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A Long Way Gone
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier | Ishmael Beah
A human rights activist offers a firsthand account of war from the perspective of a former child soldier, detailing the violent civil war that wracked his native Sierra Leone and the government forces that transformed a gentle young boy into a killer as a member of the army.
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jveezer
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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...💔

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ItsMeeshCapiche
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A touching retelling of how life can change in an instant.

#autobiography #war #truestory #sierraleone #childsoldiers

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Amiable
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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.

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Book_Lust
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Guys, this is my first time and I‘m so excited!!!! 😊👏😍📚Five memoirs I‘ve been meaning to read at some point in my life. They all look good to me! Any preferences?
#lmpbc #round4 #groupI

jessinikkip A friend of mine read the one about reading Lolita and said it was good. I have not already read any of them and they all look good to me, honestly 13mo
Readergrrl These are great! I‘ve read Lolita, Long Way Gone, and 3 Cups. I‘m not familiar with the other two. But, please, pick what you like; I‘m always happy for a reread! 13mo
CouronneDhiver You can‘t go wrong with any of those choices! 13mo
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LibrarianJen
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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

BookaholicNatty This book has been sitting on my shelf for awhile, I really need to read it!!! 13mo
LibrarianJen @BookaholicNatty it‘s good. It‘s also a quick read, only 218 pages and definitely worth it. 13mo
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Cinfhen
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#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

LeahBergen I met him at a reading and ohhhh... it certainly brought it right home. 💔 1y
Cinfhen He looks like he‘s a charming man @LeahBergen and his photo is 😍I‘m sure he was a fabulous speaker 1y
TrishB Not acceptable 😞💔 1y
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TrishB Hope you had a great reunion ❤️ 1y
Cathythoughts Heartbreaking ... it‘s all so wrong 1y
Cinfhen Sooooooo happy to have my baby home @TrishB 💚💙💚💙💚 1y
TrishB I bet 💜❤️ 1y
Mdargusch Wow! This sounds heartbreaking! 1y
emilyhaldi Terrible 💔 1y
Reviewsbylola I‘ve been wanting to read this for years. Must make it a priority! 1y
mrp27 This has been on my self for years now. Too afraid of the impending heartbreak. 1y
CouronneDhiver Yes - I remember this book. Heartbreaking and hopeful 1y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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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.‘

#HeatofJuly #toysoldiers

Cathythoughts Desperately sad to see this 💔 1y
BarbaraBB Such a harsh reality 1y
Cinfhen This book has been on my TBR for ages. So sad 😢😢 I read a similar story which was harrowing but inspirational 1y
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Wife I listened to the audiobook years ago and am still haunted. It is one of the best audiobooks I‘ve ever listened to. 🌹 1y
Cortg This book os sitting on my bookshelf. I need to read it! 1y
Billypar I read it a few months ago- incredibly sad, but the author did an amazing job chronicling such a disturbing period of his life. 1y
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Kristy_K
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I‘ve been sick for almost a week now and haven‘t been able to concentrate on any books so I finished this one as an audiobook.

Another tragic story. I didn‘t connect as much to Beah as I have to some other authors b/c I felt the writing was really detached.

⭐️⭐️⭐️

#memoir #sierraleone

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Erynecki
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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.

Suet624 I heard his story too. Tough to listen to. 1y
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Billypar
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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

