A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Paperback – 2008
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The book is well written and flows rather nicely. However, the story itself is so incredible that, even if it were poorly constructed, it would have been worth reading. Saying that it was "worth reading" is not really adequate. All people should read it in order to remind us what the reality of life is outside of Western culture. It is partly because we block incidents like those described by Beah that they can continue to happen.
I would not presume to know how to stop the carnage that occurs in so many Third World countries, but I can not help but think that if we as a society, were more aware of them and had to face the emotions and gut wrenching sorrow that come with the knowledge of such atrocities, we would be far less willing to allow them to happen.
Ishmael Beah has demonstrated that he is a remarkable individual with great reserves. He shows what changes can come about when people are caring and thoughtful of others. I would venture to say that Ishmael Beah feels guilt for what he has done. However, I think he should be proud of the fact that he has endured and triumph over so much evil and pain in becoming who he is today. It was an honor to be allowed to read Beah's story, as it must have been as equally difficult to recount it, as it was to live through it. Highly recommended.
His story is so compelling that it held my grade eleven class of hard-bitten non-readers spellbound as I read the entire book to them aloud over the course of a few weeks. When I read the book for the first time, I went and hugged my wife and all of my children just to give thanks for their lives, and I'm not the sort of person who does that sort of thing ordinarily. (Not that I'm a jerk or anything, I just don't cry when Bambi gets shot.)
This is one of the books that everyone should read, if only to realize how damn lucky most of us are.
We are always told that we could make a difference. I don't know if I'll ever get the chance to visit these poor African countries. I don't know if I'll ever make it to the United Nations and speak for them (most likely, not). But because of all that Beah had done and conquered in his life in Sierra Leone, I'm going to state a very cheesy point here: our dreams could most definitely come true.Read more ›
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Good condition, good price, and speedy arrival. thank you!!!!!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I read this some time ago but remember how much I enjoyed it. It was a real eye opener and make you appreciate being born in Canada.Published 7 months ago by C. Hopkins
Ishmael takes the readers back to when he was a child with amazing imagery and graphic detail. I've never read anything like this book. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Brittany
A thoughtful and enlightening book exposing a terrible child hood that finally brought peace to a young man worth readingPublished 11 months ago by Elaine
Beah tells of how he loses everything to rebel soldiers at the age of twelve. Fleeing for his life for months, he is eventually recruited to fight the rebels, which he does... Read morePublished 11 months ago by William Leach
First off I'd like to say shipping was terrible I still don't have the book so I borrowed a friend's and as for the book it's a really heart felt bookim glad I live where I do with... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Dereck Fleury