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A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
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Sep 18, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: bio-memoir, grier-annicaro, morone

A heart-wrenching and powerful novel of a child's life ravaged by war. Ishmael Beah tells of how his life, and that of thousands in Sierra Leone, was impacted by the civil war. He was robbed of his childhood and eventually was forced to make a choice -- starve to death and/or get killed by rebels or join the army. He chose the latter and now lives with the consequences of that choice.

This is a gruesome tale that makes me grateful for all the things in my life that I sometimes take for granted. There is hope and we must strive to be kind to one another and do what we can to protect other children from missing out on the glories of being children -- feeling safe, loved, free to learn and play.

I listened to the audio version of this and was blown away by Beah's telling of his tale. He is extremely brave to share the details of his life so honestly.

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