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Produktinformation

  • Taschenbuch: 229 Seiten
  • Verlag: Farrar, Strauß and Giroux; Auflage: Reprint (5. August 2008)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0374531269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374531263
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,9 x 1,7 x 20,7 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.6 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (11 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 15.486 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

Mehr über den Autor

Ishmael Beah, geboren 1980 in Sierra Leone, war zwölf, als der Bürgerkrieg in sein Leben einbrach. Er verlor seine Eltern und seinen Bruder im Krieg. Nach drei Jahren als Kindersoldat in der Nationalarmee gelangte er mithilfe von UNICEF in ein Rehabilitationscamp. Der Weg zurück in die Normalität wird lang und schmerzhaft. Heute lebt Ishmael Beah in New York. Er arbeitet für Human Rights Watch und engagiert sich weltweit für vom Krieg betroffene Kinder.

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Pressestimmen

“Everyone in the world should read this book. Not just because it contains an amazing story, or because it’s our moral, bleeding-heart duty, or because it’s clearly written. We should read it to learn about the world and about what it means to be human.” —Washington Post
 
“A breathtaking and unselfpitying account of how a gentle spirit survives a childhood from which all innocence has suddenly been sucked out.  It's a truly riveting memoir.” —Time  
 
“Beah is a gifted writer. . . Read his memoir and you will be haunted . . . It’s a high price to pay, but it’s worth it.” —Newsweek.com

“Deeply moving, even uplifting…Beah's story, with its clear-eyed reporting and literate particularity—whether he's dancing to rap, eating a coconut or running toward the burning village where his family is trapped—demands to be read.”
People (Critic’s Choice, Four stars)
 
“Beah’s memoir, A Long Way Gone (Farrar, Straus and ­Giroux), is unforgettable testimony that Africa’s children—millions of them dying and orphaned by preventable diseases, hundreds of thousands of them forced into battle—have eyes to see and voices to tell what has happened. And what voices! How is it possible that 26-year-old Beah, a nonnative English speaker, separated from his family at age 12, taught to maim and to kill at 13, can sound such notes of ­family happiness, of friendship under duress, of quiet horror? No outsider could have written this book, and it’s hard to imagine that many ­insiders could do so with such acute vision, stark language, and tenderness. It is a heart-rending achievement.” —Melissa Fay Greene, Elle

“When Beah is finally approached about the possibility of serving as a spokesperson on the issue of child soldiers, he knows exactly what he wants to tell the world: “I would always tell people that I believe children have the resilience to outlive their sufferings, if given a chance.”
Others may make the same assertions, but Beah has the advantage of stating them in the first person. That makes A Long Way Gone all the more gripping.” —Christian Science Monitor 
 
“In place of a text that has every right to be a diatribe against Sierra Leone, globalization or even himself, Beah has produced a book of such self-effacing humanity that refugees, political fronts and even death squads resolve themselves back into the faces of mothers, fathers and siblings. A Long Way Gone transports us into the lives of thousands of children whose lives have been altered by war, and it does so with a genuine and disarmingly emotional force.” —Minneapolis Star-Tribune 
 
“What Beah saw and did during [the war] has haunted him ever since, and if you read his stunning and unflinching memoir, you'll be haunted, too . . . It would have been enough if Ishmael Beah had merely survived the horrors described in A Long Way Gone. That he has written this unforgettable firsthand account of his odyssey is harder still to grasp. Those seeking to understand the human consequences of war, its brutal and brutalizing costs, would be wise to reflect on Ishmael Beah's story.” —Philadelphia Inquirer


“Beah speaks in a distinctive voice, and he tells an important story.” —The Wall Street Journal 
 
“Hideously effective in conveying the essential horror of his experiences.” —Kirkus Reviews
 
“Extraordinary . . . A ferocious and desolate account of how ordinary children were turned into professional killers.” —The Guardian UK
 
"A Long Way Gone is one of the most important war stories of our generation. The arming of children is among the greatest evils of the modern world, and yet we know so little about it because the children themselves are swallowed up by the very wars they are forced to wage. Ishmael Beah has not only emerged intact from this chaos, he has become one of its most eloquent chroniclers. We ignore his message at our peril." —Sebastian Junger, author of A Death in Belmont and A Perfect Storm

"This is a beautifully written book about a shocking war and the children who were forced to fight it. Ishmael Beah describes the unthinkable in calm, unforgettable language; his memoir is an important testament to the children elsewhere who continue to be conscripted into armies and militias." —Steve Coll, author of Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for general Nonfiction
 
"This is a wrenching, beautiful, and mesmerizing tale. Beah's amazing saga provides a haunting lesson about how gentle folks can be capable of great brutalities as well goodness and courage. It will leave you breathless." —Walter Isaacson, author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
 
A Long Way Gone hits you hard in the gut with Sierra Leone’s unimaginable brutality and then it touches your soul with unexpected acts of kindness. Ishmael Beah’s story tears your heart to pieces and then forces you to put it back together again, because if Beah can emerge from such horror with his humanity in tact, it’s the least you can do.” —Jeannette Walls, author of The Glass Castle: A Memoir

Synopsis

The first-person account of a 25-year-old who fought in the war in Sierra Leone as a 12-year-old boy. 'My new friends have begun to suspect that I haven't told them the full story of my life. "Why did you leave Sierra Leone?" "Because there is a war." "You mean, you saw people running around with guns and shooting each other?" "Yes, all the time." "Cool." I smile a little. "You should tell us about it sometime." "Yes, sometime."' This is how wars are fought now: by children, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. In the more than fifty conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them. What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? How does one become a killer? How does one stop? Child soldiers have been profiled by journalists, and novelists have struggled to imagine their lives. But until now, there has not been a first-person account from someone who came through this hell and survived. Ishmael Beah, now twenty-five years old, tells a riveting story: how at the age of twelve in Sierra Leone, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence.

