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5.0 out of 5 stars I admire his resilience, February 15, 2007
This review is from: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier (Hardcover)
A Long Way Gone was a remarkable book. The narration is divided into three parts--before the war, being a soldier, and learning to become human again. The LL Cool J and Run DMC references surprised me because it showed just how far-reaching music (and media) can be. Sadly, the opposite is not true: little media attention was (is) given to the plight of child soldiers around the world. I hope this book will start the conversation.

I was struck, and almost disturbed, by the matter-of-fact tone Beah used to describe the atrocities he committed, but his overall linguistic elegance made the descriptions of his travels and the reflections on his life uplifting by the end. How he was able to "rehabilitate" himself after living that surreal life demonstrates his strong sense of self. The book ends somewhat suddenly, but then, Beah's life story is still unfolding at age 26. This is a stark, but beautiful, narrative.
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Initial post: Dec 26, 2009 8:42:41 AM PST
Kathy Miller says:
I was glad to see that someone else thought it ended suddenly. I actually thought maybe my version had left off the last chapter. I would have at least like to read that he made it on the flight to the US...felt unfinished.

My son is working as an unpaid roadie this year traveling across the US to tell people about the child soldiers of Uganda and make people aware that this is still happening in parts of the world. This is a 20 year war that no one seems to know about here. Invisible Children is an organization working to help those children. That is why I found this account so riveting!!
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