[Web-Dorado_Zoom] [print_link]
September 21, 2019 | Rome, Italy

Beast of No Nation

By | 2018-03-21T18:27:57+02:00 September 1st, 2005|Recent Reviews|

By Uzodinma Iweala

Harper Collins, 2005. 142 pages.

Uzodinma Iweala’s child soldier keeps telling himself “I am not bad boy. I am not bad boy.” This while he’s compliantly, if dreamily, ushered through a slaughterhouse of a civil war in an unnamed African nation (Iweala, born in 1982, is Nigerian). The “not bad boy” refrain frames the book’s gloaming irony: it’s a tainted manchild, not an adult, hacking through these killing fields. Iweala’s brilliance is idiomatic. His book is chanted, scalding and staccato, a Homeric ode to folly pronounced in a unique patois. Iweala mostly avoids moralizing, a good thing as the corpses mount. Fine debut.

About the Author:

Book Staff
The Book Staff represents a series of authors who review books for the magazine on a regular basis.

Leave A Comment

Share This

Share this post with your friends!