Title: A Long Way Gone – Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Author: Ishmael Beah
Finished: October 22
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publish Year: 2008
Fiction or non-fiction? Non-fiction.
What led you to pick up this book? It was the book club choice for October
Plot summary: The story of Ishmael, a young boy, is Sierra Leone, who witnesses first hand the war in the early 1990s and eventually goes on to become a soldier to fight in the war against the rebels in order to survive and avenge the death of his family.
What did you like most about the book? I like how the entire bookcomes full circle. You start with a happy boy, then into war, then recovery, happiness, war, and finally freedom.
What did you think of the ending? I wasn’t sure how it was going to end, but having finished it I wish that I could hear more about his journey to New York and finding his new family, did he have contact anymore with the family he left behind. I feel like I’m still missing a crutial part of the story. The only reason I know he survived is because he wrote the book.
Do you recommend this book? If you use a rating system, what’s your rating? Most definitely. I’d give it 4.5/5.
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