Its language is clumsy at times and some chapters flow without pause for reflection on the significance of events discussed. Beah was born in in rural Sierra Leone and lived what seems to have been an uneventful life, shuttling between his divorced parents' houses, doted on by loving grandparents and enjoying the rap music that provided him with his first creative outlet - and incidentally with a means of saving his life on more than one occasion.
It is as if we now live in a perpetual present where memory has currency only as a means of securing social standing.
Ishmael truly feels like he belongs when he is with them. Returning to Freetown after his speaking event, he eventually made his way back to the United States.
Talloi, Gibrilla, Kaloko, and Khalilou: A nurse at the shelter whom Ishmael develops a friendship with. Possible explanations for any inaccuracies include the trauma of war as experienced by a young child, the drug use described in his account, and the possibility that Beah was tacitly encouraged by outsiders to compile stories from multiple sources into a singular autobiographical account.
They escape the attack of Mattru Jong by RUF forces, but are later split apart by another attack in a different village. Even more important, it admonishes us to think of young people affected by war who should occupy far more of our news pages and television screens. Musa is the group's storyteller.
On the way, it turns out that their village was also captured by the RUF. As he takes us through a life of battles, promotions and unfathomable acts of cruelty, we almost forget he is only a boy. Talloi, Gibrilla, Kaloko, and Khalilou: The report claimed that Beah's village was destroyed in rather thanand that given the more compressed time frame, he could not have been a soldier for more than a couple of months, rather than the years that he describes in his book.
According to an old man who was sitting outside the village, most of the people had fled to a village on the Sierra Leone coast. In search of safety, the group of boys and Ishmael go to that village, but soon leave. Singerinvestigator and author of Children at War.
Ishmael's initial traveling companions. It is unknown what happens to him. Ishmael truly feels like he belongs when he is with them. After many uneventful days, the lieutenant in charge of the troops in the village announced that the RUF was beginning to assault the village.
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.
We assume that the struggles we fight are ideological compared to the savage civil conflict that destroyed Beah's childhood. The drugs he used are described in the book as " brown brown ", "white pills", cocaine, and marijuana.
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 admits that he loves her, but never sees her again after he leaves Freetown.
A nurse at the shelter whom Ishmael develops a friendship with. It is unknown what happens to his friends afterwards. There were 57 children present at the meeting, and each told his or her story to the UN.
The conflict was to last through most of the s and, in common with the civil war in Liberia, became intimately linked with the use of child soldiers.
Rescue and rehabilitation[ edit ] In Januaryduring one of the roll calls, a group of men wearing UNICEF shirts round up several boys and takes them to a shelter in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetownwhere they and several other child soldiers are to be rehabilitated.
Accuracy dispute[ edit ] InThe Australian reported that aspects of Beah's account of his life story did not match other evidence.A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier () is a memoir written by Ishmael Beah, an author from Sierra Leone.
The book is a firsthand account of Beah's time as a child soldier during the civil war in Sierra Leone (s). A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah pp, Fourth Estate, £ As the media grows increasingly concerned with our private lives, and individuals in the west have come to understand that the quickest route to fame is to shamelessly reveal all, the art of the memoir has become debased.
But even if there are details that don't conform exactly to what happened, is that such a big deal? If an author doesn't tell the absolute truth, does that make his ideas any less True? Does it make the story less important? Shmoop doesn't think so. And we're not the only ones who think Ishmael's story is important.
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Summary. Ishmael returns to his Uncle's home in Freetown and begins the school year. The students know that he was a boy soldier and fear that he'll snap at any moment and hurt them, so they sit apart and refuse to speak to Ishmael and Mohamed. Ishmael begins calling Mohamed his brother so that neither of them have to explain their past.Download