Radiance of Tomorrow

Kobo ebook | January 7, 2014

byISHMAEL BEAH

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When Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone was published in 2007, it soared to the top of bestseller lists, becoming an instant classic: a harrowing account of Sierra Leone’s civil war and the fate of child soldiers that “everyone in the world should read” (The Washington Post). Now Beah, whom Dave Eggers has called “arguably the most read African writer in contemporary literature,” has returned with his first novel, an affecting, tender parable about postwar life in Sierra Leone.

At the centre of Radiance of Tomorrow are Benjamin and Bockarie, two longtime friends who return to their hometown, Imperi, after the civil war. The village is in ruins, the ground covered in bones. As more villagers begin to file back, Benjamin and Bockarie try to forge a new community by taking up their former posts as teachers, but they’re beset by obstacles: a scarcity of food; a rash of murders, thievery, rape, and retaliation; and the depredations of a foreign mining company intent on sullying the town’s water supply and blocking its paths with electric wires. As Benjamin and Bockarie search for a way to restore order, they’re forced to reckon with the pain of their past and the uncertainty of their future.
 
With the gentle lyricism of a dream and the moral clarity of a fable, Radiance of Tomorrow is a powerful novel about preserving what means the most to us, even in uncertain times. It marks the start of an exciting new chapter for Ishmael Beah.

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When Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone was published in 2007, it soared to the top of bestseller lists, becoming an instant classic: a harrowing account of Sierra Leone’s civil war and the fate of child soldiers that “everyone in the world should read” (The Washington Post). Now Beah, whom Dave Eggers has called “arguably the most read Af...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:January 7, 2014Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143191721

ISBN - 13:9780143191728

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A future full of hope "Radiance of Tomorrow" alludes to more than just a new hope the future brings. It speaks to the hardships tomorrow might come with, and the human courage and determination it takes to face such challenges. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel, sometimes it just takes some detours to get there. It takes a little while warming up to the words. You get what Ishmael Beah is trying to convey but because his wording and sentence structures are not typical to an "English" novel, which he acknowledges wanting to write with his voice, and his people's consciousness and Mende language, in his note to readers, it starts off quite jarringly to what one is used to. But by 10 pages, I was fully immersed in Beah's words and world, never able to shake off the eagerness of wanting to turn a page. This resulted in reading most of the book in one sitting. The story told is powerful and compelling. It was intriguing to read of what happens after a war and see it from the other side of the lens - how its people have to piece their lives back together from almost nothing, and deal with external influences beyond their control. At the core of "Radiance of Tomorrow" is its character piece. Beah has a village of multi-faceted characters - each with their own strengths and weaknesses, each developed in its own way. It is through knowing them that makes the novel such a grounded and humanistic read, one that will appeal to readers who found Beah's memoir "A Long Way Gone" and Katherine Boo's "Behind the Beautiful Forevers" rewarding and informative.
Date published: 2013-12-23