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#Ishmael Beah
surqrised · 10 days ago
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Some nights the sky wept stars that quickly floated and disappeared into the darkness before our wishes could meet them.
Ishmael Beah, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
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jamesmurua · 12 days ago
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Ishmael Beah’s 'Little Family' for One Read in April 2021.
Ishmael Beah’s ‘Little Family’ for One Read in April 2021.
Ishmael Beah’s novel Little Family is the offering of the One Read App for April 2021. One Read is a mobile application, brought to you by Nigeria’s Sterling Bank and Ouida Books, aimed at promoting writers, publishers and other players in the African book industry to create a community of readers. So far, readers have gotten access to Travellers by Helon Habila, We, The Scarred by Mukoma Wa…
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resqectable · 19 days ago
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Some nights the sky wept stars that quickly floated and disappeared into the darkness before our wishes could meet them.
Ishmael Beah, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
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perfeqt · a month ago
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Some nights the sky wept stars that quickly floated and disappeared into the darkness before our wishes could meet them.
Ishmael Beah, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
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kixxie · 3 months ago
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I just finished reading A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah. It was such a riveting story that I finished half the book in one night. It details the boyhood of the author - how it was beautiful, then stolen, then recovered. It speaks of a world entirely distant and strange to most of us who have never seen war, thus opening our eyes to the devastation of conflict. The most poignant part of the book was his recount of an interview with a UN staff. The UN team had wanted to recruit representatives from Sierra Leone to speak of their experience during the civil war. When Ishmael told them frankly that he was the most suitable candidate as he had been a victim, a participant (as a boy soldier) and a survivor (after rehabilitation), the UN staff smiled. It was a derogatory reaction given the atrocities Ishmael had to witness and go through. It made me think of the experiences we incidentally deny or dismiss due to our own lack of sensitivity.
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kanadabiscuits · 5 months ago
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“In the months leading up to the genocide, Dallaire repeatedly warned the UN Security Council something catastrophic was brewing. But he said world leaders were too concerned with preventing peacekeeper casualties to let him act.
Dallaire returned to Canada devastated and angry, haunted by his inability to prevent the genocide or convince the international community to do more to stop it.
"I've been under 20 years, nearly, of therapy. They have tried, by every means possible, to take away my guilt," Dallaire said.
"Command is sort of like being a woman who's pregnant. You can't be pregnant during the week, and on weekends have a break … There is no, 'I did my best and I'm sorry.' You are held accountable for your command. There is nothing that can take that away, and should never be anything.’"
Many of my friends in countries other than Canada (and sadly, many in Canada), may only know this lion of a man through the miserable travesty of a characterization by Nick Nolte in Hotel Rwanda. The reality of him, his fight for mental health, and the crusade he has led to stop the recruitment of, save, and rehabilitate child soldiers around the world, framed through the guilt and ptsd of his UN command in Rwanda throughout one of the bloodiest and horrifying moments in history, is remarkable.
My respect and compassion for Roméo Dallaire  is immeasurable.
Shake Hands With The Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda
They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children: The Global Quest to Eradicate the Use of Child Soldiers
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spideyreads · 6 months ago
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“The day seemed oddly normal. The sun peacefully sailed through white clouds, birds sang from treetops, the trees danced to quiet wind. I still couldn’t believe the war had actually reached our home. It is impossible, I thought. When we left home the day before, there had been no indication that the rebels were anywhere near.”
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universitybookstore · 10 months ago
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“In the sky there are always answers and explanations for everything: every pain, every suffering, joy and confusion.” -- Ishmael Beah, from his memoir, A Long Way Gone.
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bigtickhk · 11 months ago
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Little Family by Ishmael Beah https://amzn.to/2Wib9zp
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quotemadness · a year ago
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Some nights the sky wept stars that quickly floated and disappeared into the darkness before our wishes could meet them.
Ishmael Beah
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jamieroxx · a year ago
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Happy Birthday. Today, Nov 23, 1980 – Ishmael Beah, Sierra Leonean child soldier and American author was born. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishmael_Beah) A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43015.A_Long_Way_Gone)
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thegreatbibrarian · a year ago
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A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
7/20/19- 7/21/19
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This book was good. It was eye-opening, heart-wrenching, and overall good at what it is meant to do. That being said, this book was not great. While I was interested in the story, the pacing was not great, and I had a hard time engaging with what was going on. I felt that it ended abruptly, too. I don’t want to fall into this pattern where I hate on all of the books I read, but just personally for me, these things make a difference. I think this was a wonderful account of a traumatic and violent past, and I still think it was a good read. I recommend this book to others so they can draw their own opinions.
