A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

Ishmael Beah


This is how wars are fought now: by means of teenagers, hopped-up on medicines and wielding AK-47s. young children became infantrymen of selection. within the greater than fifty conflicts happening all over the world, it really is envisioned that there are a few 300,000 baby infantrymen. Ishmael Beah was once one among them.
What is struggle like in the course of the eyes of a kid soldier? How does one turn into a killer? How does one cease? baby infantrymen were profiled by way of reporters, and novelists have struggled to visualize their lives. yet before, there has now not been a first-person account from anyone who got here via this hell and survived.

In A good distance Gone, Beah, now twenty-five years outdated, tells a riveting tale: how on the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by means of violence. via 13, he'd been picked up by means of the govt. military, and Beah, at center a steady boy, discovered that he was once in a position to really negative acts.

 
This is an extraordinary and captivating account, informed with genuine literary strength and heartbreaking honesty.

"My new associates have all started to suspect i have never advised them the complete tale of my life.
'Why did you permit Sierra Leone?'
'Because there's a war.'
'You suggest, you observed humans working round with weapons and capturing each one other?'
'Yes, the entire time.'
'Cool.'
I smile a little.
'You may still let us know approximately it sometime.'
'Yes, sometime.'"

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