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A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
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Sep 26, 08

Recommended to Ellis by: UI Center for Human Rights
Read in September, 2008

Part of the UI Center for Human Rights One Book One Community program intended to get out awareness of human rights violations by making special publications of books and disseminating them around the campus through campus orgs, etc. I am reading it and then passing it onto my sorority sisters.

Read this book. It is engrossing and basically absorbed my consciousness. This is, at times, very hard to read because of how graphic it is. Every once and awhile, I had to step back and remind myself that this is true, which made it even more difficult. The writing is rather simple and painfully honest. Beah does not paint himself as some sort of hero. Rather, he is honest about his eventual lust for blood and incessant drug abuse. Neither is this self-pitying in the least. Basically, read it.

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