Beasts of No Nation

Beasts of No Nation

by Uzodinma Iweala
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Beasts of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala

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. Both a searing take on coming-of-age and a vivid document of the dark face of war, Beasts of No Nation announces the arrival of an extaordinary new writer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060798673
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/08/2005
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 4.87(w) x 7.12(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Uzodinma Iweala is also the author of Our Kind of People, a work of nonfiction. He lives in New York City and Lagos, Nigeria.

Hometown:

Potomac, Maryland

Date of Birth:

November 5, 1982

Place of Birth:

Washington, D.C.

Education:

A.B., Harvard University, Magna Cum Laude in English and American Literature and Language, 2004

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Beasts of No Nation 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
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A wonderful book
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Wordzmind More than 1 year ago
Written in Pidgen English, Beasts of No Nation captures the life of a child soldier perfectly. With his family torn apart by war, Agu, the child soldier that this book is based around, is adopted by militants. He becomes a man way before his time. All of the horrors of war are known by him. He is property of times that he has no control of. The title is perfect. I highly recommend this book. American teenagers would be wise to read it and thank God that they live here.
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FocoProject More than 1 year ago
What¿s that? You had a bad childhood? Dad spanked you with a leather belt because you punched your brother? Mommy didn¿t let you go out with your friends because they were hanging out with college boys? You only had one electronic game console and it was not the most current one? Damn, that must have been hard. But hey, at least your dad was not shot in front of you. Right? At least you were not forced to join a militia, and then asked to kill other children or women by jumping on their chest until their lungs are bruised to a pulp and they spit out bloody messes out of their mouth.

I assure you, however bad your childhood was, it will not compare to the childhood of Agu, a Nigerian child caught in the claws of Civil War. Homeless and left without a family, he is forced to become a man long before his time, conflicting with everything he has ever thought, stuck between survival and morality.

Though a bit difficult to read, given the fact that it is writen as if Agu himself were telling (with grammatical errors, phonetic spelling and expressed in broken english) the story, this story grabs you by the throat and forces you into it. For a first novel¿well hell even if it were not a first novel¿this book is a raw literary blade. A must read and to boot, its not a terribly long read, approximately 150 pages¿
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the prose of this book! While reading, I could picture quite clearly a little boy trying to make sense of his crazy world. Outstanding.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Uzodinma Iweala is a master of voice and prose. He uses his amazing talents and skills to describe the horrible war zone that many Africans live in, while also creating a voice of a small boy--a voice that is completely believable--to tell this story. Your eyes will create rivers from the sad events of this story, and your stomach will churn in directions you didn't think possible, but the story and what it stands for will teach you something-- and hopefully get you to help fight against the horrible things that go on in this novel. Iweala has composed a piece that will truly become a classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i thought this book was going to be an easy read and quick book to do for my project, but it was actually hard to make out some of the sentences and the words were kind of confusing, but I love how it is filled with action and imagery and the author writes like he was actually there during the war and hardships.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very hard to read at times because of the contents. But is was wonderfully written. I can't believe that it is the writters first novel. He is very gifted.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beasts of No Nation is, paradoxically, a beautiful portrayal of the dehumanization of war. The juxtaposition of the lyrical prose against raw and bloody brutality carves the author's message deep into your heart. And the way the young protagonist's commander manipulates him by convincing him that the people he is killing are the 'enemy, stealing our food' reminds me of the machinations of the US military in 'The Black H,' by Pax. This is a must read book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The BEASTS OF NO NATION story reigns true in the countless civil wars that have ravaged Africa from the East (Somalia, Congo, Rwanda) to the South (Mozambique and Angola) the West (Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria) and in Algeria and Sudan. It is mirrored in the light of the Palestinian. The underlying theme of teenage soldiers being used for a cause against their comprehension is a dehumanizing crime that should be met with the harshest of punishment against the perpetrators.
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