A Long Way Gone has been fascinating reading. When I first started reading I didn't think it would be something that I would find interesting. Seeing the war from the perspective of someone who saw it firsthand is something that has become fascinating to me.The biggest strength that I feel A Long Way Gone has is that it is so well detailed. You don't have to wonder whats going on or how things look, you know it. The book is detailed enough that you can picture whats happening and what Ishmael Beah is seeing and experiencing.
The House On Mango Street hasn't been going as well. I still find the book interesting but I'm not a fan of the way it jumps around from story to story I like books that have a clear path and are going in order. The House On Mango Street also does a great job of adding great details. Everything is described in a way that makes picturing it super easy. I also like the way a bunch of different characters have been introduced. I think it gives the book a certain quality that makes it even better to read.
The chapter I chose from A Long Way Gone is chapter 7. There could be many titles to this chapter because so many things happen in it but I chose the title "All Hope Is Lost". I chose this as the title for this chapter because of what I think stood out most about this chapter. The death of the Imam. This scene in particular stood out to me because of the absolute monstrosity it was. "...everyone quickly and silently realizing the rebels were in the village, leaving the imam by himself as he stood there leading the prayer. Some people tried to whisper to him, but he ignored them. The rebels captured him...". You have a man praying, which is something that is very sacred and meaningful, and he continues to pray even though the rebels have come and everyone ran. This, I think, destroys everyone's hope because if they are willing to torture and kill someone that was praying and was a man of faith. If they are willing to kill the imam than they are willing to kill anyone that they come in contact with. This title also fits when the boys go back to the village to see if any people have returned and they find over and over that no one has returned. Imam was one word that I wasn't completely sure what it meant. Imam is an Islamic leadership position. The main challenge in this chapter would be when Ishmael is separated from his bother and friends and has to venture off by himself. So to nutshell this chapter the rebels attack Kamator and captured, tortured and burned the imam. During the attack the boys got separated from each other and Ishmael ventures off by himself.