Beasts of No Nation

Beasts of No Nation 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 Fukunag

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  • Title: Beasts of No Nation
  • Author: Uzodinma Iweala
  • ISBN: 9780060798673
  • Page: 386
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 noThe 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 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 continues to spin further downward into inexplicable brutality, primal fear, and loss of selfhood In a powerful, strikingly original voice, Uzodinma Iweala leads the reader through the random travels, betrayals, and violence that mark Agu s new community Electrifying and engrossing, Beasts of No Nation announces the arrival of an extraordinary new writer.

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    1. 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 a 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 [...]

    2. Find all of my reviews at: 52bookminimum/“Nobody is really telling how old they are anymore. All we are knowing is that, before the war we are children and now we are not.”First, I have to admit finishing this book on Veteran’s Day is some seriously f*&^%d up timing. Second, this is a story that is written in a type of “Pidgin English” – you’re either going to go with the flow of it or you’re going to hate it. Third, I thought this was a memoir. I had no idea it was written b [...]

    3. Rating: 4.5* of fiveI gave my review a serious titivation and posted it to my blogbut if you've never read this book, go straight to the bookstore and buy it.tinyurl/kncknpyStories like this are too true to tell in non-fiction. 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.Change that. Buy the book. Read the book.

    4. Read it. Be appalled. - written in the unrelenting tense of now - the horror never ends.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 [...]

    5. 3.5This is a 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 the [...]

    6. Honestly, I don't know how to rate this book. It was painful to read, but it was a necessary pain. We who live in privilege countries take our safety and happiness and security for granted. We think the atrocities we see blaring through our screens can be wiped away for other countries if they just follow the simple steps that our privilege tells us they need to follow to have thriving economies, but we don't realize how wrong we are and how hard our judgement is. Iweala makes it clear that ever [...]

    7. It's hard not to feel like a jerk when you dislike a book about child soldiers, rape and the atrocities of war. But I didn't like this book. And I'm kinda a jerk. Iweala's use of dialect/broken English is forced and illogical, and it consistently pulled me out and away, leaving me focusing on words rather than the story as a whole and reducing my ability to see the main character as a suffering human rather than a fictional construction. The climax seemed separate from the rest of the book in te [...]

    8. Try not to read this when you are feeling down, when it’s dark and you’re alone as this is an almost relentless novel of the horrors of war for civilians and soldiers, but, most importantly, for those child soldiers who never intended or wanted to be part of the war. In an unnamed African nation, Agu, the narrator is captured by a guerilla army and given the choice to kill or be killed, a choice that he has to contend with every single day. It is never clear how old Agu is but it’s obvious [...]

    9. soldier soldierKill kill killThat is how you liveThat is how you die.Is there anything uglier than WAR?!when all of your dreams turn into the nightmare!?

    10. Incredibly brutal and heartbreaking, this is an important story of a child soldier. It isn't beautiful - it's horrific, but I wholeheartedly recommend it.

    11. Those who have English as their only language find difficulty understanding it. That is maybe why in some reviews of this book they wail: what's this idea of having the narration here in a constant present tense? I don't think that was the author's idea, however. I've observed something like that first-hand. In my province, when even grade school or high school teachers are not at ease with English, you'd hear people trying to speak the language and end up doing what we call there the "Barok Eng [...]

    12. Sure, it's depressing, but does that make it good? In other words, is that all a book needs to achieve in order to be worth reading? I think not, and I can find no other reason to read Beasts of No Nation.What about raising awareness? Personally, my awareness was already raised. I knew about child soldiers and the horrors of modern low-tech warfare going in, and this book contained no new information. In fact, more accurate information could be obtained through the news source of your choice. Fi [...]

    13. This short book took a long time to read, my heart and mind could only handle short doses of the content - well-written, the horror of war is all too tangible.

    14. And this is how it is starting God. When I’m closing my eyes, I am seeing the rainy season in my village. You can be finding the ground is washing away beneath your feet. Nothing is ever for sure. And everything is always changing. In response to the #OscarSoWhite debate, Dame Helen Mirren said, “One of the reasons it went that way – Idris Elba absolutely would have been nominated for an Oscar. He wasn’t because not enough people saw, or wanted to see, a film about child soldiers.” Tha [...]

    15. first of all it is the best book I 've read this year so far !!! and certainly will be on my all time recommended books list .at was said now back to my review :)beasts of no nation is totally and shockingly alive read from the very beginning where Agu the main character and narrator of the novel becomes your AVATAR with a poetic and natural unilateral voice you experience a breathtaking extreme violence and slaughter beyond your imagination yet it s happening each day in real life around you !! [...]

