I said I would enter the reading challenge and I have but I don’t have a list of books. I have decided to read the books then add them to the list.
I just finished A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah and like he said it is worth the read. It is told in a very matter of fact way, no embellishments, no style but it gets the message across. I don’t know if I would have been able to read it if it hadn’t been written like it is. It is a harrowing story, a 12 year old boy slitting someone’s throat with a bayonet is hard enough to comprehend without it being written in language that evokes the images vividly, so I am kind of glad it is not very well written. It is a very sad reality where these boys are taken from their families and recruited into the army (the army, not the rebel forces, the bloody army.) I am inspired to find out more.
Read this but I emaphasize, the writing is lacklustre at best.
I am going to take a break now and read the only Tony Parson’s book I haven’t yet read, The Family Way.