Fall Books to Read Before the Movies Come Out
newest crop of blockbusters is headed our way—and there's just enough
time left to catch up on the literary originals.
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Beasts of No Nation
The tragic legacy of
African child soldiers—revenge killings, drugs, senseless massacres—comes
to life in this saga starring Idris Elba, who plays the leader of a band of
child soldiers. The directing of the movie
's Cary Joji Fukunaga is sure to be brilliant—and
devastating. But the beautiful, brutal original novel by Nigerian-American
writer Iweala is given its power by its young narrator, Agu. Though Agu endures—and
sometimes commits—terrible crimes, it's his voice that bonds you to
him and his struggle to make sense of the world.
— Mark Athitakis