When war breaks out in his home of Sierra Leone, Ishmael not only loses his loved ones but also his faith in humanity. In spite of the horror that surrounds him, Ishmael finds the strength to love again. <3
I can honestly say that A Long Way Gone is one of my favorite books. I expected it to be an interesting read, but I was not aware of how heart touching and thought provoking I would find it to be.
Ishmael’s story gave me a new perspective on life. Before he was my age, Ishmael had lost all his loved ones and was a soldier in war. When I think of how Ishmael was able to overcome such tragedies and move forward in life, I realize that no matter what problems I face, I have the ability to overcome them. After reading A Long Way Gone, I have become more thankful of the fact that I have people in my life who I love and am loved by.
After serving as a boy soldier in the war, Ishmael developed a distrust with humanity as a whole. Perhaps he didn’t see how he could trust people that could cause so much devastation to each other.
I think that not only war, but any traumatic experience, particularly in someone’s childhood years, could cause a person to have trust issues. Many people who were victims of abuse, sexual abuse, bullying, or other traumatic situations may find it difficult- if not impossible- to trust people as they grow older. Maybe they feel that because they were hurt before, they will be hurt again if they put their trust in someone.
It would be difficult to regain the ability to trust people after an emotionally damaging experience. But, like in Ishmael’s case, I think it is possible. I believe you shouldn’t go through life with a fear that people are going to hurt you because then you will never fully enjoy being surrounded by the people who truly care about you.