- Title: A long way gone: Memoirs of a boy soldier
- Author: Ishmael Beah
- Genre: Memoir
- Pages: 229
- Rating: 4 stars
Happy new year!!!! Its 2017 and the best part about a new year is a blank slate. Setting new goals, that kind of thing. And goals should always include reading goals because education is a life long persuit andddd life is just so much better with books in it.
2016 has been a beautiful year in more than one way. And yet as much as it has been beautiful, it has also been harrowing…and painful…and tragic. A lot of things the world-over have changed the course of history. We’ve had shaky political climate, relationships have still had their fare share and everything is more expensive. On the plus side, connectivity to the world through the internet has massively improved(talk about a small village!). But for book lovers everywhere, it has been an adventurous and curious one. That said I have purposed to read at least 30 books this year. And share all of them here with you because sharing is caring :-D.
I have already finished my first book of the year and this one required a box of tissues to get through(I’m a very emotional person) This one I got from a workmate and it is heart-wrenching to say the least. Its a necessary book to read because understanding the plight and life of another is no mean feat. The way it begins just gives so much suspense and excitement you just want to dive in
“My high school friends in New York have began to suspect I haven’t told them the full story of my life.
‘Why did you leave Sierra Leone?’
‘Because of the war.’
‘Did you witness some of the fighting?’
‘Everyone in the country did’
‘You mean you saw people running around with guns and shooting at each other?’
‘Yes, all the time’
I smile a little.
‘You should tell us about it sometime’
‘Yes, sometime’ ”
I knew very little of Sierra Leone before I read this book and that’s the beauty about reading. It forces you to get out of your comfort zone and reach out to the unknown. I did. Being the researcher that I am, I went online and tried to find out as much as possible. Nothing could have prepared me for the first person account of such pain. War is fucked up and war is ugly and I understood why the author kept asking himself in anger and bitterness why he got to be the one to survive when everyone who was dear to him was shot left right and center.
A book that will make you question why guns had to be invented in the first place
A book that will make you appreciate the peace you have taken for granted ever since you wear born
A book that will have you wondering just how far your resolve would go if you were in those circumstances
A book that is both heartbreaking and beautifully written
Reading African books has brought a better picture and understanding of Africa not just for me but from my friends who are from all walks of life. From the effects of immigration in Ethiopia to the silencing of the people in Kenya, to apartheid in South Africa to the Biafra war in Nigeria, War has defined this continent in the most haunting and harrowing ways…different countries…same accounts.
Get this book for yourself, for a white friend who considers Africa a country, to a politician who thinks this is the answer, to a self entitled child. It is a beautiful book despite its brutality
HAPPY READING 2017!
Ps: what are your reading goals for the year
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