The Resource Beasts of no nation : a novel, Uzodinma Iweala

Beasts of no nation : a novel, Uzodinma Iweala

Label
Beasts of no nation : a novel
Title
Beasts of no nation
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Uzodinma Iweala
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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, which he fled just before witnessing, 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. As he vividly recalls these sunnier times, his daily reality spins further downward into inexplicable brutality, primal fear, and loss of selfhood. His relationship with his commander deepens even as it darkens, and his camaraderie with a fellow soldier lends a deceptive sense of normalcy to his experience. In a powerful, strikingly original voice that vividly captures Agu's youth and confusion, Uzodinma Iweala has produced a harrowing, deeply affecting novel. Both a searing take on coming-of-age and a vivid document of the dark face of war, Beasts of No Nation announces the arrival of an extraordinary new writer
Summary
Young Agu is asleep in a one-room shack when he hears them breaking through the door. Dragged out in the muddy, rain-soaked road, he lies prone before a shabby band of guerilla soldiers. Their leader, the imposing Commandant, will decide Agu's fate. In lieu of a swift execution, he is coerced to join their rebel army wher he finds a paternal figure in the Commandant. As he participates in a series of savage compaigns, he must face the sickening reality of his own dehumanization
Theme
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 2006.
  • Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, 2005.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2006
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
137343
Cataloging source
SDE
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Iweala, Uzodinma,
Dewey number
FIC
Index
no index present
Intended audience
1140L
Intended audience source
Lexile
LC call number
PS3609.W43
LC item number
B43 2006
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1140
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Child soldiers
  • Child soldiers
  • Africa
  • Africa
Target audience
adult
Label
Beasts of no nation : a novel, Uzodinma Iweala
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Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Includes "P.S. insights, interviews & more" at end of book
  • Hardcover edition published in 2005 by HarperCollins
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
71275635
Dimensions
18 cm.
Edition
First Harper Perennial edition.
Extent
xii, 142 pages, 20 pages
Isbn
9780060798673
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Label
Beasts of no nation : a novel, Uzodinma Iweala
Link
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Includes "P.S. insights, interviews & more" at end of book
  • Hardcover edition published in 2005 by HarperCollins
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
71275635
Dimensions
18 cm.
Edition
First Harper Perennial edition.
Extent
xii, 142 pages, 20 pages
Isbn
9780060798673
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n

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