Wednesday, March 30, 2011

What is the what

by Dave Eggers
Random House Digital, Inc., 2007 - Fiction - 560 pages

"What Is the What" is the story of Valentino Achak Deng, a refugee in war-ravaged southern Sudan who flees from his village in the mid-1980s and becomes one of the so-called Lost Boys. Valentino's travels bring him in contact with enemy soldiers, with liberation rebels, with hyenas and lions, with disease and starvation, and with deadly murahaleen (militias on horseback) the same sort who currently terrorize Darfur. Eventually Deng is resettled in the United States with almost 4000 other young Sudanese men, and a very different struggle begins. Based closely on true experiences, "What Is the What" is heart breaking and arresting, filled with adventure, suspense, tragedy, and, finally, triumph.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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