A Long Way Gone, by Ishmael Beah, and some of us weren't too keen on it. A few ladies found it "hard to get into". However, those of us who read it in 2-3 days (including myself...up until 30 mins before book club :p) were able to really sink into this memoir.
It's a little different reading a Biography. What got me was the author's age. He was born in the same year I was. Everything that happened to him, all of the tragedy and horror of the 90's in Sierra Leone, happened during my life time. While Ishmael was dodging bullets I was having recess with my friends. While Ishmael slept outside exposed to the elements I was playing with barbies in my own bedroom. While Ishmael was eating unripe bananas and oranges I was eating KFC and Doritos at the wavepool with my cousins. You get the point.
I'm not going to lie, the content disturbed me at times and I wanted to pretent it was fiction. But nope, it's a real story and I personally found it very powerful.
Ishmael, your life definitely has a purpose. Thank you for sharing your story with me! Tonight I will pray for everyone struggling in Civil Wars in Africa and around the world.
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