Radiance of Tomorrow

[a Novel]

Beah, Ishmael

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Radiance of Tomorrow
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"In the aftermath of the war in Sierra Leone, a village comes together to regain the beauty of life as it was in the past"-- "A haunting, beautiful first novel by the bestselling author of A Long Way Gone When Ishmael Beah's A Long Way Gone was published in 2007, it soared to the top of bestseller lists, becoming an instant classic: a harrowing account of Sierra Leone's civil war and the fate of child soldiers that "everyone in the world should read" (The Washington Post). Now Beah, whom Dave Eggers has called "arguably the most read African writer in contemporary literature," has returned with his first novel, an affecting, tender parable about postwar life in Sierra Leone. At the center of Radiance of Tomorrow are Benjamin and Bockarie, two longtime friends who return to their hometown, Imperi, after the civil war. The village is in ruins, the ground covered in bones. As more villagers begin to come back, Benjamin and Bockarie try to forge a new community by taking up their former posts as teachers, but they're beset by obstacles: a scarcity of food; a rash of murders, thievery, rape, and retaliation; and the depredations of a foreign mining company intent on sullying the town's water supply and blocking its paths with electric wires. As Benjamin and Bockarie search for a way to restore order, they're forced to reckon with the uncertainty of their past and future alike. With the gentle lyricism of a dream and the moral clarity of a fable, Radiance of Tomorrow is a powerful novel about preserving what means the most to us, even in uncertain times"--

Publisher: New York :, Sarah Crichton Books, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 0374246025
9780374246020
Characteristics: ix, 242 pages ;,22 cm

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Mar 16, 2015
  • trudat rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I have never been this angry reading anything in my life. Not angry at the author... but about his subject, about the injustice in the world, about my powerlessness to stop it. This is not a light story, but I am the better for having read it.

Feb 19, 2014

"A first novel by the internationally best-selling author of A Long Way Gone is an intimate parable about postwar life in Sierra Leone in which two long-time friends return to their ruined home village and struggle to rebuild in the face of violence, scarcity and a corrupt foreign mining company." Fiction A to Z February 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/5fdf91da-47ce-498a-9809-d124d568f696?postId=8c92a5c1-369b-4131-85d1-534a1bd46a6b

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