A Long Way Gone

A Long Way Gone At the age of twelve Ishmael Beah fled attacking rebels in Sierra Leone and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence By thirteen he d been picked up by the government army and Beah at h

  • Title: A Long Way Gone
  • Author: Ishmael Beah
  • ISBN: 9780374531263
  • Page: 236
  • Format: Paperback
  • At the age of twelve, Ishmael Beah fled attacking rebels in Sierra Leone 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 At sixteen, he was removed from fighting by UNICEF, and through the help of the staff at his rehabilitatiAt the age of twelve, Ishmael Beah fled attacking rebels in Sierra Leone 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 At sixteen, he was removed from fighting by UNICEF, and through the help of the staff at his rehabilitation center, he learned how to forgive himself, to regain his humanity, and, finally, to heal.This is an extraordinary and mesmerizing account, told with real literary force and heartbreaking honesty.

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    1. I will never. Never. Complain about my childhood again.Okay, that's not true. I will. But when I let out a sad sigh of remorse that I didn't figure out exactly why I really wanted to be friends with that one guy in band in high school until it was way too late to do anything about it, I will at least think, "At least I wasn't killing people and snorting gunpowder."Like most of you reading this, I knew absolutely nothing about what was happening in Sierra Leone in the 1990s. I didn't know there w [...]

    2. I'm sorry, I'm so very sorry for what I am about to do. It seems unbelievably curmudgeonly of me to judge this book harshly given its subject matter. But I can't let the deep empathy I feel for this former Sierra Leonean child soldier cloud my judgement of his memoir. I give him five stars - more! - for his courage, his honesty and the remarkable work he is doing to shed light on the life of child soldiers in Sierra Leone and elsewhere; to raise consciousness and motivate political action to put [...]

    3. I read this book in 2007 when this book was first released. It was a year when local High School kids in our area were assigned to read this book. Then later in the year --Ishmael came to speak at our local state University to a room of more than 1,000 people.It was a powerful night! Ismael Beach was 26 years old when this book came out. He tells his story of becoming a child soldier in Sierra Leone and of his later rehabilitation. Heartbreaking -(horrors) - children in warting, killing, dying.A [...]

    4. 4.5 StarsTW: Violence/gore, rape, drug abuseThis book reminded me of Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys, not because their subject matter is anything alike, but because I had the same reaction to both books. Throughout the duration of the book it was very impactful and heavy, and I may have shed a tear or two, but as soon as I closed the book the weight of it just fell upon me and it made me start crying in full. Wow. This book is truly unlike anything I've read before. I can't even fathom t [...]

    5. Dear Ms. Naomi Campbell,I have always been an ardent aficionado of your work; from your heydays sashaying the YSL runaways along with Linda Evangelista to crooning in George Michael’s Freedom video. Your numerous sexual trysts with celebrated oligarchs and other questionable chaps were highly fascinating although not marvelous. But lately, you seem to forego your sadistic tantrums and suffer from a transient global amnesia. Is it due to those numerous chalky dust lines running through your nas [...]

    6. Onvan : A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier - Nevisande : Ishmael Beah - ISBN : 374105235 - ISBN13 : 9780374105235 - Dar 229 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2007

    7. قصة مؤلمة جدالم اقرأ عن السيراليون قبل ذلكاتفرجت علي فيلم Blood diamondوشوفت ازاي المتمردين بيجندوا الاطفال ويتم تحويل طفل برئ يخاف كل شئ الي قاتل محترفوايضا فيلم Lord of warالذي اوضح ان تجارة السلاح تساهم او السبب الرئيسي وراء تلك المذابح التي تتم في افريقيافذلك الكتاب يحكيقصة حياة [...]

    8. This is a very important book, though not an easy one to read. Ishmael's style leaves a lot to be desired, and he is especially weak, I feel, when he tries to be philosophical. But he makes up for that with the descriptions of war, to the depravity which human beings can descend to. The fact that he does this with a child's candour, unemotionally, makes it even more disturbing.Children can be easily moulded. And cruelty comes easily to children, because they do not think of it as "cruel" in the [...]

    9. كتاب جميل جداو ذكريات صعبة جدا جدا جداو عمل إنساني فوق الوصفأنا فعلا مش متخيل ازاي ممكن إنسان يمر بكل الأحداث دي و يفضل على إنسانيتهو كمان متخيل كمية الألم و هوه ماسك القلم و بيفتكر اللي مر بيه و يعيشه من تاني و يكتبهازاي الصراع من أجل البقاء ممكن يحولك لحيوان ضاري مفترس, و إزا [...]

