Death and the loss of innocence

A LONG WAY GONE: MEMOIRS OF A BOY SOLDIER. By Ismael Beah, Fourth Estate, €14

26th May, 2007

A LONG WAY GONE: MEMOIRS OF A BOY SOLDIER. By Ismael Beah, Fourth Estate, €14

‘Before you criticise someone, walk a mile in his shoes’, goes the ancient proverb. Ishmael Beah takes the reader on that ravaged mile in A Long Way Gone, his account of growing up in war-torn Sierra Leone.

Through a glut of childhood memoirs , the book has emerged as Number 1 on the New York Times bestseller list...

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