Analysis Of 'A Long Way Gone : Memoirs Of A Boy Soldier'

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What is it about a book that keeps one reading? One continues to read a book when it is interesting and if they can make a connection to it. But, what makes a book interesting? There are many ways authors attract their readers. Authors use different techniques like, circle chronological order style, evoking strong emotions, and creating complex characters to shock and lure their readers. Many authors use circle chronological order style when writing their book. “Instead of simply beginning at the beginning, you begin at the end. Many essays and pieces of fiction use this technique. They begin by talking about or hinting at how the story ends, then go back to the beginning” (David Lee Finkle). In A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, Ishmael Beah uses this style of writing in the prologue. He starts the story off in New York, where his high school friends were questioning his past life in the war. The page is headed “New York , 1998.” “My high school friends have begun to suspect I haven’t told them the full story of my life…‘Why did you leave Sierra Leone?’ ‘Because there is a war’” (Beah 4). This shows that, at the end, Ishmael lived through a war and made it out of Sierra Leone before he attended high school. Circle chronological order was also a style used in Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil. The story starts off with Deborah getting Roshanna and her family ready for the engagement party. At the engagement party, Roshanna and her groom

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