AceOnRoam 😢😢 1y
HolyCluster Hmm 🤔 1y
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jveezer I have Ahmadou‘s ‘Allah is Not Obliged‘ waiting on my shelf. Same travesty of childhood, different country. 1y
Billypar @jveezer It's depressing how common such a terrible practice is. I didn't even know about the whole drug angle to it. I stacked the one you mentioned. 1y
jveezer @Billypar Yes. It‘s one of the scourges of the modern world. The Nigerian/Eritrean version is wonderfully written by Adichie in ‘Half a Yellow Sun‘. Also depressing and enraging. 1y
Billypar @jveezer I think that's the Adichie I was planning on reading next- I've heard universally good things. I do at least like being in the position to have enough awareness to be enraged- seems like a worthy reading goal when it comes to a lot of issues. 1y
ValerieAndBooks I think we have this lying around somewhere here— one of my kids had this for required reading some time ago and I meant to read it as well. I‘ll have to ask where it is and move it up my TBR. 1y
Billypar @ValerieAndBooks It was on my shelf for while before I picked it up. Not an easy subject to stomach but I'm glad I finally got to it. 1y
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EllieDottie
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Thank you so much for the tag @Jess7 😊
Sorry it‘s one day late 😏

1) The Big Comfy Couch? I can‘t remember any more of the top of my head!
2) A Long Way Gone by Ismael Beah
3) Sushi
4) The Super Bowl 💜

#friyayintro

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JustJessy
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The prisoner was simply another rebel who was responsible for the death of my family, as I had come to truly believe.

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Texreader
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My daughter's Freshman GT/AP English books. They are new to me. Anxious to hear thoughts on these.

Clwojick I just got that top book for free the other day! Also curious about how it will be. 😌I'm pretty sure I'll need a box of Kleenex, it looks like it'll be pretty raw, and full of emotion. 2y
drokka Persepolis (that's just book 1, yes?) is fantastic. It's a young girl/teen growing up during the Iranian revolution (?). So it teaches culture, how things changed for women when the politics shifted, and just how similar girls are around the world. It's an A+ choice in my opinion. (Book 2 is the college years) I haven't read the others. 2y
Leniverse Persepolis is excellent. She'll want to read the whole thing. It's a total of 4 books, but printed in two volumes, or as one in The Complete Persepolis. There is so much there I never knew about life in Iran. 2y
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Leniverse And I mean seriously, it's so good. Snag it now and read it before she does! 😂 2y
Melwilk I use A Long Way Gone with my freshman English class. It is very good (yes on the Kleenex), and the students find it very moving. 2y
ScientistSam A Long Way Gone is great, and heartbreaking 2y
Karkar The top one sounds like an interesting read! 2y
MissSarahLou Persepolis is wonderful! 2y
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jen_hayes7
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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

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Jazruiz.2014
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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.

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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.

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EllieDottie
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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

tjwill I absolutely loved this book. Definitely thought-provoking and heart-breaking. 3y
CouronneDhiver This was a beautiful book... very highly recommended! 📚 3y
EllieDottie @tjwill @CouronneDhiver I am so glad I read it! 3y
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EllieDottie
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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

tjwill A Long Way Gone is heart wrenching. I loved it so much. I have randomly re-read sections of it over the years. 3y
Smangela Wow the memoirs look amazing! 3y
AlaMich I love books about the Navajo code-talkers...must be the former linguistics major in me. ☺️But it's super interesting to think about the fact that the Germans couldn't break the code because the Navajo language was completely inaccessible to them. 3y
EllieDottie @tjwill @Smangela @AlaMich your comments are making me move them up even closer to the top of my tbr! Maybe I can get them done in March! 3y
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DGRachel
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josie281 Oh! How was Cured?? 3y
DGRachel @josie281 I haven't read it yet. It's on my TBR for this year for one of the challenges. I'm looking forward to it! 3y
josie281 Can't wait for your thoughts on it! Adding to my TBR! 3y
Melwilk This is a great book. I use it with my freshman English class. 3y
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Wife
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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 ❤️📚👓

tjwill #NiceStack! A Long Way Gone is amazing! 3y
Reviewsbylola Wow, you have a lot to choose from! The Rules of Civility is fantastic. 3y
LeahBergen Falling Leaves is great. 👍🏼 3y
ptkpepe98 The Sociopath Next Door...when you realize you have one in your life, it's so good to realize you don't deserve the ill-treatment and it's time to ease on down the road. That book was so helpful for this people pleaser. 3y
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DHill
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I haven't read this yet but the reviews look compelling. Will have to put it on my February TBR. #readjanuary #autobiography

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Marylou

"Perhaps it was necessary that he cling to raise hopes, since they kept him running away from harm."

