A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier - Chapters 17-21 Summary & Analysis

Ishmael Beah
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Chapters 17-21 Summary and Analysis

Chapter 17 - The nurse who cleaned out Ishmael's cuts when he broke the glass came up to him one afternoon while he was playing table tennis. She invited him to come visit her. The two developed a friendship. At first, he didn't trust her, but she was always kind to him. One time she got him a Walkman and a cassette tape. She had seen in his records that he liked music. She asked him about his scars, and he remembered a battle he had been in. He didn't even feel the bullets as they hit him. He was doing very poorly, but the other soldiers who fought with him took good care of him. The situation reminded him at the time to stay loyal to them. As the nurse, Esther, heard the story, she teared up, and she...

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