A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

Wow… Just wow. This book is about Ishmael Beah, a boy from Sierra Leone, that was run out of his home village by rebel groups. While everybody was running for their lives, Ishmael lost his parents in the chaos. On Ishmael’s journey to find his parents he encounters rebels, war from a first person point of view, drugs, extreme hunger, and deep depression. He also experiences brotherhood, life from a different perspective and knowledge on how to survive on your own. This is one the best books that I have never read, this book expresses how quickly things happen in his life that wouldn’t happen in an entire lifetime of most people in America. Its sad to say, but reading the hardships of Ishmael’s life was entertaining and made me feel like I was right there with him, watching these events happen. I’ll tell you how you will feel after reading this book, after reading the book you’ll see a homeless man on your street and realize that to Ishmael, that homeless man is blessed. I am very happy to have the privilege to even know about Ishmael’s story, and i’m happy to see the world as it is. In Sierra Leone at this time people were happy to find a dead bird on the ground while we were complaining that our tapes weren’t working (first world problems), but after reading “A Long Way Gone” you will be happy that you even have clothes.

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One thought on “A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

  1. It’s crazy how readers can be so profoundly effected by the characters in novels. Ishmaels’s story sounds very humbling. Have you finished the book? How else do you identify with the characters in the novel? I hope you’re having a wonderful summer Jordan!!!

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