Blast from the Past–A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

A Long Way Gone–Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
5/5/2007-5/9/2007–226 pages–non-fiction (memoir, civil war, Sierra Leone, 1990s)
Borrowed from WCDPL

This book was such a learning experience for me. Seeing as the civil war in Sierra Leone ended when I was old enough to realize something was happening, but not understanding it, I thought this would be a good look at what most civil wars in Africa were like. I honestly hope they’re not all like this, especially as bad.

I loved the way Beah explained and wrote out his memories. He didn’t bore me with information I didn’t really care about. Seeing as he cut down years of his life into a 220 page memoir, it’s probably a pretty concise summary. His journey as a victim into an avenger into a rehabilitated veteran by the age of 17 is an amazing story. The way Beah skipped to a scene after he was a soldier in the second chapter made me really want to continue reading and see how he got there. Very interesting, thorough, and genuine.

“If you are alive, there is hope for a better day something good to happen. If there is nothing good left in the destiny of a person, he or she will die.” (p54)



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