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Smrloomis
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Look, look! This is on sale. I loved this when I read it a few years ago.

RebeccaH Bought! 3y
Smrloomis @RebeccaH YESSSSS! 👍🏽 3y
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Yellowpigeon
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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 ❤️

Melwilk I am so happy you liked it. I thought it was a very moving book. I used it with my 9th grade English students, and they were so taken with the story. 3y
Yellowpigeon @Melwilk, it's very strange though. I expected to be horrified and saddened by the book. But instead I found myself drawn to the absolute love he had for his country. I'm thrilled to learn that this is being taught. The hardest thing for me was that he is 5 years older than I am but I had no idea this occurred. Glad to pufft that knowledge gap. 3y
Melwilk Yes, I just thought he wrote it beautifully. I so agree with you about being saddened that I had no knowledge of this before I read the book. 3y
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Yellowpigeon
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*sob*

ChasingOm This book has been on my TBR for YEARS. I think I need to move it to "Must Read 2017." ? 3y
Yellowpigeon @ChasingOm, do it!!! It seems every page has something beautiful that should be shared 3y
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Yellowpigeon
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It's really hard to get a 25lb cat in the frame. As usual he thinks you read by sitting on the book #catsoflitsy

RiotMom 😂😂 3y
Joybishoptx Too cute! 3y
Alfoster Well, let's face it; it WOULD be easier if we could just sit on books to read them! (And we could do it even when we were supposed to be paying attention to something else)!😂😂😂 3y
SusanInTiburon Handsome! 3y
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Yellowpigeon
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Dealing with this cold by cuddling my favorite cat, reading a good book #catsoflitsy

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Aseleener
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#booktober My interpretation of #diversereads is books that describe a culture different from my own. Here are just a few I have read that explore different cultures. #diverse @RealLifeReading

RealLifeReading Great selection! 3y
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DGRachel
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Working on diversifying my bookshelves with today's #bookhaul: two international crime fiction novels based outside of the US or Europe (one in South Africa and the other in Thailand) and a non-fiction memoir that I know will rip my heart out.

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Melwilk
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#BookPhotoChallenge Here is my #TBR pile for right now. I have to read A Long Way Gone for school, and the others I pulled off of my larger TBR pile based on the recommendations of Litsy members.

LauraBeth I've had Gilead on my TBR forever 3y
Varshitha I love Memoirs of a Giesha!! 3y
Reviewsbylola Loved One Thousand White Women! 3y
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Ms.Story I read this for a YA Lit course - a heartbreaking read 3y
thebookmagpie Gilead 💕 3y
MrBook Nice stack! 3y
Zelma Great choices! 3y
SusanInTiburon You have a lot to look forward to. 3y
TheSpinecrackersBookClub Great TBR pile! 3y
Titania Good stack! Especially fond of Gilead. So much good stuff in that book! 3y
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Melwilk
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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.

[DELETED] 2232195534 What about listening to it or doing the serial read thing? 3y
MrBook 😂👍🏻 I feel that way with certain books and authors. They just can't let you go with their powers. 3y
Reviewsbylola I love the serial app for classics that I don't want to read otherwise but you probably wouldn't have time for that unless you read multiple issues a day. I feel like it takes the pressure off. 3y
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Reviewsbylola Oh and I loved One Thousand White Women! 3y
Melwilk @Reviewsbylola @kaysreadinglife Those are great suggestions, but I need to annotate my book. Grr... I did not choose Jane. 3y
Melwilk @Reviewsbylola That is great to hear about One Thousand White Women. I just snagged that at a library sale. 3y
BookishMarginalia It was only upon third reading that I fell in love with Jane -- I find her quite funny and sassy now. (I'm an English teacher!) 3y
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sracorinna
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#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."