Friday, February 16, 2007

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

Normally, I don't buy books without reading reviews & plot/summary before. I have no addiction for new #1 or best sellers books. since I only read few, I prefer to wait for critics review so that I can choice for my interest. But this book I found while walking thru a book store. Just after flipping thru some pages for 5-10mins, I decided to buy. [/that's my way of saying 'Great Book and Must Read'].

Ishmael Beah one of many African children, who were forced into local conflicts as boy Soldier. He is now 26yr old living US.

A Long Way Gone, is his riveting true life story. In this book about 12yr old wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence and fled attacking rebels by thirteen picking sides with government army. Beah, simple small village boy, found that he was capable of evil acts. Most of African wars are fought by children hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. Children are becoming soldiers of choice.

This books explains -- How African Civil wars fought today? How Children are effect? What is like for child soldiers? How simple boy transform into a killer? How to recover humanity? Life story of boy soldiers cannot be described by NGOs, journalists, working on ground. Until now very few had manage share light like Beah, someone who came through this hell and survived. This one of those few Memoirs told with honesty and real literary abilities.

This book is yet another re-assurance that:
a) Yes, Hope & Faith do have voice
b) Most of us has nothing to complain about and we are among few of most blessed people in this world.

also, Interesting to read :
NewYork Times: The Making, and Unmaking, of a Child Soldier by By ISHMAEL BEAH


Anita said...

Sorry for an off topic comment.
I have a blog about books and comics

Can we exchange links? If yes then add me in your blogroll and let me know. I will add you in my blogroll.

Yuva said...

anita.. thanx for stopping by.. yes, i have added your link to my blogrolling..

Anonymous said...

Wooooow... this is some blog I want to read when I am at peace.. :).. will surely come over.. Nice to know that you read so many books!

And thanks for stopping by and leaving such encouraging words... :).. Felt good!

Justin said...

Great, now I'll have to pick up this book and add it to the other 50 or so on my reading list.

I came across your site when I was looking for people who might be interested in joining my new book community:

I figured I'd share the link at least.

Kris said...

This sounds like a very good book, I'm going to add it to my wish list and suggest it for my bookclub.