By thirteen, he'd been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found he was capable of truly terrible acts. This is a rare and mesmerizing account, told with real literary force and heartbreaking honesty. Ishmael Beah came to the United States when he was seventeen, and graduated from Oberlin College in 2003. He lives in New York City. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


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3 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Amazon Kundenrezensionen TOP 1000 REZENSENT am 25. August 2008
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"This I won't do, no matter what." very often when we read or hear about atrocities human beings inflicted on each other, we are quite sure, that we wouldn't do the same things if we got into the same situations. and luckily, our convictions are seldom put to the test.

Ishmael Beah had been 11 years old, when his village was attacked by rebels in Sierra Leone and after a year flight through the country he became conscripted into the army - and together with some boys the same age he committed a lot of atrocities. He explains in this book, how it came to this and why he did what he did. And how he came out of there.

This book is not about an excuse. It is about redeeming oneself by acting against the things that lead to the atrocities. In this edition - on the P.S.-pages at the end, we can see some of the redeeming efforts - and get more information about child-soldiering all over the world. everybody who still believes war is an opportunity for glory should really read this book very, very carefully.
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Imagine, you live in a village; you know, the ones without electricity and plumbing? You get water from the river for your mother so she can cook dinner but, when you come back, the village is ablaze and everyone is running. Not just running in one direction but everywhere; screaming, yelling, falling down dead.

This is what causes Ishmael Beah's childhood to be lost.

Beah starts out as a quiet, peace-loving boy who suddenly is on the run from all the destruction and terror with his older brother, Junior, and some friends. After months of wandering on paths and in the forest, they come to a farm outside of a village. Beah finds out his family is in the village and as a group they start walking. Then the rebels attack and his family is dead.

Torn, tired, and angry, Beah will eventually lose everything he cared about; his family, his health (both mentally and physically), and almost his life. As a boy soldier recruited by the Sierra Leone Army he changes drastically. Drugs, energy stimulants, and other illegal acts (in the United States) cause him to kill without thinking, never even cringing at
the sight of death and basically causing him to feel almost inhuman.

A LONG WAY GONE is Ishmael Beah's memoir based on his experiences and the tragic events of his life. I loved this book because it was a huge eye-opener about the war in Sierra Leone and how it affected everyone, even children. I also believe that everyone should read this book at least once in their life time. Maybe then people can help those who have become boy soldiers or anyone affected by a war. Maybe A LONG WAY GONE could change the world, make it a more peaceful place; that is what I hope can happen.

Reviewed by: Rachel - The Class
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3 von 4 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von jantravel am 1. Februar 2009
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Ishmael Beah erzählt seine beeindruckende aber auch sehr bedrückende Geschichte als Kindersoldat während des Bürgerkriegs in Sierra Leone. Inhaltlich verdient das Buch die Bestnote, da es den Leser fesselt. Es ist mir (und ihm selbst wahrscheinlich auch) unbegreiflich, wie Beah diesen Krieg überleben konnte. Die Erlebnisse sind zwangsläufig brutal, aber nicht auf reißerische Weise erzählt. Die Kapitel über seine Zeit unmittelbar nach der Entwaffnung geben herausragende Einblicke in die Psyche von Kindersoldaten!
Das Buch ist geschickt aufgebaut: Es beginnt in der Gegenwart und springt anschließend zu Beahs Kindheit, mehrfach wird kurz wieder zur Gegenwart geblendet. Dadurch bekommt man einen guten Einblick von den psychischen Folgen der Erlebnisse als Kindersoldat. Schwach ist, dass der Teil zwischen Flucht nach Guinea und Beahs Ausreise in die USA völlig fehlt. Das Buch endet abrupt, mindestens ein weiteres Kapitel wäre wünschenswert gewesen.
Die Sprache ist einfaches Englisch, nicht kindlich, aber zumindest ohne langjährige Englischkenntnisse problemlos zu verstehen. Thumbs up!
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After reading some of the readers' comments I decided to read "a long way gone" because I thought it would be worth it. And it was. I am of the opinion that it is an absolute must for every person living in a stable and peaceful country just to get reminded over and over again how lucky we are. I had to put the book away several times as I couldn't go on reading because I simply couldn't cope with the atrocities Ishmael describes .
Nevertheless I read the book with my 17 year old students, who shared my opinion. They were partly overwhelmed by the vivid, cruel, honest and at the same time very sensitive portrayal of the life of a boy soldier. I wouldn't read it with students younger than maybe 15 as they might be shocked too much.
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5 von 7 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von H. Seemann am 19. September 2007
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Powerful, sad, disturbing, painful, happiness, fury, shocking, impressive, strong...readers will enter a roller coaster of feelings. Never forget, this is a real story. A real life. Ishmael is only one of hundreds of thousends of children with a similar destiny. And he was lucky. He survived and is now able to tell us his story. This book is a must read. Thank you Ishmael!
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Von ovi am 27. November 2010
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Es ist ein sehr tiefgreifendes Buch. Absolut empfehlenswert! Sehr detailiert und anschaulich geschrieben. Jeder der sich nicht nur für sich, sondern auch für Menschen interessiert, die wirklich Probleme haben für die sie t.w. nichts können, wird in diesem Buch eine Menge erfahren.
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