A Long Way Gone

What does Ishmael mean when he reflects, "Little did I know that surviving the war that I was in, or any other kind of war, was not a matter of feeling trained or brave. These were just things that made me feel I was immune from death"?

A Long Way Gone - Chapter 17

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There were so many times where Beah could have died. Indeed, there are many times when he wanted to die. In the end he survives. He thinks it has nothing to do with bravery or training. He thinks, for some reason, he was not yet meant to die.