At a glance:
- Author: Ishmael Beah
- First Published: 2007
- Type of Work: Memoir
- Time of Work: 1992-1998
- Setting: Sierra Leone
- Genres: Nonfiction, Memoir
- Subjects: Maturation or coming of age, Children, Africa or Africans, Adolescence, War, Soldiers, Orphans or orphanages, 1990's, Civil wars
- Locales: Africa, Sierra Leone
Form and Content
A Long Way Gone records the harrowing experiences of Ishmael Beah as he journeys with his brother and friends through his homeland of Sierra Leone during the civil war that took place in that African nation from 1991 through 2002. Beah becomes an unwilling boy soldier in that conflict after being separated from his parents and hometown of Mogbwemo in southern Sierra Leone.
The author’s journey begins innocently enough. Twelve-year-old Beah, his older brother Junior, and a friend leave Mogbwemo on foot and head for Mattru Jong, sixteen miles...
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