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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Beasts of No Nations. Beasts of No Nations. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. I am not even sure why I bought this.

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Stories like this are too hard to read when they’re merely factual. Very different from the movie and not as stunning, but still innovative and captivating until the last word. These respites were welcomed if short lived but despite the horror, this book is so absorbing because of the language. Turn autoplay off Uzodinna autoplay on. Iweala does an excellent job of preserving the language and writing style through the book, and I for one thought it was brilliantly done.

After seeing the film, I was in awe of Abraham Attah who plays the role of Agu. The Commandant eventually takes the battalion to the village of his birth where they visit a brothel.

English Choose a language for shopping. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. I went in expecting that a child soldier would be irrevocably scarred, and came out with the same surface-level knowledge.

Earlier this year Granta published Delia Jarrett-Macauley’s first novel, Moses, Citizen and Me, the considered and multi-layered story of a Sierra Leone family blasted apart by one of its children turning boy soldier in the civil war. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. The Beasts of Od Nation 1 20 Apr 03, Buy the selected items together This item: After committing horrible acts for his guerrilla group, he starts to forget his childhood and his home from wince he came.


Ships from and sold by Amazon. His wish to escape the army finally comes true when Rambo leads nno successful revolt against the Commandant in a period of agonising lack of basic necessities. The author’s use of present tense works like an incantation, grasping you by the throat tightly, it makes you breathless in nk hyperventilating kind of uzocinma, you cannot stop – only turn the page, trying to read faster if only to get to the end of it.

The contrast between his belief in the future and the horrific descriptions of the world around him makes Agu a haunting narrator. 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.

To say the movie is intense would be an understatement. Its final chapter, with Agu in geasts fantasyland of rehabilitation, is tremendous; it is as if the whole book existed to point up the terrible lostness in its very last line.

It is a work of fevered mourning. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.

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 bexsts much. Nov 08, Kelly and the Book Boar rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

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He becomes a killer, gripped by a muddled nattion of revenge uzzodinma he butchers a mother and daughter when his ragtag unit raids a defenseless village; starved for both food and affection, he is sodomized by his commandant and rewarded with extra food scraps and a dry place to sleep. Customers who bought this item also bought. Iweala’s acute imagining of Agu’s perspective allows him to depict the war as a mesh of bestial pleasures and pain.

Lists with This Book. This page was last edited on 18 Novemberat Uzpdinma a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It is brutal in its description of child soldiers forced to fight after being ripped away from their homes by rebels in a fictional African town.


They mount an attack but Agu runs away at his father’s wishes. Out of jealousy, this hit was ordered by the Commandant because Luftenant was promoted to ‘General’ before him.

Not only does Agu employ idiosyncratic phrasing that marks his voice as vaguely foreign to the Western reader, but his observations remain naive and non-introspective throughout: In fact, the narration rang hollow on the perspective front.

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. Is this feature helpful? I expect this novel will join that in the shelves of ageless literature. This review was originally published on my blog Warning: The book is an antidote to any possible view for those of us who encounter this world, if at all, at the comfortable remove of a CNN, NY Times, or Newsweek report, shaking our heads, perhaps absolving ourselves of responsibility on the grounds that the situation is beyond reason or hope and seems to feature murderers killing murderers.

Sure, it’s depressing, but does that make it good?

Beasts of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala

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ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Told from the point-of-view of a little boy of unknown age from an unnamed West African country, Beasts of No Nation begins as Agu is discovered in hiding and brought before the Commandant of a rebel squad.

The book does not give any direct clue as to which country it takes place in, and it remains undisclosed. Jan 13, Rick rated it really liked it Shelves: To ask other readers questions about Beasts of No Nationplease sign up.