At the beginning of the book with dogs, he is a young boy whose parents are separated and loves performing rap with his elder brother and friends. After armed forced attack his home village, he, his brother, and friends are left orphans and wander around seeking shelter. Ishmael is eventually claimed as a child soldier for the Sierra Leone Armed Forces at age While there, he is recruited to travel to the United States to speak at a United Nations event about child soldiers.
When he is twelve years old, Beah's village is attacked while he is away performing in a rap group with friends. Among the confusion, violence, and uncertainty of the war, Ishmael, his brother, and his friends wander from village to village in search of food and shelter.
Their day-to-day existence is a struggle of survival, and the boys find themselves committing acts they would never have believed themselves capable of, such as stealing food from children.
Eventually, Ishmael is conscripted as a soldier by the army and he becomes the very thing he feared: The army becomes his family and he is brainwashed into believing that each rebel death may avenge his own family's slaughter.
The boy soldiers become addicted to cocaine, marijuana, and "brown brown," which give them the courage to fight and the ability to repress their emotions in times of war.
Ishmael is taken to a rehabilitation center, where he struggles to understand his past and to imagine a future. The love and compassion he finds at the center from a nurse named Esther opens up an understanding and forgiveness within himself.
Ishmael is welcomed by his extended family in Freetown and is again saved by their support and kindness. Ishmael is invited along with other children of war to New York City to tell his story to the United Nations.
He learns that others like him have suffered and survived. He meets Laura Simms, a storyteller and his future foster mom, and sees the importance of sharing his experience with the world in hopes of preventing such horrors from happening to other children. After Ishmael returns to Freetown, Sierra Leone, a coup by the RUF and the military ousts the civilian government, and the war Ishmael has been avoiding catches up with him.
After his uncle's death, Ishmael flees Sierra Leone for neighboring Guinea and eventually makes his way to his new life in the United States.In A LONG WAY GONE: MEMOIRS OF A BOY SOLDIER, Ishmael Beah tells his experience as a child soldier from Sierra Leone.
A gripping story of a child’s journey through hell and back. There may be as many as , child soldiers, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AKs, in more than fifty conflicts around the world.
Ishmael Beah’s memoir A Long Way Gone () documents Beah’s time spent as a child soldier in Sierra Leone. The memoir begins in in New York City and flashes back to Beah’s life in his. The book titled A Long Way Gone is memoirs of Sierra-Leonean author and former child soldier during Sierra-Leone Civil War.
Beah not only talks about the war, but /5(27). A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah Rating: ***** (5 Stars) Book Length: pages Genre: Memoir, War, Nonfiction, African Nonfiction Imagine your entire world changing one day while you are going about an innocent childhood day.
That is what happened to Ishmael Beah.
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A Long Way Gone is a clear-eyed, undeniably compelling look at wartime violence. and if you read his stunning and unflinching memoir, you'll be haunted, too It would have been enough if Ishmael Beah had merely survived the horrors described in A Long Way Gone.
A Long Way Gone.
Feb 25, · The great benefit of Ishmael Beah’s memoir, “A Long Way Gone,” is that it may help us arrive at an understanding of this situation. Beah’s autobiography is almost unique, as far as I can.