A Long Way Gone is the true story of Ishmael Beah

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A Long Way Gone   is the true story of Ishmael Beah, who becomes an unwilling boy  soldier during a civil war in Sierra Leone. When he is twelve years old, Beah's village is  attacked while he is away performing in a rap group with friends. Among the confusion,  violence, and uncertainty of the war, Ishmael, his brother, and his friends wander from  village to village in search of food and shelter. Their day-to-day existence is a struggle of  survival, and the boys find themselves committing acts they would never have believed  themselves capable of, such as stealing food from children. Eventually, Ishmael is conscripted as a soldier by the army and he becomes the very  thing he feared: a killing machine capable of horrible violence. The army becomes his  family and he is brainwashed into believing that each rebel death may avenge his own  family's slaughter. The boy soldiers become addicted to cocaine, marijuana, and "brown 
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2011 for the course ENG 1310 taught by Professor Pilkington during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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