Beasts of No Nation: A Novel (P.S.)

Beasts of No Nation: A Novel (P.S.) - Uzodinma Iweala Beasts of No Nation encapsulates, in narrator Agu’s voice, the mixture of formative development at the mercy of war with the already muddled journey to adulthood that has a boy comparing, still, all the women he meets to his mother. Unapologetically graphic, and clearly sympathetic, Iweala’s book is a strong shot to swallow rather than a novel one might expect to sip. Its effectiveness may come in exposing Western readers to a world they often do not see, or wish to notice, but the language is sharp and stands as a good contemporary counterpoint to benefit students of classic Western war novels such as "All Quiet On the Western Front."(Some reviewers question Iweala’s authenticity in writing a narrative involving a boy soldier without his having first-hand experience of the job. Requiring first-hand experience in authorship is a bizarre standard to set and would, if applied to others, eliminate about 80% of novels published. Are we all so unimaginative?)