Beasts of No Nation, Paperback
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Agu is just a boy when war arrives at his village. His mother and sister are rescued by the UN, while he and his father remain to fight the rebels. 'Run!' shouts his father when the rebels arrive. And Agu does run. Straight into the rebels' path. In a vivid, sparkling voice, Agu tells the story of what happens to him next.

His story is shocking and painful, and completely unforgettable. Beasts of No Nation gives us an extraordinary portrait of the chaos and violence of war.

It is a gripping and remarkable debut.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192 pages, n/a
  • Publisher: John Murray General Publishing Division
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: War & combat fiction
  • ISBN: 9780719567537



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This deals with the gruesome reality of African child soldiers. The narrator's voice is so convincing, not really a creole but certainly evoking one, that it's a shock to read the acknowledgements in elegant standard English at the end of the book. It turns out that the author has spent most of his life in the USA. This is definitely not a book for fragile sensibilities. But the gruesome elements, however shocking, push he reader to engage imaginatively with something we know to be real.

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