Beasts of No Nation Movie Tie-in: Movie Tie-In Edition

By Uzodinma Iweala
Read by  Simon Manyonda

4.22 Hours 10/13/2015 unabridged
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    ISBN: 9780062456069

Now a critically-acclaimed Netflix original film directed by Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) and starring Idris Elba (Mandela, The Wire)—the movie-tie in edition of the harrowing, utterly original debut novel by Uzodinma Iweala about the life of a child soldier in a war-torn African country. As civil war ravages an unnamed West-African nation, Agu, the school-aged protagonist of this stunning debut novel, is recruited into a unit of guerilla fighters. 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 continues to spin further downward into inexplicable brutality, primal fear, and loss of selfhood. In a powerful, strikingly original voice, Uzodinma Iweala leads the reader through the random travels, betrayals, and violence that mark Agu’s new community. Electrifying and engrossing, Beasts of No Nation announces the arrival of an extraordinary new writer.

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Summary

Summary

Now a critically-acclaimed Netflix original film directed by Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) and starring Idris Elba (Mandela, The Wire)—the movie-tie in edition of the harrowing, utterly original debut novel by Uzodinma Iweala about the life of a child soldier in a war-torn African country.

As civil war ravages an unnamed West-African nation, Agu, the school-aged protagonist of this stunning debut novel, is recruited into a unit of guerilla fighters. 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 continues to spin further downward into inexplicable brutality, primal fear, and loss of selfhood. In a powerful, strikingly original voice, Uzodinma Iweala leads the reader through the random travels, betrayals, and violence that mark Agu’s new community. Electrifying and engrossing, Beasts of No Nation announces the arrival of an extraordinary new writer.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The contrast between his belief in the future and the horrific descriptions of the world around him makes Agu a haunting narrator.” New Yorker
“Iweala’s visceral debut is unrelenting in its brutality and unremitting in its intensity…extraordinarily original voice…electrifying prose…a harrowing read.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Uzodinma Iweala

Uzodinma Iweala won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and the Sue Kauf-man Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for Beasts of No Nation. He is also the author of Our Kind of People, a work of nonfiction. He lives in New York City and Lagos, Nigeria.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 4.22
Audience: Adult
Language: English