- 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: 14 x 1,9 x 21,6 cm
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"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
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Ishmael Beah was born in 1980 in Sierra Leone, West Africa. His writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Vespertine Press, LIT, Parabola, and numerous academic journals. He is a UNICEF Ambassador and Advocate for Children Affected by War; a member of the Human Rights Watch Children's Rights Advisory Committee; an advisory board member at the Center for the Study of Youth and Political Violence at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; visiting scholar at the Center for International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University; visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution, and Human Rights at Rutgers University; cofounder of the Network of Young People Affected by War (NYPAW); and president of the Ishmael Beah Foundation. He has spoken before the United Nations, the Council on Foreign Relations, and many panels on the effects of war on children. His book A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier has been published in over thirty languages and was nominated for a Quill Award in 2007. Time magazine named the book as one of the top ten nonfiction books of 2007, ranking it at number three. Ishmael Beah is a graduate of Oberlin College with a B.A. in Political Science and resides in Brooklyn, New York. He is currently completing a novel set in his home country of Sierra Leone.
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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.
But I did have doubts about some of the stories, they just sound too perfect. Like the episode in the forest where he sleeps on a nest of branches an eventually gets chased by a bunch of pigs for half a mile until he jumps on a tree to save himself. Sounds a little like a Disney movie to me. Also he and his group of friends get saved from being killed by a group of scared villagers twice entirely accidentally by Beah's Rap music cassette falling out of his pocket. Of course the villagers would start listening to it and Beah would have to perform a dance which the chieftain of the village would like and let them go.
So after I read it I would do some research and there is indeed substantial doubt about the truthfulness of this book as the facts just don't check out. Read up for yourself if you are interested.
He probably was a child soldier for a little while, but by far not as long as he claims. Many of his war stories must therefore be made up. All that Rambo stuff did sound a quite over the top, right?
Well, overall I think it's still kind of an interesting read but by war not as powerful as if it was real.
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
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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