A Long Way Gone

A Long Way Gone

This is an extraordinary and mesmerizing account, told with real literary force and heartbreaking honesty.

Author: Ishmael Beah

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ISBN: 0143190172

Category: Child soldiers

Page: 240

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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 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.
Categories: Child soldiers

A Long Way Gone

A Long Way Gone

Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Ishmael Beah ... The Library of Congress has cataloged the hardcover edition as follows : Beah , Ishmael , 1980– A long way gone : memoirs of a boy soldier / by Ishmael Beah . —Ist ed . p .

Author: Ishmael Beah

Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books

ISBN: 9780374706524

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

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In A Long Way Gone Ishmael Beah 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. My new friends have begun to suspect I haven't told them the full story of my life. "Why did you leave Sierra Leone?" "Because there is a war." "You mean, you saw people running around with guns and shooting each other?" "Yes, all the time." "Cool." I smile a little. "You should tell us about it sometime." "Yes, sometime." This is how wars are fought now: by children, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. Children have become soldiers of choice. In the more than fifty conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them. What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? 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 until now, there has not been a first-person account from someone who came through this hell and survived. This is a rare and mesmerizing account, told with real literary force and heartbreaking honesty.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Radiance of Tomorrow

Radiance of Tomorrow

At the center of Radiance of Tomorrow are Benjamin and Bockarie, two longtime friends who return to their hometown, Imperi, after the civil war. The village is in ruins, the ground covered in bones.

Author: Ishmael Beah

Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books

ISBN: 9780374709433

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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A haunting, beautiful first novel by the bestselling author of A Long Way Gone When Ishmael Beah's A Long Way Gone was published in 2007, it soared to the top of bestseller lists, becoming an instant classic: a harrowing account of Sierra Leone's civil war and the fate of child soldiers that "everyone in the world should read" (The Washington Post). Now Beah, whom Dave Eggers has called "arguably the most read African writer in contemporary literature," has returned with his first novel, an affecting, tender parable about postwar life in Sierra Leone. At the center of Radiance of Tomorrow are Benjamin and Bockarie, two longtime friends who return to their hometown, Imperi, after the civil war. The village is in ruins, the ground covered in bones. As more villagers begin to come back, Benjamin and Bockarie try to forge a new community by taking up their former posts as teachers, but they're beset by obstacles: a scarcity of food; a rash of murders, thievery, rape, and retaliation; and the depredations of a foreign mining company intent on sullying the town's water supply and blocking its paths with electric wires. As Benjamin and Bockarie search for a way to restore order, they're forced to reckon with the uncertainty of their past and future alike. With the gentle lyricism of a dream and the moral clarity of a fable, Radiance of Tomorrow is a powerful novel about preserving what means the most to us, even in uncertain times. Named one of the Christian Science Monitor's best fiction books of 2014
Categories: Fiction

Child Soldiers in the Western Imagination

Child Soldiers in the Western Imagination

Ishmael Beah, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007), 123. Ibid., 119. Ibid., 164–169. Michael Clancy, “FactCheck: UNICEF Cannot Confirm Beah's Camp Brawl Claim,” Village Voice, March 19, ...

Author: David M Rosen

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813563725

Category: History

Page: 256

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When we hear the term “child soldiers,” most Americans imagine innocent victims roped into bloody conflicts in distant war-torn lands like Sudan and Sierra Leone. Yet our own history is filled with examples of children involved in warfare—from adolescent prisoner of war Andrew Jackson to Civil War drummer boys—who were once viewed as symbols of national pride rather than signs of human degradation. In this daring new study, anthropologist David M. Rosen investigates why our cultural perception of the child soldier has changed so radically over the past two centuries. Child Soldiers in the Western Imagination reveals how Western conceptions of childhood as a uniquely vulnerable and innocent state are a relatively recent invention. Furthermore, Rosen offers an illuminating history of how human rights organizations drew upon these sentiments to create the very term “child soldier,” which they presented as the embodiment of war’s human cost. Filled with shocking historical accounts and facts—and revealing the reasons why one cannot spell “infantry” without “infant”—Child Soldiers in the Western Imagination seeks to shake us out of our pervasive historical amnesia. It challenges us to stop looking at child soldiers through a biased set of idealized assumptions about childhood, so that we can better address the realities of adolescents and pre-adolescents in combat. Presenting informative facts while examining fictional representations of the child soldier in popular culture, this book is both eye-opening and thought-provoking.
Categories: History