    16. Το βιβλίο αυτό αποτελεί την βάση για την φετινή ταινία Beasts Of No Nation, σε σκηνοθεσία Cary Joji Fukunaga (True Detective 1) και με πρωταγωνιστή τον Idris Elba, που παίρνει εξαιρετικές κριτικές και την οποία σκοπεύω να δω στο άμεσο μέλλον. Μόλις έμαθα ότι το βιβλίο υπάρχει στα ελληνικά, δεν άργησα να τ [...]

    17. Heart-breaking account of a young boy's life after he is captured by a band of soldiers who are terrorizing the country-side of an unnamed African country. Very tough to read, especially knowing that this story is based on fact.

    18. This review was originally published on my blogWarning: Contains spoilers. I really wanted to love this book and savor every word of it and then put it on my 'favorite-books' shelf along with my other favorites. The novel certainly seemed like my cup of tea, in the essence of dealing with heavy subjects of war brutality and child soldiers in Africa. I also read several reviews of this book, praising how shocking and powerful the novel is. I wouldn't dare to say that the book is 'overrated' but i [...]

    19. Iweala is a Nigerian-American writer, very young (fresh from Harvard) who has crafted a very fine debut novel about a nameless African country brutalized by a civil war fought in no small part by children. The narrator is one such child-soldier. This was an impulse purchase while stuck waiting for a delayed flight in the Indianapolis airport. The novel is short, lyrical in a dark but childlike way, and totally compelling. Agu is discovered by another child soldier hiding in a torched town. He wi [...]

    20. This is a book that punches.It is not a book for the faint hearted. It is savagely horrific, harrowingly heartbreaking, violently visceral and chillingly claustrophobic.With these terms, you might wonder why I rate it five stars. The answer is because it is a tale that needs to be told.My life is comfortable, yet, I complain about the stress of my fast paced job, the dust that gathers on the floors because I have little time to clean, the meals I eat out because I am too tired to cook, and the f [...]

    21. Agu's world is torn apart by war and after his father is killed, he is taken in by an intimidating Commander of guerilla fighters in the unnamed African country. The story is told from his POV - that of a child missing his old life and struggling with the brutalities he both experiences and commits. It is a powerfully emotional tale.

    22. My thoughts are wild about this book. Unlike the second half, I couldn't feel any emotional connection to the narrator in the first half. But right after the first half, it got more interesting, heartbreaking and pretty much intense.3.5/5

    23. This is a very hard book to read, but still an amazing fictional account of being a child soldier in an unnamed war in an unnamed West African country. Very different from the movie and not as stunning, but still innovative and captivating until the last word. A very quick, but powerful read.

    24. This was a brutal and interesting story to read. This is the story of Agu and he takes the reader through his everyday life of a child soldier in Africa.

    25. Usually it's the governments, the 'rebels', the guns, but hardly the subjects and victims in their own perspective and most importantly in their own voice.Uzodinma Iweala does a remarkable job in capturing the voice and view point of a child in a very unfortunate life.

    26. 3.5Maybe I MIGHT be able to find the correct words to review this novel. If I do I will be back for a proper review. If not, just know that my emotions and thoughts are all over the place!

    27. What would it feel like to open a child's skull and have a look inside at the thoughts he is having? And what of this child was a soldier during the civial war in Africa?Uzodinma writes a novel narrated by Agu, the child mentioned above; and the narrating style alone is sufficient to give this book 5 stars!Despite being a tiny book, the emotions inside are a burden!The english used is so poetic and makes you believe that it is really a child talking to you through the pages!The images and descri [...]

    28. A child whose innocence is lost forever. This gut wrenching story is inspired by real events that happens to a child named Agu when he is turned into a child soldier. Although I have dealt with heavy subjects in my writing, this book really disturbed me because this was about a child in horrible circumstances. It was so vivid that it brought out all kinds of emotions in me. Most times I felt sad but sometimes I was very angry with Agu and then I would remember that he is just a child. In the end [...]

    29. i feel totally confused about how many stars to give this book. there are things about it that are amazinge consistency of voice, for one thing. but the voice is also something that confused mewhy is he talking this way? who is he talking to? but now that i've finished it, i am thinking that he was telling Amy his story and that is why he spoke that way.i was definitely moved and sometimes thoroughly disgusted by the story; it definitely had a visceral impact on met i never grew to feel attached [...]

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