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thesnakesaid · 2 years ago
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A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah #37: A book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with
A Long Way Gone is, as its title states, a memoir about Ishmael Beah’s life and experiences growing up during the Sierra Leone Civil War. What might not be apparent from the title, however, is that the story is about a lot more than just Beah’s experiences as a child soldier. 
Beah doesn’t spend a lot of time on exposition, but he does start his story establishing a simple but happy family life with himself, his parents, his siblings, and his grandmother in Sierra Leone in the early 1990s. At this time, Beah is just a normal kid who loves dancing and listening to imported American hip hop with his friends. However, very early on in the story, the encroaching war finally reaches their city and immediately and violently separates Beah from the rest of his family. 
From here, Beah narrates his and his friends’ experiences simply wandering through the bush, begging for help and shelter from whatever villages they encounter, and attempting to stay ahead of the fighting as it moves inexorably across the countryside. He spends an equal amount of time on this as he does on the part of the book where he is ultimately captured and recruited by the Sierra Leonean army, as well as the part where he is rescued by UNICEF and begins his process of rehabilitation and reintegration into society.
As I read this story, I was surprised to find myself feeling like something was... missing. I think this might have had to do with the fact that I went into this remembering having read Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali several years back: her overall life story was a story of how devoutly practiced Islam can cause devastating effects on the lives of girls, but she wrote her memoir with an eye toward how her own story ties into history, culture, politics, and current events. I kept catching myself looking for these larger connections in this story and I kept not finding them.
An example of what I’m talking about here centers around something that surprised me about this story. I always imagined that child soldiers were “recruited” entirely by force - kidnapped, forced to serve in the army under threat of death, and ultimately brainwashed until they no were no longer a flight risk. This kind of child soldier “recruitment” absolutely happens, but what happened to Beah was much more insidious. He joined the army just about as willingly as he could have under the circumstances. He joined out of a need to have some direction in his life - to be running towards something as opposed to away from it - as well as a desire to take revenge against the people he was made to believe were responsible for the death of his family. I would have loved to see this narrative from his life used to start a deeper exploration of child psychology, or of the political situation that would lead to both sides of the war recruiting children, or the longer-reaching effects this would later have on his psychological health, but the story for the most part remains a rather matter-of-fact portrayal of the events of Beah’s life, the emotions he was feeling at the time, and not much else.
That being said... I am so uncomfortable with “critiquing” someone’s life story!!! I mean... can you really say “I wish this LITERAL CHILD SOLDIER would tell his story in a way that makes more connections to overarching world events and conditions”??? Lol NO. That being said, I do think it would be interesting to think about how this book might have been different if Beah had written it later in his life rather than in college. I think maybe it would have turned out to be a “bigger” story in that case.
That being said, this book was still really harrowing and moving, and I certainly would recommend it to anyone interested in reading about this sort of subject matter.
March 5, 2019
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diaryoftruequotes · 2 years ago
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Some nights the sky wept stars that quickly floated and disappeared into the darkness before our wishes could meet them.
Ishmael Beah
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coverspy · 3 years ago
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A Long Way Gone, Ishmael Beah (F, 30s, notes in book black beanie, UGGs, tote with books on it, black coat, NWK Path)
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reneistrying · 3 years ago
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This book is so intense. I have to keep reminding myself that it's not some horrible fiction
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MEMORIE DI UN SOLDATO BAMBINO - Ishmael Beah (i libri che mi hanno accompagnata da piccola)
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MEMORIE DI UN SOLDATO BAMBINO - Ishmael Beah (i libri che mi hanno accompagnata da piccola)
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raldine · 3 years ago
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(almost like, forgiveness.)
“In the sky there are always answers and explanations for everything: every pain, every suffering, joy and confusion.”    ―    Ishmael Beah,  A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier    
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dedarising · 3 years ago
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“A Long Way Gone” Ishmael Beah
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