Tuesday, April 22, 2008

too matter of fact?

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)
Genre: memoir
Challenge: A-Z (author)
Review: When reading this book, one must keep some distance between oneself and the narrative, to not be overwhelmed by the horrors that are described. Fortunately, the writing style helps the reader maintain this distance. Writing in a very matter of fact style, perhaps even too matter of factly, Beah describes his efforts to avoid getting pulled into the civil war in Sierra Leone and his actions when he is eventually "recruited" to join the army.

The bulk of this book is quite bleak, by necessity. But Beah shows a talent for story-telling throughout, especially in the more hopeful sections of the book, when he describes his life before the civil war struck his village and after his "rehabilitation".

1 comment:

Andi said...

I've wanted to read this, but have held off because of the controversy surrounding it's authenticity. Your review has renewed my desire though, and I"ll add it to the list. Thanks.
I linked to your blog on mine today - www.andilit.com