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Beasts Of No Nation

Beasts Of No Nation
Iweala, Uzodinma
Harpercollins
Publish date: 2005-11-01
$16.95
006079867X
Hardcover

Synopsis:

In this stunning debut novel, Agu, a young boy in an unnamed West African nation, is recruited into a unit of guerrilla fighters as civil war engulfs his countryHaunted by his father's own death at the hands of militants, which he fled just before witnessing, Agu is vulnerable to the dangerous yet paternal nature of his new commander.

Review:

In Beasts of No Nation by Iweala Uzodinma (HarperCollins, 2005), the author creates a disturbing first person narrativeof a child warrior in Africa." Seperated from his family while fleeing from the conflict in an unnamed country, Agu is gathered up by a militia and resocialized to serve the purposes of the "strong man," under whose influence he was randomly taken." Agu's voice is childlike yet chillingly matter-of-fact in describing his participation in massacres." His descriptions, told through the haze of drugs, are often hallucinogenic." This is a powerful contribution to the scanty literature from a troubled and neglected continent.

   
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