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In this memoir, Ishmael Beah elucidates his adolescence life hood in the war torn country of Sierra Leone. He was not affected by the civil war continuance for the first twelve years of his life. At this age, twelve years, he first felt the impact of this civil war in his native country. After a successful escape, he meandered for a full year in search of his family that he was separated from. Eventually, the government army arrested him.
Although the grisly incidences such as bleeding of wounds, men torture and shooting, women screaming and baby burning in the book makes it difficulty to read at times, the author’s plain honesty present the reality of the war experiences and repercussions he encountered. His accounts describe what himself and other children were coerced to do in order to survive. The author narrates his experiences with fluency without making excuses. Most memoirs appear pointless and uninspiring, but the Beah’s a long way gone, is exceptional; it is written for a purpose and with freshness. He is not amusing readers or himself in his writings; he is accomplishing what he is capable of in telling the reasons for the incidences.
The author’s birth and child life in Sierra Leone was during political stability, prior to civil war and rebellion. His difficulty times started the day his buddies and him had gone to a nearby town for a music context. On the way to the contest, rebels invaded their village. They killed many residents of the village making the survivors to flee away for their lives. In the course, his family members flee and he was separated from them and the life he had been used to. He started unrest period abruptly, one of terror and near-starvation with together with his colleagues. At the beginning, they succeed to stay together. The author describes trauma and stress reactions of being separated from their beloved
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“A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah Book Report/Review - 1”, n.d. https://studentshare.org/history/1616819-a-long-way-gone-memoirs-of-a-boy-soldier-by-ishmael-beah.
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