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Beasts of No Nation
Beasts of No Nation

$ 13.95

Beasts of No Nation

Uzodinma Iweala

(Hardcover - West African / Orphan Youth / Guerilla / Violence - 2007)

Ashay's Price: $13.95

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 country. Haunted 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. While the war rages on, Agu becomes increasingly divorced from the life he had known before the conflict started - a life of school friends, church services, and time with his family still intact. As he vividly recalls these sunnier times, his daily reality spins further downward into inexplicable brutality, primal fear, and loss of selfhood. His relationship with his commander deepens even as it darkens, and his camaraderie with a fellow soldier lends a deceptive sense of normalcy to his experience. In a powerful, strikingly original voice that vividly captures Agu's youth and confusion, Uzodinma Iweala has produced a harrowing, deeply affecting novel. (160 pgs) Ages 12 +

"Ashay Says: A debut novel with a powerful message of the dark reality that is a way of life for some young boys in parts of Africa."

ISBN: AAYA0060798673

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