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A Long Way Gone: Chapters One and Two October 1, 2007

Posted by Han in A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael B.
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Have at it ladies.

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1. Ashleigh - October 1, 2007

It’ll be a week or so before I get my book, but I’m looking forward to discussing it.

2. Jaree - October 2, 2007

Wow, quick jump right into the war!! We barely got to hear about their life before it all changed.

3. Michelle - October 4, 2007

1993…. that was the year I was graduating High School. I was listening to the same music he was… but I was a world away.

4. heatherelle - October 6, 2007

Did anyone else find this ironic?

“Junior, Talloi, and I listened to rap music, trying to memorize the lyrics so that we could avoid thinking about the situation at hand.” p. 15

The violence and carnage they have witnessed is so extreme that rap music is an escape for them!

I can only imagine how haunted they are by what they see and experience. You just can’t ever erase those things from your mind, you know? It’s like a DVD playing over and over.

5. catherine - October 10, 2007

Hi all, I’m crashing for this book. I’ve wanted to read it for a while now. Looking forward to being able to discuss it with you guys.

Michelle, I was thinking the same thing – 1993 I was in 8th grade, only a year older than Beah. On the same continent, but still a world away. I can only imagine being swept into that chaos at that age. Truly awful.

For those who are interested I’ve found some interesting links on the website: http://www.alongwaygone.com:

Under “Book” there is a reading guide which you can download – it has some pretty interesting questions to ponder.

Under “Multimedia” you can watch Beah being interviewed. I watched the Daily show interview too – very interesting. He’s such a charismatic, eloquent guy – amazing that he’s turned all these horrific events in his life into such a positive thing – educating and informing the world on these atrocities. I love his comments that “everyone is capable of these things”. So similar to a Reformed Christian viewpoint – that we’re all sinful and capable of horrendous acts, but for the grace of God. Looking forward to reading further – if he discusses his faith and what he claims pulled him through.

6. Ashleigh - October 12, 2007

Honestly, I’m not even sure how to process the first two chapters. So much happens so quickly. I just kept thinking, “What a nightmare. A nightmare that really happened in reality.”

A line that stood out to me is in chapter 2 where he writes, “These days I live in three worlds: my dreams, and the experiences of my new life, which trigger memories from the past.” Even though he’s now here in the States, he’s still not entirely free from war and its affects.

7. bethany3boys - October 13, 2007

It does jump right in. The comment about the mom running with the baby dead and full of bullets with her eyes still open killed me. OHHHHHH I just cannot imagine. I am already in tears reading this book


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