A Long Way Gone

A Long Way Gone

Memoirs of A Boy Soldier

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Baker & Taylor
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. 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. Ishmael Beah, now 25 years old, tells how at the age oftwelve, 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.--From publisher description.

McMillan Palgrave

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.



Blackwell North Amer

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.



Baker
& Taylor

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. 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. Ishmael Beah, now 25 years old, tells how at the age oftwelve, 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.--From publisher description.A human rights activist offers a firsthand account of war from the perspective of a former child soldier, detailing the violent civil war that wracked his native Sierra Leone and the government forces that transformed a gentle young boy into a killer as a member of the army.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. Ishmael Beah, now 25 years old, tells how at the age oftwelve, 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.--From publisher description. member of the army.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. Ishmael Beah, now 25 years old, tells how at the age oftwelve, 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.--From publisher description. member of the army.
In a heart-wrenching, candid autobiography, a human rights activist offers a firsthand account of war from the perspective of a former child soldier, detailing the violent civil war that wracked his native Sierra Leone and the government forces that transformed a gentle young boy into a killer as a member of the army. 75,000 first printing.
A human rights activist offers a firsthand account of war from the perspective of a former child soldier, detailing the violent civil war that wracked his native Sierra Leone and the government forces that transformed a gentle young boy into a killer as a member of the army.

Publisher: B.C.: : Douglas & McIntyre, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781553653981
9780374105235
0374105235
9780374531263
Characteristics: 229 p

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aserrano318
Jul 06, 2016

This was one of the best books I have ever read, but was also one of the hardest to read. The experiences and memories told by Beah throughout the story can sometimes take an emotional toll on the reader. It's crucial to the story that Beah does not hold back description wise to truly show the reader just how bad of a situation all of this was. Beah's incredible writing style makes this novel a fast paced read that flows smoothly. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to become more informed on the child soldier crisis or anyone that just wants a good fast paced read.

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Courtenay777
Nov 03, 2014

This was one of the hardest books I have ever read. Right up there with Man's Search For Meaning. It breaks my heart that there is such a lack of humanity in the world, yet I find myself uplifted at the same time to see the return of this man from such a destroyed soul to such a kind and grateful one. I cried throughout the story, and bawled my eyes out reading his acknowledgements. The chronology was enlightening and frightening as well. This book may cause a stir in you and should certainly humble all who read it.

Ktmay429 Aug 30, 2014

To one of the comments made below, this was written by a person who went through terrible tragedies and therefore, this story could not have been told in it's true form if it had been written by a "bona fide author". Some people just don't get it. Smh

Very compelling and sad. Graphic violence so not for the faint of heart. Inspiring and brave, none-the-less. This story makes you want to hug your family tighter, kiss the American soul that you walk on, and become more aware of the crimes against humanity going on in the world to this day.

This was a school assignment given to my high school age son for a summer reading assignment and I read it before him. I would not recommend to anyone under a freshman in HS or who can't handle violence and war crimes.

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Madreley
Jul 21, 2014

Good reading if you want a first person account of a child soldier in Sierra Leone. It is sad what people will do to each other and how they will justify it. Book is very brutal and graphic in places. It is amazing how these things could be happening in the 21st century. I think it basically comes down to that people are greedy and will take whatever they want in any way possible. What a hell-hole of a country to live in.

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Chandy19
Feb 07, 2014

A truly inspirational story…despite all his struggles and what he went through he was able to lift his spirit and find peace in a not so kind world.

This is for all those who never had a way out….

destiny1218 Jul 10, 2013

not really my style of book. was recommended but i would not recommend it to others

Tolu01 Jul 08, 2013

a very good book and inspiring

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carol507
Jul 02, 2013

A well written book - not for the "faint at-heart". Another tragic story that reminds me --thank God I was born in the U.S.A.

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DeltaQueen50
Feb 06, 2013

What I most admire about Ishmael Beah is his unflinching and unselfpitying manner of telling his story in A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. His individual story of being a child who lost almost everything in a vicious war speaks for children caught in the same manner around the world. .

I could go into superlatives about this book, but would rather simply say it was a genuine and emotional read.

fgomez98 Jan 13, 2013

Just read it, honestly. It will change you. I loved it.

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Ólive Jun 21, 2012

There were all kinds of stories told about the war that made it sound as if it was happening in a faraway and different land. It wasn't until refugees started passing through our town that we began to see that it was actually taking place in our country. Families who had walked hundreds of miles told how relatives had been killed and their houses burned. Some people felt sorry for them and offered them places to stay, but most of the refugees refused, because they said the war would eventually reach our town. The children of these families wouldn't look at us, and they jumped at the sound of chopping wood or as stones landed on the tin roofs flung by children hunting birds with slingshots. The adults among these children from the war zones would be lost in their thoughts during conversations with the elders of my town. Apart from their fatigue and malnourishment, it was evident they had seen something that plagued their minds, something that we would refuse to accept if they told us all of it. At times I thought that some of the stories the passersby told were exaggerated. The only wars I knew of were those that I had read about in books or seen in movies such as Rambo: First Blood, and the one in neighboring Liberia that I had heard about on the BBC news. My imagination at ten years old didn't have the capacity to grasp what had taken away the happiness of the refugees

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patl
Apr 02, 2011

At age 12, Ishmael Beah fled his village after it was attacked. At age 13, he joined the government armgy and is feed drugs in order to attack villages. At 16, he is removed from fighting by UNICEF and through the help of staff at his rehabilitation centre, he learned how to forgive hmself to regain his humanity and finally to heal. He eventually imigrates to the US and is adopted by a family. He attended school and university.

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Jun 10, 2008

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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"My high school friends have begun to suspect I haven't told them the full story of my life."

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