Share A Long Way GoneIshmael Beah 's best-selling memoir of his experiences as a child soldier during Sierra Leone's civil war, was that rare thing—a book that was at once horrific and shocking while still being tender, clear-eyed, and ultimately uplifting. His beaming photograph on the back cover seemed to signify the book's transcendence.
Among the confusion, violence, and uncertainty of the war, Ishmael, his brother, and his friends wander from village to village in search of food and shelter.
Their day-to-day existence is a struggle of survival, and the boys find themselves committing acts they would never have believed themselves capable of, such as stealing food from children.
Eventually, Ishmael is conscripted as a soldier by the army and he becomes the very thing he feared: The boy soldiers become addicted to cocaine, marijuana, and "brown brown," which give them the courage to fight and the ability to repress their emotions in times of war. Ishmael is taken to a rehabilitation center, where he struggles to understand his past and to imagine a future.
The love and compassion he finds at the center from a nurse named Esther opens up an understanding and forgiveness within himself. Ishmael is welcomed by his extended family in Freetown and is again saved by their support and kindness.
Ishmael is invited along with other children of war to New York City to tell his story to the United Nations. He learns that others like him have suffered and survived. He meets Laura Simms, a storyteller and his future foster mom, and sees the importance of sharing his experience with the world in hopes of preventing such horrors from happening to other children.
After Ishmael returns to Freetown, Sierra Leone, a coup by the RUF and the military ousts the civilian government, and the war Ishmael has been avoiding catches up with him.Ishmael Beah is an author that as soon as I read the first book (A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier) I went looking for more of his work.
This book was one of the most powerful I have ever read and I look forward to reading the next one!
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Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone tells the story of himself, a young teen in the midst of political upheaval, where rebels everywhere are killing many of the innocent civilians of Africa.
The book is set in Sierra Leone, where many African rebels were causing chaos at every town they passed by/5. “A Long Way Gone is a wrenching, beautiful, and mesmerizing tale.
Beah’s amazing saga provides a haunting lesson about how gentle folks can be capable of great brutalities as well.