A Long Way Gone

Why do you think the author chose to write the book in the past, present and dreams as opposed to chronogically? How do you think it has enhanced the story?

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I think that, as a child, the war was a whirlwind of confusion reflected in the time shifts. As well, Beah's wartime experiences haunt much of his life: they haunt him even as an adult living in America. Beah's dreams represent all his repressed fear, anger, and lost innocence.