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Beasts of no nation : a novel
Uzodinma Iweala
Adult Fiction IWEALA

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Summary: 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. Unlike anything else we have read this year, it is a gripping and remarkable debut.

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main characters Agu
Age: Preteen
Precocious; caught in the middle of a civil war; forced to become a soldier; witnessed his father's slaying; longs to belong to some kind of family; rewarded by his guerrilla leader for killing people; struggling to comprehend life around him.

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