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What Is the What by Dave Eggers
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What Is the What

by Dave Eggers

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This story is about an immigrant from Sudan and gets robbed in his own home. As he passes out and drifts off during the robbery he recollects his past in Sudan. He and many other boys at the time were trying to leave Sudan and it's war behind. Some of them died along the way and they witnessed the horrors of war. The current time him tries to see if he can catch the robbers and see what is the reason behind his headaches are. He also recollects about times in his life in America. Along the way he gets letters from his old fling which triggers other memories to resurface.

This is an amazing story. It keeps you captivated throughout it's entirety and is full of tension. You can feel for the main character and his struggles along the way. It can make you feel these emotions that he feels and you can just feel into it a lot. I would definitely recommend this book.
I haven't read anything like this book and it is a great experience. The only bad thing is that it can get really depressing and sad at certain parts. ( )
  ElijahC.B2 | Mar 22, 2018 |
An unforgettable story that gave me goosebumps when reading. I felt haunted, inspired, angry, and hopeful. This book shows us so much that we need to see. Such a worthwhile cause. Very much worth your time. ( )
  CherieKephart | Aug 3, 2017 |
It's a great book, but I have to stop reading it (after about 100 pages) because it's unrelentingly upsetting. ( )
  comfypants | Jun 21, 2017 |
Amazing eye opening book, really enjoyed reading it and it opened my eyes and made me really think on the refugee crisis. ( )
  phenske | Sep 26, 2016 |
Amazing biography/autobiography of one Sudanese man. Fascinating on many levels.
  newnoz | Aug 6, 2016 |
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Eggers, Daveprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baardman, GerdaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Graham, DionNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scherpenisse, WimTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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I have no reason not to answer the door so I answer the door.
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"They can come in different shapes and guises, but always wars come in increments. I am convinced there are steps, and that once these events are set into motion, they are virtually impossible to reverse."
"I speak to these people, and I speak to you because I cannot help it. It gives me strength, almost unbelievable strength, to know that you are there. I covet your eyes, your ears, the collapsible space between us. How blessed are we to have each other? I am alive and you are alive so we must fill the air with our words. I will fill today, tomorrow, every day until I am taken back to God. I will tell stories to people who listen and to people who don't want to listen, to people who seek me out and to those who run."
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What Is the What
is the epic novel based on the life of Valentino Achak Deng who, along with thousands of other children —the so-called Lost Boys—was forced to leave his village in Sudan at the age of seven and trek hundreds of miles by foot, pursued by militias, government bombers, and wild animals, crossing the deserts of three countries to find freedom. When he finally is resettled in the United States, he finds a life full of promise, but also heartache and myriad new challenges. Moving, suspenseful, and unexpectedly funny, What Is the What is an astonishing novel that illuminates the lives of millions through one extraordinary man.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:38 -0400)

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A biographical novel traces the story of Valentino Achak Deng, who as a boy was separated from his family when his village in southern Sudan was attacked, and became one of the estimated 17,000 "lost boys of Sudan" before relocating from a Kenyan refugee camp to Atlanta in 2001.… (more)

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