A Long Way Gone: a Young Boy and Six of His Friends

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A Long Way Gone Essay
By Aaron Maddeaux
Mrs. Baglole

A long way gone is about a young boy and six of his friends. Ishmael who is the main character of this book lived in Serri Leona when we were first introduced to Ishmael in the beginning of the book. This book deals with a lot of violence. The author of a long way gone Ishmael Beah, not only plays the main character of the book but he also has experienced the novel first hand. Ishmael was first introduced into the war when he was 12. In 1998 Ishmael moved to the Untied States of America where he would then go on to finish his last two years of high school. After high school he went to Oberlin College and graduated with a Bachelor Arts in political Science.

When researching a long way gone I found out that Entertainment Weekly said “A long way gone is a clear-eyed, undeniably compelling look at wartime violence”. (1) For many they do not know the aspects of war, nonetheless some children will refuse to learn about war, and world events of today’s age. Another quote that I have found is by The Wall Street Journal and it says “Beah speaks in a distinctive voice, and he tells an important story”. (1) When Ishmael tells his story of what has happened to him it feels like you are in the book, that the story is actually happening to you, and you are not just reading it. For example if I were to tell you a story about something that has happened to me, I would not only tell you the story but I would take you inside of the story too. It would be like you were sitting in the book with me.

Ishmael tells you all about him and his friends in the book, but one thing that he does tell you is that when he first came into the United States he was given a rap cassette, that had some songs like Rapper’s Delight by the Sugar Hill Gang, and I know you got a soul by Eric B & Rakim. These songs have helped Ishmael out of a lot of altercations. When the Chief of the village captured the boys because he thought...
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