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A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
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Aug 01, 2011

it was amazing

Amazing. There is no other word for this book. To hear the author tell his story, of the atrocities he was taught to commit, and to come to terms with what happened, is just incredible. It's hard to believe that the sort of thing he describes exists, it's so horrifying. And that he lived through the ordeal, and has gone on to become such an accomplished author is an incredible, beautiful thing. If I have one complaint about this book, it's that it ends too soon. At the end I'm left wanting more, to know what happened between the time he left Sierra Leone and now. Perhaps a second book? I'd love to know what his adjustment was like coming to the United States. I mean, he already had to adjust his life so much in his home country, but then to go on and adapt to a new culture again must have been a huge undertaking. The book was hard to read at times because of the subject matter, but, in the end, it was impossible to put down.

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