What is the What
Publish date: October 18th 2006
Pages no: 475
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
I feel like a jerk for not loving this book. I also seem to be in the minority, so maybe you shouldn’t trust my opinion.What is the What tells the (maybe true, maybe fictional) story of a Sudanese refugee who spent his childhood struggling to survive in various African refugee camps. As an adult, he...
I did wind up loving this, but it took some time. This is a novel--and non-fiction. As put in the Preface, the book is the "soulful account" of the life of Valentine Achak Deng, one of the "Lost Boys" of the Sudan from the time he was separated from his family in Marial Bai to the thirteen years he ...
I have been on a [a:Dave Eggers|3371|Dave Eggers|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1291475855p2/3371.jpg] kick this whole year, playing catch up. And I have had [b:What Is the What|4952|What Is the What|Dave Eggers|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1328837457s/4952.jpg|3271214]...
Easily the best book I've read this year. It's a biography, a history of South Africa, a commentary on America, all rolled into one. Few writers can reach the level of honesty and richness which Eggers did with this dense memoir-cum-novel; together with Valentino Achak Deng, he has weaved a beautifu...