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Can someone please provide a very detailed summary of each of the chapters in Ishmael Beah's memoir A Long Way Gone?

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A detailed description of each of 21 chapters is not possible within the confines of this format.  What follows is an attempt at providing some details.

Chapter 1: Ishmael’s childhood, beginning at the age of ten, when he, his brother Junior and their friend Talloi, travel to the town of Mattru Jong to take part in a talent show, along the way visiting with their grandmother before meeting up with more friends.  Unaware of the scale of the fighting, they are surprised to learn of an attack on their village by insurgents.  Failing to return to their village because of the fighting and the flow of refugees they encounter, they return to Mattru Jong to await their fate.  Ishmael has a nightmare in which he envisions the destruction of his village.

2: Begins with Ishmael’s nightmare following which he awakens in “present-day” New York, where he would eventually find refuge.  The nightmares, however, continue from the safety of his new home in the United States, including his...

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