A Long Way Gone (Ishmael Beah)

By Ethan Hemmer Hr5 November 3, 2015

Summary

A Long Way Gone is a true story about Ishmael Beah in Africa that undergoes the threats and violence of the rebels, (RUF). While witnessing murder and gore he has to try to run away and survive. Then also having to get violent and scare people and steal food.
RUF control over Sierra Leone by Gregory Geig

5 important words

Violence, there is plenty of violence in this true story.

Blood, the blood that these people have shed is unbelievable.

Pain, the pain that Ishmael had to encounter to not be able to feel pain is ridicules.

Drugs, the for the amount of drugs you have to take just to be okay with what happens in Africa.

Cocaine, the most reliable drug over their.

three important quotes

These days I live in three worlds: my dreams, and the experiences of my new life, which trigger memories from the past. Ishmael Beah, p. 20


Things changed rapidly in a matter of seconds and no one had any control over anything. We had yet to learn these things and implement survival tactics, which was what it came down to. Ishmael Beah, p. 29


When I was very little, my father used to say, "If you are alive, there is hope for a better day and something good to happen. If there is nothing good left in the destiny of a person, he or she will die." Ishmael Beah, pg. 54

Sharing His Story

The effect that Ishmael Beah has had from sharing his life i believe has had a huge impact on himself and has helped him come with the things he has seen and done making it easier for him to be a normal human being instead of a killer.