Alistair Sewell's Reviews > A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
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The book A Long Way Gone is a remarkable memoir documenting the journey of a child soldier. What I found most interesting about the book was the transition Ishmael went through, turning from an innocent child to a bloodthirsty soldier. The most crucial scene in my opinion was the first battle Ishmael fought with the rebel soldiers. At first Ishmael was a boy who trembled at the sight of a gun, but when as he watches his friends fall at the wrath of the rebels, Ishmael finds it easier to kill the soldiers. What I also thought was interesting was how the one emotion he was sure about was anger. He couldn't afford to be happy, as the happiness would be too short lived. Sadness wasn't an option, as long as he wanted to make it through the day. Anger became his only comfort. It provided him protection, friends, and he no longer had to run from anyone. The book, A Long Way Gone provides an inside view of the life as a child soldier.
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