- Title: Beneath the Darkening Sky
- Author: Majok Tulba
- ISBN: 9781926428420
- Page: 315
- Format: Paperback
On the day that Obinna s village is savagely attacked by the rebel army and his father murdered, he witnesses violence beyond his imagination Along with his older brother he finds himself thrown into a truck when the soldiers leave, to be shaped into an agent of horror a child soldier Marched through minefields and forced into battle, enduring a brutal daily existence,On the day that Obinna s village is savagely attacked by the rebel army and his father murdered, he witnesses violence beyond his imagination Along with his older brother he finds himself thrown into a truck when the soldiers leave, to be shaped into an agent of horror a child soldier Marched through minefields and forced into battle, enduring a brutal daily existence, Obinna slowly works out which parts of himself to save and which to sacrifice in this world turned upside down Beneath the Darkening Sky is a terrifyingly powerful, brilliantly insightful portrait of how a human being copes when forced to become inhuman Like all great fiction, it imagines the unimaginable, and announces the arrival of a searing new voice from the heart of Africa.
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5★ISIS recruits - PAY ATTENTION! This is Sudan, but now someone needs to write a book like this for ISIS recruits. Kids are expendable landmine detectors for the SAE (Sudanese Armed Forces) and suicide bombers for ISIS.This is the reality. Cannon fodder, in old terms. No glory, only guts, splattered.These are the words that kept running through my mind: massacre, slaughter, butcher. Horrendous, barbaric, brutal. Unbearable. INEXCUSABLE. People are as primitive and evil now as they ever were du [...]
Beneath the Darkening Sky tells the horrifying story of the life of Obinna. One night the rebels come to Obinna's village to wreak havoc; burning huts, randomly beheading the men and lining up the children, taking anyone higher than the size of an AK-47. Obinna and his brother Akot find themselves taken to join the revolution. Akot seems to take to training but Obinna refuses to really join the rebels, while he has been taken he never really accepts their ideals. It was a soldier called Priest t [...]
Obinna, an 11-year-old boy, and his brother are taken from their village one night, when it is violently ambushed by the SAF. Obinna witness’s atrocities no child should ever witness and this is his bare-all and hold nothing back account of life as a child soldier. At times you can see a glimmer of hope for Obinna as he relentlessly fights to keep his sanity amongst a group of peopleintent on destroying the child to create a mindless soldier. Obinna’s story will make you feel everything he s [...]
Beneath the Darkening Sky is disturbing, brutal and tragic. It's also beautifully written and perfectly weighted. I read every word of this book. It tells the truth in a way that transcends the fictional nature of the novel. Possibly not for everyone, but I loved it.
I learnt about this title from a brief interview with Get Reading organiser Cheryl Akyl and Majok Tulba and was immediately interested. When Tulba was nine the Sudanese Armed Forces invaded his village and murdered many its people, including members of Majok's family. Separated from his parents during the attack, Majok fled the village with his younger brother, and other boys too small to be forced into the SAF. He spent most of his time moving between refugee camps along the border of South Sud [...]
Da jeg først modtog den her bog, tænkte jeg “åh nej.” Den lignede ikke noget, jeg havde lyst til at læse. Som i overhovedet ikke. Da jeg så besluttede mig for at læse den, startede jeg bagfra med bagsideteksten. Jeg fik tanken, at måske ville den alligevel være ret god – måske ville den være som Khaled Hosseinis bøger (Drageløberen, Under en strålende sol og Og bjergene gav genlyd). Jeg sagde til mig selv, at nu måtte jeg lige slappe af og sænke de hurtigt opståede forventn [...]
Obinna's life of tending goats in a small village in Sudan comes crashing around his ears one night when rebels enter the village looking for blood and new recruits to fight in the ongoing civil war. The rebels determine potential recruits by measuring the height of young boys against that of an AK-47. Those taller than the AK-47 are rounded up and taken from the village and those shorter are spared.What makes Beneath The Darkening Sky amazing is that Australian Sudanese refugee Majok Tulba is w [...]
