In A Long Way Gone Ishmael Beah tells a riveting story in his own words: 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 how wars are fought now by children, hopped up on drugs, and wielding AK-47s. In the more than fifty violent conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers.
Ishmael Beah used to be one of them. 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 it is rare to find a first-person account from someone who endured this hell and survived.
This is a rare and mesmerizing account, told with real literary force and heartbreaking honesty.
One of the greatest books I have read
The author, which is the main character never attempts to boast or glorify his actions as a child soldier. He just tells the story as is without inputting his opinion. The book is very well written and takes you into the authors world with his captivating words.
To be completely honest i didn't think this book was going to be good because it was a book that our teacher made us read (all the books our teacher made us read in the past weren't the most interesting) so i went in with that thought but as i started to read it i started to love it even more i have to say this is a great book and i loved reading it. This is one book you guys should read!