A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Author Ishmael Beah
ISBN-10 0374531269
ISBN-13 9780374531263
Year 2008-08-05
Pages 229
Language English
Publisher Sarah Crichton Books
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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 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

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A Long Way Gone

A Long Way Gone Author Ishmael Beah
ISBN-10 0374706522
Release 2007-04-01
Pages 240