A Long Way Gone

What role does storytelling play in the lives of Ishmael and his friends?

A Long Way Gone - Chapter 10

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In chapter ten, Beah narrates events which, while positive in the remembering, bring with them emotional pain at the longing they produce. Musa’s story distracts the boys for a time, and even sends Beah into reverie about his grandmother, but the fact that these pleasant circumstances are memory and not reality is not lost on the boys.