I am very relieved to be finished this book. It was not an easy read, I didn't want to read it in the evening in case it gave me nightmares and then I often didn't choose to pick it up during the daytime either since I normally had another book on the go at the same time which was more appealing.It read like a biography but is actually a work of fiction, however there are many children for whom being captured by rebel soldiers is a terrifying reality. Sometimes reading these difficult books, whi [...]
Interesting to read this book, it identifies issues that are current in present-day Africa. I found the story involving enough for me to want to finish it, however, you really feel the jump from the voice in the first chapter to the much more grown-up voice from the second chapter, even though there was no jump in time. The horrific incidents that ensue are told sometimes dispassionately and with some nod to melodrama, but lacking real emotional attachment. I found the story could've finished qu [...]
Probably the most difficult book I have ever read, in the sense that at times, I didn't want to read the next sentence, to read more of the horror that a child soldier is forced to endure. But extremely well written and a page turner just the same.
Interesting story and quite heavy, as well as informative on the reality of child soldiering and those it directly and indirectly affects
I bought this book for my Catholic School library and I know, after reading it that I can't put it anywhere on the shelves, even for a senior reader. Although it recounts the story of a child, it is not a book for children. The story is of the brutalisation of a village of children kidnapped by rebels in Africa, as you know.It is told in full graphic detail, with the sexual abuse of girls described in its minutiae, sexual sadism and masochism, castration of boys with a hot hoe to make them eunuc [...]
It was a surreal experience to read this book straight after Jon Doust’s novel To the Highlands. Doust’s engaging tale is the story of a privileged young man who loses his way in life. He gets packed off to the New Guinea Highlands where he has a great time proving his warped sense of manhood, and pays a penalty that most of us in western society might say he did not deserve even though he brought it on himself.Majok Tulba’s novel, by contrast, is the story of Obinna, a boy soldier recruit [...]
Very brutal and confronting story about the life of child soldiers in Sudan. I heard the author, Majok Tulba, speak at the Brisbane Writers Festival, where he said that his editor had encouraged him to take out some of the more graphic and brutal scenes so it wasn't too confronting for a western audience. Given what is still in the book, I shudder to think what was taken out! Not one for the squeamish, but a very real look at the life of Sudanese children recruited to the rebel army. This is not [...]
"I'm not even sure how old I am anymore. Older than 11 and younger than 16. Years don't matterwe count age in kills", October 10, 2014This review is from: Beneath the Darkening Sky (Paperback)A highly compelling read, set in South Sudan. It opens on a night in a small village: nine-year-old Obinna is lying in his tent, afraid to go outside to the lavatory in the dark. He's a typical kid - school, rivalry with his brother, good parents d then the rebels turn up and he will never be the same again [...]
A gripping, confronting and explicitly related story of a boy stolen by rebels from a village in the Sudan, his survival, what he witnessed and how he evolved to be "one of them". The book explicitly describes the savagery and violence of the rebels and the fear that ruled their lives. Some of the scenes are quite horrible in their description, which causes the emotions experienced by the characters to seep into you. I've been thinking a lot about it since I finished it and need to move on to a [...]
What a great Chrisy present - Thanks Carl!! Just like Jal's 'War child' and Deng's 'They poured fired on us from the sky', Majok Tulba takes us into the lives of the million of child soldiers who are forced to fight a war that they never started. Although this is not actually Tulba's real story, he illustrates so well of what consequences are faced when the rebels comes to town and you taller than an AK47. How age is not defined by the year you were born in, instead how many bodies you have kill [...]
I'd been meaning to read this book having seen an interview with the author when he came last year for the MWF. Set in Sudan racked with civil war, Obinna, aged 11, his older brother are among many young children stolen from their homes by rebel soldiers, taken back to jungle camps brutalised and trained for the rebel army. Having read a couple of other accounts of boy soldiers in African nations I was expecting this book to be a very sombre read, and indeed many of the scenes are truly horrific [...]