The Cruel Radiance

The Cruel Radiance

Page 138. something quite extraordinary: Child soldiers are also used in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanamar, Colombia, Yemen, ... “the so-called army”: Ishmael Beah, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux ...

Author: Susie Linfield

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226482529

Category: Photography

Page: 344

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In The Cruel Radiance, Susie Linfield challenges the idea that photographs of political violence exploit their subjects and pander to the voyeuristic tendencies of their viewers. Instead she argues passionately that looking at such images—and learning to see the people in them—is an ethically and politically necessary act that connects us to our modern history of violence and probes the human capacity for cruelty. Grappling with critics from Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht to Susan Sontag and the postmoderns—and analyzing photographs from such events as the Holocaust, China’s Cultural Revolution, and recent terrorist acts—Linfield explores the complex connection between photojournalism and the rise of human rights ideals. In the book’s concluding section, she examines the indispensable work of Robert Capa, James Nachtwey, and Gilles Peress and asks how photography should respond to the increasingly nihilistic trajectory of modern warfare. A bracing and unsettling book, The Cruel Radiance convincingly demonstrates that if we hope to alleviate political violence, we must first truly understand it—and to do that, we must begin to look.
Categories: Photography

Casualties of War

Casualties of War

Child Soldiers and the Law : Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law of the Committee on the Judiciary, ... Our first witness , Ishmael Beah , is the author of " A Long Way Gone : Memoirs of a Child Soldier .

Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on the Judiciary. Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law

Publisher:

ISBN: PURD:32754075513519

Category: Child soldiers

Page: 112

View: 978

Categories: Child soldiers

Displacement Memory and Travel in Contemporary Migrant Writing

Displacement  Memory  and Travel in Contemporary Migrant Writing

Long. Way. Gone: Memoirs. of. a. Boy. Soldier. The previous chapters have examined the process of forced migration ... African child soldier and his long path of migration to the West with particular reference to Ishmael Beah's memoir.

Author: Jopi Nyman

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004342064

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 260

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This book examines contemporary literary representations of global mobility. It pays particular attention to refugee writing and displacement, migration and memory, and new European identities, and revises the field of postcolonial studies.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Reading for Action

Reading for Action

Connected Young Adult Literature The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation by M. T. Anderson A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah Copper Sun by Sharon Draper Hidden Girl: The True Story of a ...

Author: Ashley S. Boyd

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781475846683

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 218

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This book illuminates methods for drawing upon young adult literature to facilitate students’ social action.
Categories: Young Adult Nonfiction

Never Sleep Again the Most Dangerous Facts about a Long Way Gone

Never Sleep Again  the Most Dangerous Facts about a Long Way Gone

In this book, we have hand-picked the most sophisticated, unanticipated, absorbing (if not at times crackpot!), original and musing book reviews of "A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier.

Author: James Eadling

Publisher: Lennex

ISBN: 5458917847

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Page: 44

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In this book, we have hand-picked the most sophisticated, unanticipated, absorbing (if not at times crackpot!), original and musing book reviews of "A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier." Don't say we didn't warn you: these reviews are known to shock with their unconventionality or intimacy. Some may be startled by their biting sincerity; others may be spellbound by their unbridled flights of fantasy. Don't buy this book if: 1. You don't have nerves of steel. 2. You expect to get pregnant in the next five minutes. 3. You've heard it all.
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