Monday, June 23, 2008

A Long Way Gone

One of my book clubs read Ishmael Beah's, A Long Way Gone, this month. The memoir describes in gripping detail a then 12-year-old Beah's escape from rebel forces in Sierra Leone only to become a child soldier for government forces by 13. It goes without saying that these events are incredibly sad (descriptions of the death and killing in Sierra Leone are hard to get through and make up most of the memoir) but Beah's spirit and will to fully enjoy his "second life" are heartening to hear and watch.

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