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A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
by Ishmael Beah
Edition: Hardcover

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss out on reading this!, 3 July 2007
I bought this book out of inquisitiveness! I knew nothing of Ishamel Beah or his story before reading. As I was reading it on a plane another passenger recognised his face from the back cover. She'd heard him speak at international conferences etc and raved about the amazing story of this young boy's rehabilitation from being a boy soldier.

I was gripped by the story only putting it down when I had to go into business meetings over the next 2/3 days. This story is a real balance between on one side the horrors of the unrest/war in Sierra Leone and on the other the love, commitment and unwavering support that Beah received during his rehab, in particular when he did not want to be rehabilitated! The book spells out exactly how easy it was for Beah to fall into fighting as a soldier and how hard it was for him to return to any sort of normal life. Read it or lose out!

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