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    Description""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." "You mean, you saw people running around with guns and shooting each other?" "Yes, all the time." "Cool.""You should tell us about it sometime." "Yes, sometime."" " This is how wars are fought now: by children, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. Children have become soldiers of choice. In the more than fifty conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them. What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? How does one become a killer? How does one stop? Child soldiers have been profiled by journalists, and novelists have struggled to imagine their lives. But until now, there has not been a first-person account from someone who came through this hell and survived. In "A Long Way Gone," Beah, now twenty-five years old, tells a riveting story: how at the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels 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. This is a rare and mesmerizing account, told with real literary force and heartbreaking honesty.


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    Title
    A Long Way Gone
    Subtitle
    Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ishmael Beah
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 229
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 206 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 181 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781606860946
    ISBN 10: 1606860941
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: NFXX
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: Y4.0
    BIC subject category V2: YQH, YNH
    BIC E4L: HIS
    DC22: B
    BIC subject category V2: YXC
    Ingram Theme: CULT/WAFRIC, CHRN/1990
    Ingram Subject Code: CB
    Libri: I-CB
    BISAC V2.8: JNF007020
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 12860
    BIC subject category V2: YXZW
    BISAC V2.8: JNF025130
    BIC subject category V2: YNJ
    BISAC V2.8: JNF053210
    DC21: 966.404
    LC subject heading: , , , ,
    Thema V1.0: YNH, YNJ, YXQ
    BIC E4L: NXX, YHY
    Illustrations note
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    Publisher
    Perfection Learning
    Imprint name
    Perfection Learning
    Publication date
    01 August 2008
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review quote
    "Everyone in the world should read this book. Not just because it contains an amazing story, or because it's our moral, bleeding-heart duty, or because it's clearly written. We should read it to learn about the world and about what it means to be human." --"Washington Post" "A breathtaking and unselfpitying account of how a gentle spirit survives a childhood from which all innocence has suddenly been sucked out. It's a truly riveting memoir." --"Time "" " " " "Beah is a gifted writer. . . Read his memoir and you will be haunted . . . It's a high price to pay, but it's worth it." --"Newsweek.com" "Deeply moving, even uplifting...Beah's story, with its clear-eyed reporting and literate particularity--whether he's dancing to rap, eating a coconut or running toward the burning village where his family is trapped--demands to be read." --"People "(Critic's Choice, Four stars) "Beah's memoir, "A Long Way Gone" (Farrar, Straus and -Giroux), is unforgettable testimony that Africa's children--millions of them dying and orphaned by preventable diseases, hundreds of thousands of them forced into battle--have eyes to see and voices to tell what has happened. And what voices! How is it possible that 26-year-old Beah, a nonnative English speaker, separated from his family at age 12, taught to maim and to kill at 13, can sound such notes of -family happiness, of friendship under duress, of quiet horror? 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" "When Beah is finally approached about the possibility of serving as aspokesperson on the issue of child soldiers, he knows exactly what he wants to tell the world: "I would always tell people that I believe children have the resilience to outlive their sufferings, if given a chance." Others may make the same assertions, but Beah has the advantage of stating them in the first person. That makes "A Long Way Gone" all the more gripping." --"Christian Science Monitor" " " "In place of a text that has every right to be a diatribe against Sierra Leone, globalization or even himself, Beah has produced a book of such self-effacing humanity that refugees, political fronts and even death squads resolve themselves back into the faces of mothers, fathers and siblings. "A Long Way Gone" transports us into the lives of thousands of children whose lives have been altered by war, and it does so with a genuine and disarmingly emotional force." --"Minneapolis Star-Tribune" "What Beah saw and did during [the war] has haunted him ever since, and if you read his stunning and unflinching memoir, you'll be haunted, too . . . It would have been enough if Ishmael Beah had merely survived the horrors described in "A Long Way Gone," That he has written this unforgettable firsthand account of his odyssey is harder still to grasp. Those seeking to understand the human consequences of war, its brutal and brutalizing costs, would be wise to reflect on Ishmael Beah's story." --"Philadelphia Inquirer" "Beah speaks in a distinctive voice, and he tells an important story." --"The Wall Street Journal" "" "Hideously effective in conveying the essential horror of his experiences." --"Kirkus Reviews"""" ""Extraordinary . . . A ferocious and desolate account of how ordinarychildren were turned into professional killers." --The Guardian UK"" ""A Long Way Gone" is one of the most important war stories of our generation. The arming of children is among the greatest evils of the modern world, and yet we know so little about it because the children themselves are swallowed up by the very wars they are forced to wage. Ishmael Beah has not only emerged intact from this chaos, he has become one of its most eloquent chroniclers. We ignore his message at our peril." --Sebastian Junger, author of "A Death in Belmont "and "A Perfect Storm ""This is a beautifully written book about a shocking war and the children who were forced to fight it. Ishmael Beah describes the unthinkable in calm, unforgettable language; his memoir is an important testament to the children elsewhere who continue to be conscripted into armies and militias." --Steve Coll, author of "Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001,"" "winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for general Nonfiction "This is a wrenching, beautiful, and mesmerizing tale. Beah's amazing saga provides a haunting lesson about how gentle folks can be capable of great brutalities as well goodness and courage. It will leave you breathless." --Walter Isaacson, author of "Benjamin Franklin: An American Life""" ""A Long Way Gone" hits you hard in the gut with Sierra Leone's unimaginable brutality and then it touches your soul with unexpected acts of kindness. Ishmael Beah's story tears your heart to pieces and then forces you to put it back together again, because if Beah can emerge from such horror with his humanity in tact, it's the least you can do."--Jeannette Walls, author of "The Glass Castle: A Memoir"