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Beasts of No Nation: A Novel

 
 
 
 
Beasts of No Nation: A Novel
Author: Uzodinma Iweala
ISBN 13: 9780060798673
ISBN 10: 6079867
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: 2005-11-08
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 142
List Price: $16.95
 
 

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, 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.

In a powerful, strikingly original voice that vividly captures Agu's youth and confusion, Uzodinma Iweala has produced a harrowing, inventive, and deeply affecting novel.

The New York Times - Janet Maslin

Beasts of No Nation leaves the reader with one resonant, beautiful sentence that captures everything the author has set out to say. That sentence deserves to be read in the full context of this universal soldier's story.