A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
My new friends have begun to suspect I haven't told them the full story of my life.
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.
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Review: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy SoldierUser Review - Kawa Hosseini - Goodreads
This book is extremely depressing. But it is a must read. An eye-opening story on how humanity can be easily manipulated into extreme savagery. Read full review
Review: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy SoldierUser Review - Diana Derringer - Goodreads
A Long Way Gone offers an uncomfortable but needed reminder of the reality many children and families face in our world today. Read full review