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A Long Way Gone: Introduction
A Long Way Gone: Plot Summary
A Long Way Gone: Detailed Summary & Analysis
A Long Way Gone: Themes
A Long Way Gone: Quotes
A Long Way Gone: Characters
A Long Way Gone: Symbols
A Long Way Gone: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Ishmael Beah
Historical Context of A Long Way Gone
- Full Title: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
- When Written: 2007
- Where Written: New York City
- When Published: 2007
- Genre: Memoir
- Setting: Sierra Leone, 1990’s
- Climax: Beah’s first battle as a child soldier
- Antagonist: Lieutenant Jabati
- Point of View: First Person Autobiography
Extra Credit for A Long Way Gone
Beah’s Return to Sierra Leone. In 2009, Beah was accompanied by an ABC camera crew in the return to his home of Sierra Leone, which he had not been back to since fleeing for New York City in October of 1997.
Saved by a blockbuster. The song on Beah’s cassette, which saves the boys twice, “O.P.P.” by Naughty by Nature, reached the 6th position on the Billboard Top 100 in the United States in 1992.