Beasts of No Nation

Beasts of No Nation

Book - 2005
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Recruited by a unit of guerrilla fighters after the brutal murder of his father by militants, a west African student falls under the spell of his dangerous commander and finds his new life increasingly contrasting with his former existence.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780719567520
Branch Call Number: Fiction Iweala
Characteristics: 142 p. ; 19 cm


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Oct 16, 2015

The movie is better because the writing is difficult to become submerged into.

May 16, 2012

I, too, had a bit of trouble with the writing as I am guessing the author was trying to put into English the grammar of the African language spoken by the boy soldier. I persevered and must admit that i did skip over some of the killing descriptions as they are pretty graphic. It is an interesting look inside the head of the boy as he goes from a normal school boy to a conscript plied with gun drugs and given a machete to go out and slaughter people, and then to a rescued boy who is trying to get back to his former life of books and learning. The story is told baldly with no judgment, leaving the reader to evaluate the situation as they like.

Mar 15, 2012

I didn't get past the first chapter because the way it was written got in the way of my enjoying it as English literature.


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nypl_mid_manhattan Sep 24, 2012

While at Harvard, Iweala earned the Hoopes Prize and Dorothy Hicks Lee Prize for Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis, 2004; Eager Prize for Best Undergraduate Short Story, 2003; and the Horman Prize for Excellence in Creative Writing, 2003. In 2007, he was named as one of Granta magazine’s 20 best young American novelists.


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