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A LONG WAY GONE: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

The survivor of a dirty war in starkest Africa recounts his transition from 12-year-old orphan to killing machine.To emerge from Sierra Leone's malignant civil conflict and eventually graduate from college in the U.S. marks Beah as very unusual, if not unique. His memoir seeks to illuminate the process that created, and continues to create, one of the most pitiable yet universally feared products ... Read full review

Review: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

Editorial Review - - Barbara Bamberger Scott

You might not be able to read this book if you didn't know it had a hopeful ending. The violence is unstaged, described in a matteroffact way that gives it a haunting quality; wounds bleed, women scream, babies are burned in their cribs, grown men are shot after being tortured. And it is violence perpetrated in many cases by boys, young teenagers who in their own culture are usually not considered ... Read full review

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