    10. The review for this one is a toss-up between one and five stars. It was an amazing story of how a twelve-year-old boy survived the armed conflicts in Sierra Leone in the 1990s. It's well-written, provides vivid imagery, and evokes the horrors of war.The one star is because of the vivid imagery. Let's be perfectly clear about this: people die in this book. Blood spatters everywhere, usually blood that should be kept inside some of the narrator's closest friends. From the very first page to the ve [...]

    11. A Long Way Gone. Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, Ishmael Beahتاریخ نخستین خوانش: نوزدهم فوریه سال 2016 میلادیعنوان: راهی طولانی که رفتم، خاطرات یک کودک سرباز؛ نویسنده: اسماعیل بئا (به آ)؛ مترجم: مژگان رنجبر؛ تهران، کوله پشتی، 1394؛ در 240 ص؛ شابک: 9786007642412؛ چاپ دوم 1395؛ شاید رقمی بالغ بر سیصدهزار کودک‌ْ سرباز، نشئه [...]

    12. For anyone out there who thinks war is "exciting" or "cool", that it's like a videogame or a film, this harrowing account from a former child soldier will make you think twice, no doubt about it. As he recalls the fear, grief and horror of the situation, his story becomes really powerful and one that hopefully people will remember for a long time.

    13. Gut-wrenching and virtually unbelievable to a modern, Western-minded suburban sheltered life, this compelling first hand account of contemporary struggle and tragedy landed like a thud in my soul. I read the book in about three days, and unfortunately it tempered my view of the people around me, wondering what atrocities they were capable of committing, what sort of terror these faces or even my own hands could carry out under the right circumstances. In the end, though, it is a tale of individu [...]

    14. هذا الكتاب/المذكرات يستحيل في ظني ألا تتعاطف معه هنا شهادة صادقة وموحية وأليمة لأحداثٍ عاشها كاتبها يومًا بيوم، واستطاع ببراعة فائقة أن يصفها ويعرضها بتفاصيلها القاسية المؤلمة، ويبدو لي أن الكاتب تمرَّن كثيرًا على الكتابة، أو هو ـ على الأقل ـ موهوبٌ بالفكرة، لأنه استطاع أ [...]

    15. As an over-privileged white American, it can be tough to even begin to fathom the struggles and atrocities that Africans face. When I started reading this book, I wondered if the stories Ishmael Beah would tell would be so horrific that I couldn't continue to read, much less comprehend, them. However, Meah tells his tale with a blend of humor, distance, and insight that took me right to the edge. Any further, and I think I would have shut down. Any less far, and I believe I wouldn't have gotten [...]

    16. "If you are alive, there is hope for a better day and something good to happen."This is an amazing memoir about a child soldier in Sierra Leone. In 1993, when Ishmael was 12, rebels attacked his village and he fled, never to see his parents again. After weeks of walking and scrounging for food, he was picked up by the government military, given an AK-47 and was trained how to fight. The boys were given drugs, including cocaine and amphetamines, and sent into battle. Ishmael spent years fighting [...]

    17. This is one of those uber-rare books that everyone in the world should be required to read. If I can cry while reading it on a train full of strangers and feel lifted up at the end of its conclusion, than I think it's touching in all the best ways. It is one of the most sincere books I've ever read in my life and contains chronicling of a type of human experience that I've never seen and find too easy to ignore, that of the child in a war state on the front lines. For those of you who love stori [...]

    18. Heartbreaking. I can't believe people have life experiences like Ishmael Beah. Ishmael, a 27 year-old refugee from Sierra Leone now living in New York City, left his home with his brother and some friends to practice a new rap routine in a neighboring village. He was twelve years old. He never saw his home or his parents again. Rebel forces attacked his village, killing most, and causing the rest to flee.Without a home to return to, he and his peers managed to spend several months wandering from [...]

    19. Good book- short, simple, he describes his experience as a child soldier. Pretty amazing, bc you figure not that many of those child soldiers have the opportunity or inkling to write about it. I do wish the book had a clearer timeline and sense of the history and politics surrounding his personal experience in the conflict, but hey- the guy is not a historian, so I am not gonna bitch about that.The topic of the Sierra Leone conflict though is FASCINATING, not to mention disgusting when you see w [...]

