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Uzodinma Iweala: 2008
Beasts of No Nation

07/21/2008  by Arlo Haskell  13 Comments
Uzodinma Iweala

Uzodinma Iweala

Uzodinma Iweala reads from his critically acclaimed debut novel Beasts of No Nation, which tells the story of Agu, a child soldier fighting in a civil war in an unnamed west African country. In this section we are introduced to Agu, his friend Strika, Luftenant, and Commandante, as Agu kills for the first time.

Luftenant is saying don’t think. Just let it happen. He is saying that the second you are stopping to think about it, your head is turning to the inside of rotten fruit. Commandante is saying it is like falling in love. You cannot be thinking about it. You are just having to do it, he is saying, and I am believing him. What else can I be doing?

From KWLS 2008: New Voices.


This recording is available for noncommercial and educational use only. All rights belong to the author.© 2008 Uzodinma Iweala. Used with permission from Uzodinma Iweala.

13 Responses

  1. tobechukwu okoye says:

    This book is a nice one, it really shows the qualities and productivity we are as Africans. Keep it up.

  2. Christina Dominique says:

    I have just read a synopsis of your book and in all reviews it has been named notable. I am looking forward to reading it.
    –Thanks for a contribution to great literature

  3. Kristin says:

    I just read this book for an extra assignment given to me in class and really felt the deep emotions conveyed in Agu. I really enjoyed this reading as well – it helped me connect to the text.

  4. Chinyere Anukam says:

    Been away from literature in a long while.Your book has plunged back my interest……..
    …It just took me back to what i have always loved.

  5. Amos Chy says:

    It’s nice literary work from Uzodimma. Keep it up!

  6. Emmanuel Ekpo says:

    I have just read the brief of this book and i must confess that its really catchy and intriguing,i really enjoyed it and found no trouble connecting with the story line,bravo for a great work such as this,you have proven to be a true son of Nigeria.

  7. Ebenezer Ogor says:

    Great Work…. Gr8 work from an American based Nigerian….

  8. paul says:

    Even though incredibly sad, it is great to listen.
    Will try to get the book and read it in full.

  9. nwanne chinwuba says:

    I have read the synopsis,reviews and everything I could lay my hands on and I have enjoyed them immensely, but it has been very difficult to get a copy of the novel,here,in Lagos,Nigeria and it is a pity.

  10. Ogulo prince says:

    Great work… froman american great based Nigeria

  11. Nonso says:

    I have read this book. Uzodinma is remarkable in the construction of his characters. I love his writing style. It is unique.

  12. David Wurawa says:

    Well done Mr Iweala. This is a truly a well written work of literature. The truth of your words and the state of affairs in many African states where children are robbed of their youth and innocence on a daily basis leave me sad and helpless.

  13. Taofeek says:

    An insightful work that adds to the previous works done by Nigeria’s literary giants Wole soyinka, Chinua achebe and others. Thanks for keeping the energy flowing.

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