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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Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Here is an example of the narration: As terrifying as this pure, ruined child-voice is, Iweala suggests, a silence here would be much more terrifying.

But I am only knowing this now because I am soldier now. There is sound coming from all the other soldier. I found myself dumbstruck at the end, constantly pondering the questions that were in my head and amazed at how beautifully Iweala conveyed the ideas. The author skillfully dissimulated himself behind the voice of a young soldier, a beast by circumstances, an orphan by war, a victim of sexual abuse and governmental ignorance.

But right after the first half, it got more interesting, heartbreaking and pretty much intense. I’d highly recommend reading a sample of this. Nov 25, George K. In fact, more accurate information could be obtained through the news source of your choice.

Review: Beasts of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala | Books | The Observer

Iweala’s visceral debut is unrelenting in its brutality and unremitting in its intensity. They got nobody but theyselfs to blame for Netflix blowing up their expensive machinery. Iweala, although still in his early 20’s, knows instinctively to avoid bolstering an uneducated narrator’s tale with pointedly skilled phrases of his own.


His mother and sister were taken by a UN truck to a safer place, yet Agu never knows if they made it to safety. It was not my favourite of the books we read see: This short book took a long time to read, my heart and mind could only handle short doses of the content – well-written, the horror of war is all too tangible.

It gets much harder before the end, although I was left with a hopeful …more I don’t know if it would be worth reading for you if you are crying at page View all 3 comments.

It’s an apocalyptic piece. Add both to Cart Add both to List.

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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. I found it, at the very least, distracting, if not altogether annoying. Our favorite Lit Hub stories of the year. My life is comfortable, yet, I complain about the stress of my fast paced job, the dust that gathers on the floors because I have little time to clean, the meals Brasts eat out because I am too tired to cook, and the fact that there lweala too few hours and too much to do.


We who live in privilege countries take our safety and happiness and security for granted. The human nature keeps on amazine me!

Beasts of No Nation: A Novel: Uzodinma Iweala: : Books

It’s hard not to feel like a jerk when you dislike a book about child soldiers, rape and the atrocities of war. I did not appreciate this book. I thought they would have to be very creative with the film adaptation to get an entire movie from a page book that is completely narrated by a child.

Add both to Cart Add both to List. Be that as it may, the story is still incredibly powerful, and we can feel trapped along with the character Agu as he fights in a war he cannot control nor understand.

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Iweala writes in a stunningly descriptive and brutal way and your stomach will turn numerous times as you read through this brief novel. I iwela very bothered by it because even though we’re never told Agu’s age, I kept thinking about my nephews. Nothing is ever for sure. What makes this book so fascinating is Agu’s distinctive voice:

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