    20. I finally got around to reading the highly lauded A Long Way Gone.“Africa breaks your heart.” That’s what David Denby of The New Yorker concluded at the very beginning of his review for “Blood Diamond,” drawing on the then recent releases of “Hotel Rwanda,” “The Constant Gardener,” “And The Last King of Scotland.”I concur, having read Ishmael Beah’s memoir relatively close on the heels of Dave Eggers’ What is the What and Beasts of No Nation. I suppose I could complete [...]

    21. في كل مرة يأتي أناس إلينا وهم عازمون على قتلنا كنت أغلق عيني وأنتظر الموت. ورغم أني مازلت حياً، أشعر في كل مرة أسلم فيها للموت وكأن جزءاً مني يموت وسرعان ما سوف اموت تماما وكل ما سوف يبقى هو جسدى الفارغ يسير معكم . سوف يكون اكثرا هدوءا منى ”ان تكون جلاد وضحيه فى نفس الوقت . انا ت [...]

    22. الكتاب يجذبك من أول صفحة لآخر صفحة لقد صحبني الكاتب إشمائيل بيه معه في رحلته الشاقة الطويلة هذه الرحلة التي لن تملك سوى أن تدمع عيناك معه في بعض صفحاتها و بدلاً عنه في البعض الآخر !!! رحلة تأخذك لجمال طبيعة أفريقيا تحديداً هنا في سيراليون جمال أحراشها ونقاء أهلها الترابط ا [...]

    23. I listened to this on audio, and I adored the author's accent. I struggled to really emphathize with Ishmael for the first half of the book as the horrors of what was happening with him was so far removed from what I know. I can't even imagine children having to deal with these situations - as a victim, and as a perpetrator. The section that dealt with the rehabilitation of the child soldiers were my favorite section in the book. I admire the people who have the heart and the guts to do these am [...]

    24. How horrific! The amount of trauma both incurred and inflicted is immeasurable. What these boys have experienced simply to have their needs met is no way to live. Ishmael is the exception not the rule. 2017 Lenten nonfiction Buddy Reading Challenge book # 37

    25. الكتاب مؤلم جداُ و هذا طبيعي كونه يتناول مواضيع كالحرب الأهلية و تجنيد الأطفال،وما يجعل تلك المواضيع أكثر ألماً هو تناولها في قصص فردية بعيداً عن الأحصاءات.الكتاب يعرض في البداية لصور من نشأة أسماعيل و شغفه بالمويسقى واللعب في جو أسري هادئ ،لكن تصدمه الحرب التي تفرقه عن أبو [...]

    26. What an incredibly sad story. This book went full circle as it covered the life of a little boy in war-torn Sierra Leone. It starts out with him happily tucked between two families that love him, then he is ripped out of that little piece of reality . This story covers how the limits one sets for himself in life can be eroded away by life experiences that pick away at that line, blurring it, especially when survival and safety are on the line. Such tragedy.

    27. Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone tells the story of himself, a young teen in the midst of political upheaval, where rebels everywhere are killing many of the innocent civilians of Africa. The book is set in Sierra Leone, where many African rebels were causing chaos at every town they passed by. Hoping to survive and maybe reunite with his family, Ishmael runs around Sierra Leone, where rebels hope to recruit young Africans like Ishmael himself. Ishmael wanders around Sierra Leone, examining the [...]

    28. In the 1990s Sierra Leone, a small country in West Africa, found itself sinking into a very bloody internal war between corrupt government soldiers and armed rebels. It lasted at least ten years, and while now the country is stable and has a booming tourism industry, during the war countless innocent civilians were slaughtered and hundreds of boys were recruited by both sides.Ishmael is twelve when the rebels arrive at his small mining town in the south-west, not so far from the ocean. He is wit [...]

    29. It was one of the more incredible books I've ever read. The book is the true story of the author's life in Sierra-Leone, and the story of many other children swept up in the war there. When the author is 12-years-old his village is destroyed and his family lost. He wanders for years, sometimes with groups of other boys, sometimes alone, trying to avoid the rebels and to find a safe place to exist. Eventually swept into the war, hopped up on drugs and handed guns, the boys find themselves soldier [...]

    30. أفضل تعليق يمكن كتابته عن هذا الكتاب هو تعليق أختي سلسبيل إمام هنا/review/showو ما يمكن أن أزيده هو أن أقول أن هذا الكتاب هو قصة حقيقية مؤثرة عن الصراع في بلدٍ لا يدري أكثرنا أن حوالي 70% منه يدين بالإسلام, لكن ستعرف الكثير خلال قراءتك للكتاب عن طبيعة الدين الذي يختلط بالتراث الشعبي [...]

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