A work of fiction about a teenage boy experiences as a child soldier in Africa. I didn't enjoy this book. The first person voice, which is perfect for this story, is not convincing. The novel lacked depth, context, the characters were not fully developed and the setting not fully realised. I felt like I was watching the story unfold from afar not in the village or the jungle training camp. The subject matter - witnessing and participating in killing family and innocent people, imprisonment, tort [...]
it's hard to use the word "enjoyed" with a book such as this. although it is fiction, the truths behind it are what make it so impactful (and painful) to read. tulba does an excellent job exploring the descent from "good" to "evil" that takes place within the main character. he challenges the way we see evil in the world - as a one dimensional enemy. tulba's premise, however, is that goodness and morality erode in the right circumstances. The result leaves behind only a raw form of humanity that [...]
I discovered this book on a list of 50 books you can't put down, and it was definitely worthy of the list. While it's fiction, it's based on some truths. The author himself was almost forced down the path of the main character, but he was too small and not picked to go with the soldiers.The story follows Obinna, who's taken by rebels at age 11 and forced to become a child soldier in an uprising against the government. It's superbly written, gripping, raw and utterly heart wrenching. This book is [...]
Such a sad tale. 11 year old Obinna is torn away from his family, after watching some of them be brutally murdered and forced to join the 'Rebels'. His story of survival in a place and life that is so surreal to him is extremely sad. Even more so knowing that although this story is 'fiction' it's also the truth. These terrible things have happened and continue to do so. He's forced to do things he doesn't want to. If he doesn't comply, quite simply, he's dead. This is not a feel good story, but [...]
Interesting idea, I wanted to find out more about the situation and the practicalities of life for these child soldiers.Whilst there was some detail, it was lacking and didn't reveal a whole lot beyond the initial facts.The characters are largely underdeveloped and the main character changes significantly but the changes aren't totally explained and seem to come out of the blue.You can't help but be drawn into the story, but ultimately there's not really enough payoff for putting yourself throug [...]
To read this book is like witnessing something you know your eyes can't bear to see, but not being able to tear your eyes awayThe story that unfolds within Beneath the Darkening Sky was so incredibly riveting despite the difficult subjects dealt with throughout the narrative. The written word is beautifully simplistic as it presents an unyielding raw truth to the story. Whilst the story is harrowing, it has even more of emotional impact due to the reality of what the author and people of Africa [...]
This book is pretty full on and can be gruesome, but still could not put it down! It seems very much that the author has been in a similiar situation although he states it's only fiction. This book is one of the "50 books you can not put down", at times I didn't want to read on, but your curiousity gets the better of you. I cried and laughed and felt really sorry for the characters. But there's a reminder in there about other countries and how they live and in the end it's a little positive.
The issue is very much the main character of this story, and the dream sequences caused me problems because I couldn't always tell the difference, because if I've decided something's a dream it doesn't have emotional weight, and if it then turns out not to be I haven't felt the impact it was supposed to have.That being said, I respect Mr Tulba for writing about a difficult issue, and I'd like to know more about it.
One of those books which I needed to put down frequently during the reading and remind myself to breath. It is brutal, it is harsh and unfortunately much of it is based on true experiences. Tulba was woven the tales he heard, the things he saw with his own experience to create this amazing book. Read it slowly.
This story was written on two levels, there is the story of the kidnapping and brutalisation of the child soldiers, however, there is also a level which is far more gentle and poetic. The story looks at the outer deeds of the soldiers but also tells the inner thoughts of Obinna, the main character. I thought the book was beautifully written, which is extraordinary considering the content
Engaging, horrific, beautifully written, confronting. It's subject matter that needs to be addressed, but it's uncomfortable and frightening to read. A tremendous book that should be read: a too true story.
The theme of boy soldiers and all that flows from it meant this was not a light read. Characters, locations and background were not properly developed which may have been ok if it was non-fiction (and identities needed to be protected) but this is a work of fiction.
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