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Beasts of No Nation: A Novel (英语) 平装 – 2006年8月15日

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  • 出版社: Harper Perennial; Reprint (2006年8月15日)
  • 外文书名: 没有国界的妖兽(小说)
  • 丛书名: P.S.
  • 平装: 176页
  • 语种: 英语
  • ISBN: 0060798688
  • 条形码: 9780060798680
  • 商品尺寸: 12.4 x 1.2 x 18.1 cm
  • 商品重量: 168 g
  • ASIN: 0060798688
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Iweala's visceral debut is unrelenting in its brutality and unremitting in its intensity. Agu, the precocious, gentle son of a village schoolteacher father and a Bible-reading mother, is dragooned into an unnamed West African nation's mad civil war—a slip of a boy forced, almost overnight, to shoulder a soldier's bloody burden. The preteen protagonist is molded into a fighting man by his demented guerrilla leader and, after witnessing his father's savage slaying, by an inchoate need to belong to some kind of family, no matter how depraved. He becomes a killer, gripped by a muddled sense of revenge as he butchers a mother and daughter when his ragtag unit raids a defenseless village; starved for both food and affection, he is sodomized by his commandant and rewarded with extra food scraps and a dry place to sleep. The subject of the 23-year-old novelist's story—Iweala is American born of Nigerian descent—is gripping enough. But even more stunning is the extraordinarily original voice with which this tale is told. The impressionistic narration by a boy constantly struggling to understand the incomprehensible is always breathless, often breathtaking and sometimes heartbreaking. Its odd singsong cadence and twisted use of tense take a few pages to get used to, but Iweala's electrifying prose soon enough propels a harrowing read. (Nov. 8)
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Iweala's visceral debut is unrelenting in its brutality and unremitting in its intensity. Agu, the precocious, gentle son of a village schoolteacher father and a Bible-reading mother, is dragooned into an unnamed West African nation's mad civil war—a slip of a boy forced, almost overnight, to shoulder a soldier's bloody burden. The preteen protagonist is molded into a fighting man by his demented guerrilla leader and, after witnessing his father's savage slaying, by an inchoate need to belong to some kind of family, no matter how depraved. He becomes a killer, gripped by a muddled sense of revenge as he butchers a mother and daughter when his ragtag unit raids a defenseless village; starved for both food and affection, he is sodomized by his commandant and rewarded with extra food scraps and a dry place to sleep. The subject of the 23-year-old novelist's story—Iweala is American born of Nigerian descent—is gripping enough. But even more stunning is the extraordinarily original voice with which this tale is told. The impressionistic narration by a boy constantly struggling to understand the incomprehensible is always breathless, often breathtaking and sometimes heartbreaking. Its odd singsong cadence and twisted use of tense take a few pages to get used to, but Iweala's electrifying prose soon enough propels a harrowing read. (Nov. 8)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

From The New Yorker
This startling début by a young American-Nigerian writer follows the fortunes of Agu, a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country. Iweala's acute imagining of Agu's perspective allows him to depict the war as a mesh of bestial pleasures and pain. As seen through Agu's eyes, machetes sound like music, and bodies come apart on roads so cracked that you can see "the red mud bleeding from underneath." Agu has a child's primitive drive that enables him to survive his descent into hell, and, despite the brutality he witnesses and participates in, to keep hold of something resembling optimism. The contrast between his belief in the future and the horrific descriptions of the world around him makes Agu a haunting narrator.
Copyright © 2006 The New Yorker

From Bookmarks Magazine
Iweala, 23, a first-time novelist, does not know violence firsthand. But as an undergraduate at Harvard, he traveled to Nigeria, conducted research, and turned his senior thesis (directed by Jamaica Kincaid) into a novel. The topic couldn’t be timelier: an estimated 100,000 to 300,000 child soldiers currently fight in armed conflicts around the world. Written in an appropriately choppy, raw present-tense that captures Agu’s visceral, gut-wrenching emotions as he kills innocent women and children, Beasts introduces a powerful new voice in fiction. It’s not an easy one to swallow, however. But despite Agu’s transformation, critics remained astonishingly sympathetic to him until the end. Though circumstances may shape people forever, "Iweala seems to tell us in this potent work, no one—especially a child—is ever totally beyond hope" (San Francisco Chronicle).

Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc.

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平均5.0 星 the writing style is actually one of the strengths of the novel 2016年8月26日
评论者 Ed Schmied - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
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I was blown away by this book. The author's writing style/vernacular of the character/plot takes a little getting used to, but contrary to other negative reviews saying it takes away from the book/story, I thought that it enhanced it to a whole new level. Flowing prose and beautiful language can be nice, but this is much more real, putting it much deeper in the perspective and psyche of one from Africa. Iweala does an excellent job of preserving the language and writing style through the book, and I for one thought it was brilliantly done.

The book also raises amazing questions about evil, struggle, and forgiveness, among many others. I found myself dumbstruck at the end, constantly pondering the questions that were in my head and amazed at how beautifully Iweala conveyed the ideas. This book was great on every level, and I tell everyone about when asked for recommendations.
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平均5.0 星 A Must Read! 2015年12月6日
评论者 Cedar Hollow Horror Reviews - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
版本: 平装 已确认购买
This book is not for the faint of heart. It is a fictionalized account of the guerrilla warfare in Africa. Beasts of No Nation has become a Netflix original film as well. The story evolves around Agu, a young boy who is haunted by his father's death, and thrown into the violence and civil war of his West African country. After committing horrible acts for his guerrilla group, he starts to forget his childhood and his home from wince he came. Not only does he have to go through the shock and mental anguish of guerrilla warfare, he also has to deal with two other things that change his life forever. I will not give anything away, but I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to read. This book will leave you in contemplation well after you have finished reading it.
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平均2.0 星 Struggling with the writing style 2017年5月9日
评论者 Michelle M. Chapman - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
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I bought the book based on the recommendation of a friend. He, like the main character, was a child soldier forced into a situation he was too young to be a part of or understand. And now as an adult he is back in his home country striving to improve agricultural practices and education as a way to prevent these horrors from recurring. He thought it would help people understand what his situation was like.

Personally, I hope he writes his own story as his true life account is far more heart wrenching, captivating and in the end inspiring than this book.

I am halfway through the book and I am struggling to read it. I understand it is to be seen through the eyes of the child with English as his second language, But, the writing style takes away from the story and makes it very hard to become engaged with the book. I plan to finish it as my friend suggested it, but the story would have been more effective written in a different style
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平均4.0 星 Yes, The Author Wrote This At Harvard, It Is Still A Good Book 2015年6月11日
评论者 Art V.H. - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
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I had to read this for a class, "Comparative Globalisations," for what it's worth. It was not my favourite of the books we read (see: JM Coetzee "Waiting for the Barbarians;" Juan Bonilla "The Nubian Prince") but it was not my least favourite either. The book is told in a permanent present tense. "He is telling me these things and they are making me to be feeling afraid." Which can take some getting used to, but once you get into it the technique is utterly riveting and you cannot escape.

I won't talk too much about the book, other than to say if you want a relatively provocative fable of child-soldiers, this book is pretty good.

Yes, Iweala was never a child soldier--his mother is Finance Minister of Nigeria, and was briefly considered to run the IMF a couple years back (Ngozi Okonj- Iweala), and he wrote this for his Harvard thesis. Be that as it may, the story is still incredibly powerful, and we can feel trapped along with the character Agu as he fights in a war he cannot control nor understand. Some have said the ending is too abrupt or feels "tacked-on," which, honestly, is kinda true. But I choose to believe there is a reason for the abruptness of the last chapter. What that is I will not venture to say in this short space.

I should say that the copy I bought shipped with mold all over the outside of the pages and spreading through the back. Not sure if it was in a damp storage facility for too long or what. There was no note of it in the seller's page, other than "Used--Good Condition." Maybe they should specify if the used book they are selling could go on to produce spores...