Tuesday, June 5, 2012

What is the What - Dave Eggers

This is the true story of one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, Valentino Achak Deng.  Achak told his story to the author to create the book.  It tells of his experience of being driven from his home in Sudan, walking to Kenya and being brought to the United States.  It is eye opening to realize the chasm between his culture and experiences and our everyday life.

Tribalism in Africa, slavery, greed for precious metals and natural resources create a powder keg that explodes into ongoing civil wars and the murders of thousands of people.

I devoured this novel in a few days and recommend it highly. It was a New York Times notable book and Best Book of the Year for Time Magazine and many others.  I learned much about the politics and history of Sudan and the heartbreaking experience of an immigrant to America.  Google Achak to learn "the rest of the story".

Published: 2006   Read: June 2012   Genre: biography

Half.com link to purchase

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