A Long Way Gone : Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
by Ishmael Beah
Editor: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
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My new friends started to suspect that I didn’t tell the whole story of my life.”Why did you leave Sierra Leone””Because there’s a war going on”” You mean, you’ve seen people running around with guns and guns and each other.”””Yes, all the time”” Cool.”I’m smiling a little”You should talk to us every once in a while””Yes, from time to time”It’s the way wars are now being waged: by the children, jumped on drugs and brandishing AK-47s.”Children have become soldiers of choiceMore than 50 ongoing conflicts worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers.Ishmael Beah used to be one of themWhat is war like through the eyes of a child soldierHow to become an assassinHow do we stopChild soldiers were introduced by journalists and novelists who had difficulty imagining their livesBut so far he hasn’t been the first person to count anyone who came through this hell and survived.In the #1 New York Times best-seller, A Long Missing Path, ishmael Beah, now twenty-five years old, tells a captivating story: how, at the age of twelve, he fled the rebel attack and wandered a land made unrecognizable by violence.In thirteen years, he had been recovered by the government army, and ishmael Beah, in the heart of a sweet boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts.It is a rare and bewitching account, said with true literary strength and heart-wrenching honesty.
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