Quotes by Uzodinma Iweala

"I am fearing because I am seeing that the only way not to be fighting is to die. I am not wanting to die."

"so we were playing all this game then and thinking that to be a soldier was to be the best thing in the world because gun is looking so powerful and the men in movie are looking so powerful and strong when they are killing people,but I am knowing now that to be a soldier is only to be weak and not strong, and to have no food to eat and not to eat whatever you want, and also to have people making you do thing that you are not wanting to do and not to be doing whatever you are wanting which is what they are doing in movie. But I am only knowing this now because I am soldier now."

"Are you lost if you know where you're going-- just not how to get there?"

"I am remembering the soldier who are coming to my village and I am holding my machete closer. I am liking how it is feeling in my hand, like it is almost part of my body."

"Niru, you're welcome to stay if you want, Ms. McConnell says to me without looking up from her desk. Without students in the classroom she is much smaller and more feminine. I stare at her legs visible beneath her desk and at the way her blonde hair falls about her face as she reads the New Yorker. Porn makes it look so easy, so casual, so routine. Older women are supposed to crave fresh young meat, to lick their pen tops absentmindedly while thinking about us, to squeeze their legs together in a good faith effort to keep from corrupting the younger generations. And I am supposed to stumble forward both confused and uncontrolled, pulled by my relentless desire like light towards a black hole. Except I am unmoved. I imagine Ms. McConnell naked, perched at the edge of her desk, legs crossed waiting for me to cross the room and give her what she needs. That's how they always say it, that they will take what they want, get what they need, that hardcore sex is good punishment for bad behavior. I wonder if it would set the record straight for me.

It's nice outside, Ms. McConnell says, you should enjoy the day. Her stare makes me feel like she can read my thoughts and I am suddenly embarrassed."


Books by Uzodinma Iweala

  • Beasts of No Nation
  • 5,397 ratings
  • August 15th 2006 by Harper Perennial

    (first published 2005)

  • The River Between
  • 3,503 ratings
  • April 28th 2015 by Penguin Classics

    (first published 1965)

  • Broken Glass
  • 1,325 ratings
  • October 9th 2018 by Soft Skull Press

    (first published January 7th 2005)

  • Anonymous
  • 1,029 ratings
  • June 27th 2019 by Amazon Original Stories
Uzodinma Iweala
  • Uzodinma Iweala

  • Date of birth: November 05, 1982
  • Born: in Washington D.C., The United States.

  • Description: Uzodinma Iweala is a writer and medical doctor. His first book, Beasts of No Nation: A Novel (HarperCollins, 2005), tells the story of a child soldier in West Africa. His second book, Our Kind of People: Thoughts on HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, will be released in Nigeria, the United Kingdom, and the United States in the summer of 2012. He has also published numerous short stories and essays and has worked in international development on matters of health policy.