his honesty and the remarkable work he is doing to shed light on the life of child soldiers in Sierra Leone and elsewhere to raise consciousness and motivate political action to put I m sorry, I m so very sorry for what I am about to do It seems unbelievably curmudgeonly of me to judge this book harshly given its subject matter But I can t let the deep empathy I feel for this former Sierra Leonean child soldier cloud my judgement of his memoir I give him five starsfor his courage, his honesty and the remarkable work he is doing to shed light on the life of child soldiers in Sierra Leone and elsewhere to raise consciousness and motivate political action to put a stop to the brutality and corruption of the regimes that use them.But, this is about the book did the book work, did the book move me as it had the immense potential to do, did it put me into his world and let me share his trauma and pain at a visceral level making me angry, sad, guilty, moved to action And the answer to all of that is, not...

  3. Elyse says:

    I read this book in 2007 when this book was first released It was a year when local High School kids in our area were assigned to read this book Then later in the year Ishmael came to speak at our local state University to a room ofthan 1,000 people.It was a powerful night Ismael Beach was 26 years old when this book came out He tells his story of becoming a child soldier in Sierra Leone and of his later rehabilitation Heartbreaking horrors children in war.....

  4. Whitney Atkinson says:

    4.5 StarsTW Violence gore, rape, drug abuseThis book reminded me of Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys, not because their subject matter is anything alike, but because I had the same reaction to both books Throughout the duration of the book it was very impactful and heavy, and I may have shed a tear or two, but as soon as I closed the book the weight of it just fell upon me and it made me start crying in full Wow This book is truly unlike anything I ve read before I can t even fathom t 4.5 StarsTW Violence gore, rape, drug abuseThis book reminded me of Between Shades of Grey by R...

  5. Praj says:

    Dear Ms Naomi Campbell,I have always been an ardent aficionado of your work from your heydays sashaying the YSL runaways along with Linda Evangelista to crooning in George Michael s Freedom video Your numerous sexual trysts with celebrated oligarchs and other questionable chaps were highly fascinating although not marvelous But lately, you seem to forego your sadistic tantrums and suffer from a transient global amnesia Is it due to those numerous chalky dust lines running through your nasal Dear Ms Naomi Campbell,I have always been an ardent aficionado of your work from your heydays sashaying the YSL runaways along with Linda Evangelista to crooning in George Michael s Freedom video Your numerous sexual trysts with celebrated oligarchs and other questionable chaps were highly fascinating although not marvelous But lately, you seem to forego your sadistic tantrums and suffer from a transient global amnesia Is it due to those numerous chalky dust lines running through your nasal septum I do not know whom to believe You, Carol White or Mia Farrow Are you familiar with a certain Mr Charles Taylor, the benefactor to your gift of dirty little stones Aww My apologies if I m being a twinge to you ruptured temporal lobe Anyhow, as an admirer of your never ending legs, I enclose a pill to your deteriorated hip...

  6. Amr Mohamed says:

    Blood diamond Lord of war Blood diamond Lord of war

  7. Nandakishore Varma says:

    This is a very important book, though not an easy one to read Ishmael s style leaves a lot to be desired, and he is especially weak, I feel, when he tries to be philosophical But he makes up for that with the descriptions of war, to the depravity which human beings can descend to The fact that he does this with a child s candour, unemotionally, makes it evendisturbing.Children can be easily moulded And cruelty comes easily to children, because they do not think of it as cruel in the This is a very important book, though not an easy one to read Ishmael ...

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  9. steven says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here The review for this one is a toss up between one and five stars It was an amazing story of how a twelve year old boy survived the armed conflicts in Sierra Leone in the 1990s It s well written, provides vivid imagery, and evokes the horrors of war.The one star is because of the vivid imagery Let s be perfectly clear about this people die in this book Blood spatters everywhere, usually blood that should be kept inside some of the narrator s closest friends From the very first page to the ve The review for this one is a toss up between one and five stars It was an amazing story of how a twelve year old boy survived the armed conflicts in Sierra Leone in the 1990s It s well written, provides vivid imagery, and evokes the horrors of war.The one star is because of the vivid imagery Let s be perfectly clear about this people die in this book Blood spatters everywhere, usually blood that should be kept inside some of the narrator s closest friends From the very first page to the very last, you are kept on a rollercoast...

  10. Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    A Long Way Gone Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, Ishmael Beah 2016 1394 240 9786007642412 1395A Long Way Gone Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, Ishmael Beah 2016 1394 240 9786007642412 1395 26