"Radiance of Tomorrow" by Ishmael Beah is new well-made novel from African writer who tells a story about hope and courage, about consequences of the war-ravaged Sierra Leone, observed through the fate of two best friends who return to their hometown.
After the civil war in Sierra Leone was over, Benjamin and Bockarie together with other people are coming back to Imperi, their birth place in ruins. Both are teachers so their desire by resuming the old post is to help rebuild their country and their community with knowledge and education. But even though the war have ended, the country is in ruins, and the problems are all around them - lack of food, vengeance, murders, rape and theft are part of everyday painful life that surrounds them. Additionally, under the guise of helping troubled African country and its people, a foreign company jeopardizes their survival polluting water which will again cause unrest amnog people.
So the two friends besides thinking about the safety of their lives, and due to will to help people around them and hold fragile peace would need to put themselves in the position to fix what is today so the things that will come could be better, bringing hope for a better tomorrow...
Ishmael Beah wrote a strong book that goes beyond terms such as courage and hope; he brought a compelling and moving story about the consequences of the brutal civil war in Sierra Leone, and his story is even more distressing because it's told by the local people that understand why and what happened, something that is most of the time hard to understand for people that are not from these troubled world parts.
His writting style is different from the Western, but his prose is beautiful and easy to read despite the many shocking events that can be found on the pages of his novel, while story told through fate of these two courageous figures just like themselves is both convincing and compelling.
These all are reasons why "Radiance of Tomorrow", a novel of this contemporary African writer should definitely be read - except that you'll read story written in different way about the things that are otherwise known only from newspaper articles or TV-news, the author story is powerful and emotions that he evokes strong.
Ismael Beah's new novel is a commendable story of redemption from the scourges of war in a small Sierra Leonean settlement ravaged by the civil war. It shows the great human capacity to come anew from the horrors of war, to forge a new future while still having haunting memories lurking around. It is a theme replete in Africa, a place with the great capacity to turn a new leaf in human relations, where former enemies easily bury the hatchet and move on. It is a theme seen in books like Triple Agent Double Cross, Half of a Yellow Sun. Overall, Radiance of Tomorrow is a very inspiring story.