A Long Way Gone

A Long Way Gone

Memoirs of A Boy Soldier

Audiobook CD - 2007
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This is how wars are fought now by children, hopped up on drugs, and wielding AK-47s. In the more than fifty violent conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers.   Ishmael Beah used to be one of them. 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 it is rare to find a  first-person account from someone who endured this hell and survived.   In A Long Way Gone Beah , now twenty-six years old, tells a riveting story in his own words: 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.  
Publisher: New York : Audio Renaissance, p2007
ISBN: 9781427202307
1427202303
Branch Call Number: 966.404092 Beah
Characteristics: 7 sound discs (8.5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in

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Mar 18, 2018

A frightening autobiographical account of being a child soldier in the Sierra Leone civil war from about 1992 to 1996. The horrors witnessed, terrors experienced, and the ruthless cruelty that the author himself performed are hard to believe and difficult to listen to. One of the most eye-opening aspects of it was how easily he could disable and bury alive people (when he is 15-16 years old), and when he gets to a rehabilitation center, is told that its not his fault! Doesn't moral development get to a point where one is responsible for one's conduct by the age of 8 or 9? This audiobook was read by the author rather badly.

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