Beasts Of No Nation: A Novel by Uzodinma IwealaBeasts Of No Nation: A Novel by Uzodinma Iweala

Beasts Of No Nation: A Novel

byUzodinma Iweala

Paperback | August 15, 2006

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The harrowing, utterly original debut novel by Uzodinma Iweala about the life of a child soldier in a war-torn African country—now a critically-acclaimed Netflix original film directed by Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) and starring Idris Elba (Mandela, The Wire).

As civil war rages in an unnamed West-African nation, Agu, the school-aged protagonist of this stunning debut novel, is recruited into a unit of guerilla fighters. Haunted by his father’s own death at the hands of militants, which he fled just before witnessing, Agu is vulnerable to the dangerous yet paternal nature of his new commander.

While the war rages on, Agu becomes increasingly divorced from the life he had known before the conflict started—a life of school friends, church services, and time with his family, still intact. As he vividly recalls these sunnier times, his daily reality continues to spin further downward into inexplicable brutality, primal fear, and loss of selfhood. In a powerful, strikingly original voice, Uzodinma Iweala leads the reader through the random travels, betrayals, and violence that mark Agu’s new community. Electrifying and engrossing, Beasts of No Nation announces the arrival of an extraordinary new writer.

Uzodinma Iweala is the author ofBeasts of No Nation, which won theLos Angeles TimesBook Prize, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2007 he was selected as one ofGranta's Best Young American Novelists. A graduate of Harvard University and the Columbia...
Title:Beasts Of No Nation: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.12 × 4.88 × 0.49 inPublished:August 15, 2006Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060798688

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking account I really enjoyed reading this book, the account of a child solider was captivating and disturbing and did a good job at giving life to a current social justice issue. The book is written in first person and follows the child soldier, Agu, as he is blindly led into joining the fighting force and brainwashed, abused, and raped by his masters. The content of the book can be difficult for some readers, especially as it is in the perspective of an innocent child, but Iweala does a very effective job in presenting these necessary accounts to the heartbreaking story. My only criticism of this book is that since the book is narrated by the child, the writing at time was a little hard to understanding making the plot hard to follow - I understand why Iweala made this choice, but I found myself having to read sections 2-3 times just to fully grasp what was happening.
Date published: 2018-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Necessary when reading up on Nigeria An important piece of scholarship for those interested in Nigeria. I was fortunate to have read it before travelling to Lagos. Honest, open and emblematic of the country's struggles.
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Painful This is a painful read but an important story. #PlumReview
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Difficult to read This was difficult not only in text (how written in first person by an uneducated person) and subject matter to read and enjoy. I kept hoping for the subject to change to a redeeming story but it didn't. Very depressing!
Date published: 2015-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Graphic but Beautiful story of Redemption This tiny little book was introduced to me for a post-colonial class I was taking and it was the highlight of the class. Told through the eyes of a young child soldier, the voice is completely unique but very telling of the psychology of the character. Because of the violence inherent in child soldiers, the story is graphic and sometimes difficult to get through but a must read. It is hard to believe Iweala was only 21 when he wrote this gem of a debut
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“Devastating...a raw and brutal story about the horrifying effects of cruelty and the incredible power of hope.”