Before I tell you about the lessons, and how much I connected to the book, I just want to say this was one of the best books I have ever read! It was not only moving, but very sentimental and emotional. This is a story about finding hope in the darkest times and it's also about how sometimes you are put in situations that are bigger than your control and in order to heal you need to forgive yourself. There were many things to take away from this story, but the one that became most clear to me was that revenge never ends, and no matter how hard you try to avenge someone or something, it will always come back to hurt you in the end. This was the lesson that stood out to him the most. He took a lot of things away from this experience, but this was most important to him. In the final chapters of my book, Ishmael flew to New York to represent his country at the UNICEF conference. He gave a speech that summed up his whole journey. At the end of his speech he said, " We are all brothers and sisters. What I have learned from my experiences is that revenge is not good. I joined the army to avenge the deaths of my family and to survive, but I've come to learn that if I'm going to take revenge, in that process I will kill another person whose family will want revenge; the revenge, and revenge and revenge will never come to an end..." This short speech summed up what he learned. After reading this passage it really made me think, after giving it a lot of thought I knew this was the universal truth. I can so easily connect to wanting to get revenge, just like so many other people. Throughout the story, I picked up many different lessons, but this was the one he based his memoir on. I didn't pick up on this until I read his speech, I soon realized all of his short memories and stories were about revenge. He wanted to avenge his family, and that's what drove him mad. In order to fully help the readers understand the main lesson he used repetitive words throughout the story. I loved this, and I've already started to write my memoir and I've used the same couple of words over and over again to help get my point across. This technique not only helps with the lesson, but it also gives your memoir a sort of sound and feel that I really love! By reading this book I've been able to pick up many ideas for my own, and I also read and learned about a very important lesson that everyone should hear. After every chapter, it left me thinking about something, whether it was a universal question or a memory that I could relate too. I loved this, and he ended the book by telling a story about a monkey and a hunter. I've thought about this since I finished the book. I can't seem to find find an answer. I will retell the story and I hope it gives you something to think about. Here is the short tale, "There was a hunter who went into the bush to kill a monkey. He had looked for only a few minutes when he saw a monkey sitting comfortably in a branch of a low tree. The monkey didn't pay him any attention, not even when his footsteps in the dried leaves rose and fell as he neared. When he was close enough and behind the tree where he could clearly see the monkey, he raised his rifle and aimed. Just when he was about to pull the trigger, the monkey spoke, "If you shoot me, your mother will die, and if you don't, your father will die." The monkey resumed its position, chewing its food, and every so often scratched his head or the side of his belly. What would you do if you were the hunter?"