The harrowing, utterly original debut novel by Uzodinma Iweala about the life of a child soldier in a war-torn African country—now a critically-acclaimed Netflix. Ali Smith is impressed by Uzodinma Iweala’s Beasts of No Nation, a brutal novel of child soldiers. The harrowing, utterly original debut novel by Uzodinma Iweala about the life of a child soldier in a war-torn African country—now a critically-acclaimed N.
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As civil war rages in an unnamed West-African nation, Agu, the school-aged protagonist of this stunning debut no The harrowing, utterly original debut novel by Uzodinma Iweala about the life of a child soldier in a war-torn African country—now a critically-acclaimed Netflix original film directed by Cary Fukunaga True Detective and starring Idris Elba Mandela, The Wire.
As civil war rages in an unnamed West-African nation, Agu, the school-aged protagonist of this stunning debut novel, is recruited into a unit of guerilla fighters. 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 continues to spin further downward into inexplicable brutality, primal fear, and loss of selfhood. Paperbackpages. Published August 15th by Harper Perennial first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Beasts of No Nationplease sign up. Is this book appropriate for young adult readers?
Is this similar or is it too graphic? Janet I have recommended this book to several mature middle school students 8th grade with caveats about the writing style and sexual abuse.
I would not …more I have recommended this book to several mature middle school students 8th grade with caveats about the writing style and sexual abuse. I would not assign this as a class reading, but if you know the individual students and their maturity levels, I would say yes, recommend it.
I am not even sure why I bought this. It combines my favorite thing children and the least favorite thing violence. Made it about 20 pages in and started crying. Can someone answer if this is worth the tears? Can you tell me there is a happy ending without telling me how it ends?
Janet I don’t know if it would be worth reading for you if you are crying at page It gets much harder before the end, although I was left with a hopeful …more I don’t know if it would be worth reading for you if you are crying at page It gets much harder before the end, although I was left with a hopeful feeling when I finished.
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Lists with This Book. Nov 02, Will Byrnes rated it it was amazing.
Beasts of No Nation is destined to be regarded as a classic. Village life in this unnamed West African country is disrupted when news comes of war. People who can, flee. Some remain, men willing to fight mostly.
Unfortunately this includes young boys who are strong enough to hold uodinma weapon. Our narrator is one. He is a bright boy, an eager and exceptional student who loves his time at school.
His father is either killed or driven off and the boy is terrified into joining the roving militia that c Beasts of No Nation is destined to be regarded as a classic. His father is either killed or driven off and the boy is terrified into joining the roving militia that comes through raping and killing. From the film His tale is a very intimate portrait of life in this band of naiton leaders and lost boys. He loses innocence in many different ways, none by his own volition. I have seen no other attempt to portray the horror of such military life as told by one of the young people who make up so much of the fighting forces in Africa.
It is enough to summon tears.
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I was reminded of Call it Sleepanother classic of a hard life seen through the eyes of a child. I expect this novel will join that in the shelves of ageless literature.
Topol – NY Times Magazine View all 18 comments. Nov 08, Kelly and the Book Boar rated it really liked it Shelves: Find all of my reviews at: All we are knowing is that, before the war we are children and now we are not. Third, I thought this was a memoir.
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I had no idea it was wri Find all of my reviews at: I had no idea it was written by a dude who grew up in America and went to Harvard. Sometimes it pays to know nearly nada before starting a book. He also never tells me what I should read because he knows my TBR already extends to infinity and beyond.
This is the story of Agu, the son of a teacher growing up in a West African village. When word of war begins to spread, the villagers pack up their wives and daughters and send them to a refugee camp. I am seeing more terrible thing than ten thousand men and I am doing more terrible thing than twenty thousand men. So, if I am saying these thing, then it will be making me to sadding too much. I am wanting to be happy in this life because of everything I am seeing.
I am just wanting to be happy. It took me three days to read it as is because I had to keep putting it away. Especially high schools of privileged children who will never have to worry about what is for dinner, where they will sleep, or wonder who will come crawling into their bed at night.
View all 10 comments. Oct 12, Richard Derus rated it really liked it. Idris Elba wuz robbed by not having so much as a nomination for an Oscar.
I get that the Industry is mad at Netflix for giving us what we want instead of what they want us to have, but this is evidence of the sourest imaginable grapes. They got nobody but theyselfs to blame for Netflix blowing up their expensive machinery. Like TV did until they co-opted it. I gave my review a serious titivation and posted it to my blog Stories like this are too hard to read when they’re merely factual. But don’t kid yourself, this is a reality and we here in the fat and happy West don’t give it any thought.
View all 5 comments. The author’s use of present tense works like an incantation, grasping you by the throat tightly, it makes you breathless in a hyperventilating kind of way, you cannot stop – only turn the page, trying to read faster if only to get to the end of it.
There’s no real repose from the untenable pace, the brutal array of death merely merges into other grotesqueries you’d rather not think about too much. You can’t he Read it. You can’t help feeling some gratitude and guilt for being born in a country not torn apart in civil war.
There’s the after effect – the infinite sadness to know somewhere today children are being forced to fight in wars not of their making – carrying guns too heavy for them and knives that kill not only their enemies but eventually their own sense of right and wrong, their sanity and their future.
I don’t know if the author is a genius the dust jacket tells me he is.
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The continual present tense grated and unnerved me – creating that kind of adrenaline rush fear does. Bad grammar and spelling annoyed me, but served it’s purpose, being the fictional memoir of an African boy it really could be no other way.
I’m rating it at the midway mark 3 stars, not because I liked it, because it’s not the kind of book you can “like”, but because I can’t decide if bdasts should get one star for technique or 5 stars for effect. It certainly achieves it’s purpose to shock, despite the character Naation limited vocabulary the book paints a lurid and searing image that almost rivals the work of war photographers James Nachtwey http: View all 7 comments.
This is uzodonma tough read. It’s about the day-to-day in the life of African child soldier Agu, who is also the book’s narrator. I was very bothered by it because even though we’re never told Agu’s age, I kept thinking about my nephews.
We learn how Agu lived, before he became a soldier, through flashbacks. Agu’s recollection of the rainy seasons and passage to manhood, along with a few parables – one of the things I love about African literature- plays a part it breaking up the somber tone of t 3. Agu’s recollection of the rainy seasons and passage to manhood, along with a few parables – one of the things I love about African literature- plays a part it breaking up the somber tone of the book.
I finished it a day before seeing the movie. I thought they would have to be very creative with the film adaptation to get an entire movie from a page book that is completely narrated by a child.
It was a home run.
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I almost want to say the movie was better than the book. I’m not even a moviegoer and last night I watched Beasts of No Nation for the second time. To say the movie is intense would be an understatement.