issue of child soldiers, he knows exactly what he wants to tell the world “A Long Way Gone is one of the most important war stories of our. Read "A Long Way Gone Memoirs of a Boy Soldier" by Ishmael Beah available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Starred Review. This absorbing account by a A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by [Beah, Ishmael].

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A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. Home · A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy button below! Report copyright / DMCA form · DOWNLOAD EPUB. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah. Read online, or download in secure EPUB format. My new friends have begun to suspect I haven't told them the full story of my life." Why did you leave Sierra Leone?""Because there is a war.

And the answer to all of that is, not really.

It had three major flaws really, I blame the editor : 1. The lead-up to Beah's kidnapping into the army lacked the kind of rich detail that made the loss of that life resonate throughout the rest of the story.

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

The time spent in the army -- the drugs, the brutality of the 'training', the weeks-long missions in the bush, fuelled only by drugs and fear, the orgies of killing, raping and looting -- all that we know happens, we didn't see here. Beah's time in the army was the shortest part of this book.

For him, emotionally and psychologically, it's completely understandable--even if he wanted to unlikely he probably can't--because of the drugs and trauma--even remember. It's a terrible thing, but this book needed him to.

The book ended abruptly with a major piece of the story left hanging -- I guess I can't tell you what. So often, books - especially memoirs - inherently have a built-in problem with the end. We always know the end -- at least in broad strokes, but you still have to take us there, and take us to a point that it makes sense to stop even though obviously, if you're writing it, the story didn't stop.

In this case, Beah stopped about two crucial plot points before he should have. What was most effective for me was the rehabilitation section of the story.

This is where Beah's detached, almost fugue-like point-of-view seemed to work so well. It's also where his memories of what he experienced were set up in stark relief to the difficulty of his recovery -- that contrast, and the level of detail that then emerged, made for compelling reading.

In fact, I'm upping from 2 to 3 stars solely based on the redemption the rehabilitation segment offers the story. It made up - to some extent - for flaws 1 and 2.

Maybe the entire story should have been set during the rehabilitation period, with flash forwards and flashbacks? Book has a different type.

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