This autobiography book is about a boy in Sierra Leone who his village was attacked by the rebel, Revolutionary United Front (RUF), during his childhood. He had to flee from his hometown before met a government army and was picked up as a child soldier.
Since I barely read a non-fiction book especially autobiography. I don’t know how to review or criticize the story an author has been through. He wrote in such an easy word to read and keeps me wonder what is going to happen. The story itself is frightens me. Meanwhile, I feel that he has a clear, too clear, memory. I sometimes think his recollection is too prefect to believe what he was telling is true. Although he said in a book that he has an excellent memory (“To this day, I have an excellent photographic memory that enables me to remember details of the day-to-day moments of my life, indelibly,”).
Nevertheless, his photographic memory apparently fails him during his time in the army, as he skips over this period remarkably quickly (he wrote only two chapters). I don’t know if this because of his drug addiction throughout that time.
As I said, his unstable memory made me suspect about his reliability. However, I think that is not the main point of this book. The point is there are many brutally and violently things happened in Sierra Leone cause by both rebel and army side. Civilian are affected most between this turmoil, being killed and tortured. Children being separated from their family, some was being used as a child soldier. This is a memoir of one boy, but his experiences were shared by an entire generation. These things should not happen to anyone.
Read from December 05 to 18, 2016