'A long way gone- memoirs of a boy soldier' by Ishmale Beah is a truly remarkable memoir. This book gets into the life that this boy lived from the age of 12 when his village was attacked by rebels in Sierra Leone until the age of 16 when rescued by UNICEF. This riveting account of a horrific childhood which was robbed of all innocence is an incredible first hand experience. The vivid imagery brings readers into the mindset and life that this boy was enduring while on the run, fighting and ultimately being rescued. You feel the pain- physically, mentally and emotionally- as you read of the hardships in a raw honest account. A book read by hundreds of thousands has perfectly captured the insider view of a horrific time in Sierra Leone.The beautiful account with acute recollections and visions with vivid imagery, tenderness, melancholy and heartbreak are so well balanced. This book is arguably one of the most read African pieces of contemporary literature and after reading, it is not difficult to see why.
All in all, this book is a fantastic read- one that I will surely do again. The sympathy and insight brought to readers through this book is unmatched and truly a gift of perspective to the extremely privileged life most live today.