A Long Way Gone: Memoirs Of A Boy Soldier

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A Long Way Gone: Memoirs Of A Boy Soldier

by Ishmael Beah

Penguin Canada | July 23, 2013 | Trade Paperback

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs Of A Boy Soldier is rated 5 out of 5 by 3.
At the age of twelve, Ishmael Beah fled attacking rebels in Sierra Leone 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. At sixteen, he was removed from fighting by UNICEF, and through the help of the staff at his rehabilitation center, he learned how to forgive himself, to regain his humanity, and, finally, to heal.

This is an extraordinary and mesmerizing account, told with real literary force and heartbreaking honesty.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 pages, 8.2 × 5.3 × 0.65 in

Published: July 23, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143190172

ISBN - 13: 9780143190172

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I have actually read this book a long time ago, however, the story is still vivid in my mind. Although the language and vocabulary in the book is what I consider as ranging from moderate to simple, it was very captivating and engaging.
Date published: 2014-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic book I bought this book a while ago and it truly changed my life. Reading this book really opened my eyes to struggle that some people have to go through. I would not consider myself a fast reader, but I finished this book within days. It is truly inspiring and I would recommend it to everyone and anyone! 
Date published: 2014-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful Autobiography I received this novel as a present a few years back and didn't get around to reading it until now. Thank goodness I did! This was such an insightful novel about the child soldiers of Sierra Leone. Even though this was an autobiography it read like fiction - and what I mean by that is there was never a dull moment and it was easy to understand and engage in. One fault: what was Ishmael's life like AFTER the war? We never find that out. Hopefully he writes a follow-up novel so we can learn of his life afterwards!
Date published: 2014-03-31

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A Long Way Gone: Memoirs Of A Boy Soldier

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs Of A Boy Soldier

by Ishmael Beah

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 pages, 8.2 × 5.3 × 0.65 in

Published: July 23, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143190172

ISBN - 13: 9780143190172

From the Publisher

At the age of twelve, Ishmael Beah fled attacking rebels in Sierra Leone 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. At sixteen, he was removed from fighting by UNICEF, and through the help of the staff at his rehabilitation center, he learned how to forgive himself, to regain his humanity, and, finally, to heal.

This is an extraordinary and mesmerizing account, told with real literary force and heartbreaking honesty.

About the Author

Ishmael Beah  was born in Sierra Leone in 1980. He came to the United States when he was seventeen and graduated from Oberlin College in 2004. He is a UNICEF Ambassador and Advocate for Children Affected by War, a member of the Human Rights Watch Children's Rights Advisory Committee, and president of the Ishmael Beah Foundation. He lives with his wife in New York City. You can follow him on Twitter @Ishmael Beah.

Editorial Reviews

"Ishmael's story shows both the horror and the possibility of redemption. This is an unbearable book that has to be borne. Read it.” - The Globe and Mail

“The book is raw, run though with melancholy, but so honest and longing that hundreds of thousands have read it and it’s made Beah … arguably the most read African writer in contemporary literature.” - Dave Eggers, Vanity Fair

“Everyone in the world should read this book. … We should read it to learn about the world and about what it means to be human.” - Belinda Luscombe, The Washington Post

“No outsider could have written this book, and it’s hard to imagine that many insiders could do so with such acute vision, stark language, and tenderness. It is a heart-rending achievement.” - Melissa Fay Greene, Elle

“One of the most important war stories of our generation.” - Sebastian Junger