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More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Songs of a War Boy. May 27, Mohammed Morsi rated it really liked it Shelves: autobio-lifestory. I loved the voice in this book. I loved the fact it was straight forward. I loved that it gave an insight into details about what this man witnessed and lived through as a child.
The fact that he is still alive is a miracle, if you believe in this kind of stuff. The last part of the story contains is a journey into philosophy. I loved it, probably because I can relate to many parts of what Deng says and he says it well. There are parts that contain great wisdom and emotion I loved the voice in this book. There are parts that contain great wisdom and emotion and is really a must-read.
Whether or not a person who has never been deprived, smelt death or the closeness of death - or felt the sting of dis-assimilation will ever understand them. They are worth reading - and knowing about. View 2 comments. Poignant, sad and yet inspirational reading and life. They precede us, introduce us and live on after we die.
They are also how our deeds escape our villages, and they pass on our code of mor Poignant, sad and yet inspirational reading and life. They are also how our deeds escape our villages, and they pass on our code of morality, culture and law. When I was a boy I dreamed of having my own songs, but now I am a man, I have no songs.
For the Dinka, these songs are only for men. In the eyes of my culture, I am still a boy. When I should have been going through the rituals of manhood, I was caught in a vicious war. By the time I was returned to my people I was very much a westerner. Somehow this child soldier survived. This personal narrative has much to offer; hope, inspiration, an honest cultural exchange…proof that education changes lives.
Yes, I have had a difficult life. An outstanding read! An inspiration to all. His story is an important reminder of the power of compassion and the benefit to us all when we open our doors and our hearts to those fleeing war, persecution and trauma. Nov 16, Margaret rated it it was amazing Shelves: personal-storiesmature-readingbiographyother-cultureswar.
The book is extremely confronting. At times, I wondered whether I could continue reading; it was so raw and honest. It Jah Lloyd / Bungo Herman* - Soldier Round The Corner / Immortal Drums (Vinyl), however, a "must read". It gives insight into issues surrounding war-torn Sudan and its people and is an eye opener into the challenges faced by migrants to Australia.
Dec 18, Carol Jones rated it really liked it. Such an eye-opening book! Of course, I knew about the boy soldiers of Sudan and the war crimes perpetrated upon them and by them, but Deng Adut's memoir is so visceral and personal that it brought tears to my eyes. He introduces the reader to his life as a child of the Dinka-Bor people of South Sudan, as they raised their cattle in a village on the banks of the Nile.
Then war comes to his village and soon he is conscripted into the liberation army and marched hundreds of kilometres from his home Such an eye-opening book! Then war Jah Lloyd / Bungo Herman* - Soldier Round The Corner / Immortal Drums (Vinyl) to his village and soon he is conscripted into the liberation army and marched hundreds of kilometres from his home with little food, no medicine and no shoes.
He was seven. What follows is a tale of kill or be killed, where most of his fellow child soldiers fall by the wayside, through sickness, malnutrition or unthinkable violence. Deng somehow manages to survive, and with the help of his older brother, makes his way to Australia and eventually becomes a lawyer.
His story is evocative of time and place, brutally so in many instances. It is also totally inspiring, a story everyone could benefit from reading. View all 5 comments. Oct 31, Kathryn Alp rated it it was amazing. Spell bound by the strength of the human spirit in this book. I could not put the book down.
Education equals power. Dec 03, Greg Barron rated it it was amazing. I started Jah Lloyd / Bungo Herman* - Soldier Round The Corner / Immortal Drums (Vinyl) book only a few days ago and read it every chance I got.
I want to shake the author by the hand, I want to embrace him, and I want him to know that he connected with me. Songs of a War Boy taught me about the Sudanese Civil War and the factions involved better than the many texts I have read on the subject.
It chilled and warmed me. It made me wonder how such monsters exist in human form and how indomitable spirits find the courage to rise against them. Having read and loved Majok I started this book only a few days ago and read it every chance I got. They could almost be companion volumes. Tulba's work was all passion and emotion. Songs of War Boy is told with uncommon powers of observation, and sometimes detachment.
The author communicates his pain and despair with detail. For example, even as an adult he has no toenails - all lost on his childhood trek to the training camp. I loved this book, and every Australian should read it.
Feb 11, Calzean rated it it was amazing Shelves: culture-africabiography-autobiography-memoirculture-australiaauthor-australiaauthor-south-sudanculture-south-sudan. An amazing story from an amazing man. Told in an almost passive manner his life has seen the worse and the best of mankind. He describes the events of his childhood which ended at the age of 7, his life in the SPLA as a child soldier, his move to Australia and his education and achievements as a lawyer and public speaker.
