This photo makes it hard for me to crack this cover. Especially in my cushy, 1st world, latte drinking backyard. But I‘m going anyways because this is the world I live in and I‘m trying to wrap my arms and heart around it...💔
At 13, Beah was forced to be a child soldier in Sierra Leone until he was rescued by an international relief organization. It's a powerful account, but comes up a bit short. His kidnapping into the army and his rehabilitation afterwards were detailed, but his time in the army covers less than a chapter. Maybe it was written that way on purpose -- maybe Beah doesn't WANT to remember it. But as a memoir, this lack of detail detracts from the story.
Second book that I‘ve read with the 10th grade English class that some of my social comm students are in and it was just as gut wrenching as the first one we read (Sold).
This is an extraordinary account of a boy who survived being a child soldier, rehabilitated by UNICEF, and was able to be repatriated. Only to then find himself in the face of war again and forced to leave Sierra Leone for good. #ItsGreatToBeAHawk
#AbbaInAugust Read this true life account of a boy #solider for bookclub many years ago 😢💔 What‘s so upsetting is this “story” occurred in MY lifetime, not my parents,grandparents or great grandparents generation 😫We, as citizens of the world NEED to do better. ( I know, I‘m preaching to the choir...Littens are amazing) Happy Friday, friends 🍹💐☀️ images from Google
Have not read this, sounds harrowing.
A story of a young boy forced to become a killer, a child soldier during the Sierra Leone's civil war. ‘This is how wars are fought now by children, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. Children have become soldiers of choice.‘
I first heard about Ishmael Beah when I heard him tell a story on @mothstories . The Moth piece stuck with me because it was a powerful piece told so beautifully. Beah‘s memoir of his life as a boy soldier in Sierra Leone is raw in its honesty and devastating in its depiction of war. I was grateful to have a smiling photo of the author on the back and to know that out of horror and loss he was able, as best he could, to build a new life.
I don't think it's an exaggeration to call this book a miracle. To have experienced what Beah has and have the bravery to put it down in written form for others who know nothing of child soldiers is more than anyone could expect- to have it be this perfect is an added blessing. We are all in Beah's debt for this memoir and the light it shines on one of war's most unconscionable evils. #LitWorld2018GB Sierra Leone @GatheringBooks
My daughter's Freshman GT/AP English books. They are new to me. Anxious to hear thoughts on these.
Ishmael is a brave and remarkable man for sharing his story. There's so much more I'm struggling to figure out how to put into words, so instead I'll just say everyone should read this. One of the most challenging parts is when you realize the ones you thought were supposed to be the "good" guys have almost the same feelings (or lack of),thoughts and actions as the bad guys. #lrc9 #litsyreadingchallenge #readharder2017
Someone gave me this book after reading it for her high school English class. I'm so glad she did. It's very intense and does have graphic details of what he saw as a boy soldier. The book gives insight into the mind of a young child soldier. How they feel and how they get the mindset of killing.
The subject of this memoir was heartbreaking, but the writing wasn't great. Even though I wanted to love this book based on how sad the subject made me, I just couldn't shake the feeling that the author would have benefited from the help of a ghost writer.
Just finished this today. It was so good, so #thoughtprovoking, but so so hard to read. I would highly recommend it for anyone thinking about the nature of violence and how it effects children and culture. Ishmael's story was incredibly moving and should be read by more people! #aprilbookshowers
I read a lot of books about war, and here are the four highest on my tbr! I've already read some of On War which is suuuuuuper dry but interesting, I am really looking forward to the two memoirs, and Schadlow's book looks fascinating! #bookaboutwar #marchmadness
I hit the library book sale today! I listened to A long way gone on audiobook a few years ago and found it so moving and heart breaking. For some reason, it has been on my mind lately. Now I have it. I am going to read the books I have checked out, my gifts from #cupidgoespostal @Reviewsbylola and then today's purchases. I'm having a #book feast ❤️📚👓
Such a lovely book! His descriptions of his life before and after the war were so heart breakingly beautiful. His description of his naming ceremony is, hands down, one of the most beautiful I've ever read. Thank you, @Melwilk ❤️
It's really hard to get a 25lb cat in the frame. As usual he thinks you read by sitting on the book #catsoflitsy
This is my #TBRTuesday currently. I have to read A Long Way Gone and finish Jane Eyre before school starts. It's rough because I do not like Jane Eyre. I know others love it, but I just don't know why 😂 I want to read everything else so much, but Jane is like a weighted chain around my neck.
#SpinePoetry #24in48 #readthon #tbr stack.
"When I was very little, my father used to say, 'If you are alive, there is hope for a better day and something good to happen. If there is nothing good left in the destiny of a person, he or she will die.' I thought about these words during my journey, and they kept me moving even when I didn't know where I was going. Those words became the vehicle that drove my spirit forward and made it stay alive."