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A Long Way Gone
Transcript of A Long Way Gone
if you are alive there is hope for a better day and something good can happen if there is nothing good in the destiny of a person her or she will die .
The true story of Ishmael Beah, who becomes an unwilling boy soldier during a civil war in Sierra Leone. When he is twelve years old, Beah's village is attacked while he is away performing in a rap group with friends. Among the confusion, violence, and uncertainty of the war, Ishmael, his brother, and his friends wander from village to village in search of food and shelter. Their day-to-day existence is a struggle of survival, and the boys find themselves committing acts they would never have believed themselves capable of, such as stealing food from children.
Ishmael's older brother. he is protective over his little brother. They were seperated during the war and never seen each other again.
The narrator and author of the book. He didnt have a childhood because he spent his time on the run from a civil war. He spent most of the time in the woods where he had to survive. Age 13 he was forced to become a soldier for the government. He was rescued and currently lives in New York
Things changed rapidly in a matter of seconds and no one had any control over anything. We had yet to learn these things and implement survival tactics, which was what it came down to. pg 29
When I was very little, my father used to say, "If you are alive, there is hope for a better day and something good to happen. If there is nothing good left in the destiny of a person, he or she will die." pg 54
One of the unsettling things about my journey, mentally, physically, and emotionally, was that I wasn't sure when or where it was going to end. I didn't know what I was going to do with my life. I felt that I was starting over and over again. pg 69
I had my gun now, and as the corporal always said, "This gun is your source of power in these times. It will protect you and provide you all you need, if you know how to use it well." pg 124
His honesty is exacting, and a testament to the ability of children “to outlive their sufferings, if given a chance.
A Long Way Gone is a clear-eyed, undeniably compelling look at wartime violence.