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A long way gone : memoirs of a boy soldier
Ishmael Beah
Adult Nonfiction DT516.828.B43 A3 2007

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Beah's harrowing story of a boy caught up in the civil strife in Sierra Leone is not an audio to curl up with before bedtime. Beah's even-toned narrative is particularly disturbing because it's almost exactly the same whether he is enjoying the company of a newly found uncle or busy shooting and maiming rebels and even burying them alive. His monotone works particularly well when he is recounting his dreams, for he cannot distinguish his nightmares from his waking life. Beah speaks with a thick accent that omits "th" sounds. Many words are understandable in their context, but a few are not. He also stumbles over some longer and more complex words. Despite these drawbacks, Beah's tale is a riveting snapshot of childhoods stolen from all too many, not just in Sierra Leone but in Somalia, Iraq, Palestine and other places ravaged by civil wars. Simultaneous release with the FSG hardcover (Reviews, Dec. 18). (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Beah was a carefree preteen when rebels in Sierra Leone destroyed his village, murdering most of his friends and family. At 12, he was recruited as a child soldier, drugged, and trained to kill. Actor Dominic Hoffman's restrained voice, edged with sadness and poignancy, conveys Beah's difficult emotional state. [An alternate edition, read by the author, is available from Macmillan Audio] (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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