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Uzodinma Iweala

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Uzodinma Iweala is the author of Beasts of No Nation, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2007 he was selected as one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists. A näytä lisää graduate of Harvard University and the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, he lives in New York City and Abuja, Nigeria. näytä vähemmän
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Associated Works

Granta 97: Best of Young American Novelists 2 (2007) — Avustaja — 196 kappaletta
The Decameron Project: 29 New Stories from the Pandemic (2020) — Avustaja — 112 kappaletta
Rotten English: A Literary Anthology (2007) — Avustaja — 76 kappaletta

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Thought the first third was a 5 star story of clashing cultures between first and second generation immigrants, the last third a 5 star story of race and privilege in contemporary America, and the middle kinda “meh”. So it’s not a novel without its faults but still, worth an overall top notch rating.
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lelandleslie | 22 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 24, 2024 |
I'd encourage you to avoid reading this book and instead watch the film. The premise could be executed in a few ways, but the prose of the novel doesn't do justice to the poetry of the movie.

To start with, it is way too mawkish and exploitative in its approach. The idea of child rebel soldiers already provides a great deal of empathy. But the childlike writing (with broken English and simplistic analogies) made me want to shy away--like it was patting me on the back in a patronizing approach. It's also a difficult sit, with the explanations of warfare and other graphic details.

The film, however, is much better at approaching something that should be the emotional core of the story: how this young man starts as a normal boy, is corrupted, and whether or not he'll be able to return.

The book doesn't do that (it starts with him already in war). And with that loss of an arc, you're really just reading Oliver Twist in The Red Badge of Courage (Africa edition). It's admirable, but just falls short. And I worry that some of it has to do with the fact that the author didn't live these experiences and is such trying to tell the story in an inauthentic way. And that's rather unfortunate as this is a topic that should be addressed in a remarkable way. But this book isn't it.
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JuntaKinte1968 | 48 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 6, 2023 |
Two characters narrate their sides of a story. Book heads in one direction then does a U Turn. I didn't love it but it was beautifully written.
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secondhandrose | 22 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 31, 2023 |
Truly an outstanding and original work! This book is the story of a young boy who joins up with rebel forces somewhere in Africa. He narrates his own tale in a broken English that is very lyrical. The book is extremely graphic, but also incredibly moving. It really makes you think. And has the potential to make you cry. It's a short, compelling read that can be finished in a day or two.
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Anita_Pomerantz | 48 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 23, 2023 |



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