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Beasts of no nation / Uzodinma Iweala.

By: Iweala, Uzodinma, 1982- [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookEdition: Paperback edition.Description: 180 pages ; 20 cm.ISBN: 9781473625556; 9780719567537.Subject(s): Child soldiers -- Fiction | Civil war -- Africa -- Fiction | Africa -- FictionGenre/Form: War stories.DDC classification: 823.92
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<p> Official tie-in to the Netflix Original Film featuring Idris Elba ( Thor , Prometheus and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom ) and directed by Cary Fukunaga ( Jane Eyre ). </p> <p>Agu is just a boy when war arrives at his village. His mother and sister are rescued by the UN, while he and his father remain to fight the rebels. 'Run!' shouts his father when the rebels arrive. And Agu does run. Straight into the rebels' path. In a vivid, sparkling voice, Agu tells the story of what happens to him next; his life as a child-soldier. His story is shocking and painful, and completely unforgettable.</p> <p> Beasts of No Nation gives us an extraordinary portrait of the chaos and violence of war.</p> <p>For a sneak peak of the Netflix Original Film of Beasts of No Nation , have a look at the trailer:<br> https://www.youtube.com/watch'v=oRsaclO0VbU </p>

Originally published: 2005.

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Originally published in 2004, then 23-year-old Iweala's debut novel-which began as the author's Harvard senior thesis under the direction of Jamaica Kincaid-reappears 11 years later in two additional incarnations: as an acclaimed film directed by Cory Fukunaga and this mesmerizing audio production narrated by Simon Manyonda. (A 2006 version was read by Nyambi Nyambi.) Manyonda's clipped, staccato voice seamlessly alternates between innocence and horror as young Agu relates the story of his not-yet-teenage life. Before he was forced to become a soldier, Agu was someone's son, someone's brother, a loyal friend, an eager student. His childhood viewpoint, which varies from bewilderment to resignation, fittingly reflects the impossibility of comprehending a war without sides, justification, or reason. Agu holds onto what little humanity he has left, even as survival means committing heinous acts while he is victimized again and again by vicious adults. Forced to become a "beast of no nation," he must somehow continue to believe that he is "not a bad boy." -VERDICT Beasts is unrelenting terror. Knowing that some 100,000 to 300,000 young children lived this nightmare is reason enough not to turn away. ["This slim, harrowing account of the intoxication of violence and how quickly it can escalate is a cautionary tale that offers no easy answers or explanations": LJ 9/1/05 review of the HarperCollins hc.]-Terry Hong, Smithsonian BookDragon, Washington, DC © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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