There is a lot of wisdom and advice from a man who has seen what fear does, when a nation collapses, when a society knows no justice and how greed can be feed while the people An amazing story from an amazing man. There is a lot of wisdom and advice from a man who has seen what fear does, when a nation collapses, when a society knows no justice and how greed can be feed while the people go hungry.
But just as his story is incredible, the power behind his messages of justice, quality and opportunity is in how he tells his tale. Though if you followed the uplifting and often humorous Jah Lloyd / Bungo Herman* - Soldier Round The Corner / Immortal Drums (Vinyl) Twitter thread, you will have seen that there are numerous examples of Africans studying and working hard, achieving great things, and bringing up their families to be everyday Australians to be proud of.
There are 54 countries recognised by the United Nations on the continent of Africa. From the age of six Deng Thiak Adut was a child conscipt in southern Sudan, and was rescued and brought to Australian when he was fourteen.
He now has his own practice, the AC Law Group, in partnership with Joseph Correy, Jah Lloyd / Bungo Herman* - Soldier Round The Corner / Immortal Drums (Vinyl), was awarded the New South Wales Australian of the Year for and was featured in a promotional video for Western Sydney University which immediately went viral and has been viewed almost three million times. As an EAL teacher who has taught, and does teach, students from the same area, along with other areas with similar horrific circumstances, this eye-opening account has given me a greater appreciation of the struggles individuals have faced and how hard they do strive to succeed in spite of all the obstacles faced.
The author has shown how dedication, courage, hard work and others' kindness can help overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Apr 10, Elle Smith rated it liked it. A really interesting and thought-provoking read. I felt it lacked any depth though; it was just a chronology of events rather than the telling of a story. The situations and circumstances described within had the potential to draw on emotions, but it just fell short of being a compelling read. This is one of those books that makes me feel so lucky that I was born were I was.
Deng was born in a village in South Sudan. And was happy, until war came to his village. Then he was "recruited" as a child solider for the cause of independence. Now while I understand the want for independence, nothing excuses child soldiers for me. And what Deng describes is horrific for an adult, let alone a kid. But kids are easier to indoctrinate for the "cause" so they make the perfect soldiers if you can g This is one of those books that makes me feel so lucky that I was born were I was.
But kids are easier to indoctrinate for the "cause" so they make the perfect soldiers if you can get them physically strong enough. So I understand the want for children as soldiers, even if I think the whole premise is disgusting and immoral. Deng escapes to Australia, and again, my luck of being a white Australian comes to a head again.
I am judged for my abilities and education, not because of the colour of my skin. And while Deng has been able to fight his way through this, his brother unfortunately was always judged for his looks not his ability.
It sickens me we are like this still. It sickens me more as we are still going through this abhorrent stage in Australian history where we imprison refugees, and then restrict them to welfare when they finally get to Australia.
To then pass laws this week to say that all refugees are on welfare as we do not allow them to work and therefore we will deny them welfare for 4 years. So if you get to Australia as a refugee, you cannot work, and cannot get welfare for 4 years now. Good luck. You may defend Australians in our court system like Deng.
You may want to work your arse off and be the best you can be with opportunities you could have only imagined while you were trained to kill men for other men's ideals like Deng. And while Deng has succeeded, and great luck to him and I am so very very very glad, the majority of the time this Lucky Country is reserved only for us White Australians.
Apr 04, Ashleigh Willett rated it it was amazing. This book is amazing. I feel wrong really calling it a book, considering its pages depict a man's whole life; his struggles, dreams and triumph over adversity.
Deng has inspired me and challenged my previous views on what it means to be Australian, as well as my "take it for granted" attitude to some of the basic ways of life in Australia.
I feel like this is a must read for every Australian; in fact, I'd use this as teaching material to Jah Lloyd / Bungo Herman* - Soldier Round The Corner / Immortal Drums (Vinyl) of the high school students I've previously taught. D This book is amazing. Definitely recommend! Apr 25, Minh rated it it was amazing Shelves: autobiography. Deng's story is the type to make you look at your life so far and wonder what you've done to deserve so many advantages in life. Like many people I became aware of his story via the UWS commercial, and his autobiography is a sobering look into the life of a man who at the end of the day simply regards himself as lucky.
Recommended read. Aug 18, Bronwen Heathfield rated it liked it. I wanted to give this book a higher rating because I admire and respect the author's resilience. However admiring the author's achievements in life as learning more about South Sudan is not enough.
The writing is Ok but he is a lawyer not a writer. Perhaps someone else writing it would have turned it from good to great. Sorry, this item is currently out of stock. World Wide Delivery Available View delivery options. Customer reviews. Be the first to review this product.
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