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What Is the What The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng review ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB 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. Valentino I just don t know what God has against you These words were directed at the subject of this novelbiography and are pretty much a motif that runs throughout most of this bookThis is one man s true story of the Lost Boys of the Sudan Valentino Achak Deng at age seven and thousands of boys just like him endured all manner of hardship as they fled their homes as civil war beginning in 1983 devastated their country Their journey from refugee camp to refugee camp is fraught with the most horrific events you could imagine This book is a testament to not only how cruel man can be to his fellow man but also to Deng s faith and perseverance Calling this book sad or heartbreaking seems trite Repeating a litany of hardships these boys endured would render them trivial It s inconceivable for me to imagine my own son at age seven seven making this type of journey There is also a parallel story of Deng s robbery and assault while in this county With everything this man has experienced Deng was able to transcend these events and find purpose and meaning in his lifeAlthough it says novel on the spine as Dave Egger s subject states his earlier life had to be fictionalized to condense the story and fold characters into one another for narrative flowThis is not a book to read in order to be entertained but as an eye opener or wake up call to what can go wrong in this world and a rallying cry to do something about it Proceeds of the sale of this book go towards funding of a nonprofit organization to increase access to education in South Sudan This is the web site website also has a reader s guide to the book

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What Is the What The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng review ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB 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 back cove. When so much hype and reputation converge on such a complex and sensitive topic only to receive unchecked praise from the American publishing industry and profitable sales I fear disaster choir preaching and the perpetration of harmful stereotypes Despite my interest in African literature in African conflicts and in the way that the developed world engages with Africa I have been avoiding this book since I learned of its existence A friend of mine who has lived and worked in Sudan vouched unreservedly for its authenticity and inoffensiveness and lent me her copy I m not mad at herDave Eggers or less avoids cheapening his subject weakening his message or losing credibility for the duration of a book comprised of stories that would tempt a narrator with less integrity to deploy every variety of manipulative sensationalist suspenseful and tear jerking prose The result is an unflinching straight forward trustworthy and revealing testimony I have no doubt that What is the What has communicated deeply about the reality of Sudan s recent atrocities than most other products in any media And I consider this of an ethical accomplishment than a literary one Modern pragmatist philosophers such as Richard Rorty contend that one of the best ways to act ethically is to work towards expanding the circles of empathy of as many people as you can They suggest doing this by telling stories from new perspectives that familiarize and humanize marginalized and oppressed peoples and by creating ethnographies that do the same work on a scholarly level A book like this is supposed to raise awareness to sensitize people and to encourage action To the extent that this book makes it harder for people to be idle or disinterested in the face of circumstances like those in the South of Sudan it is successful to the extent that it prompts people to take action about such circumstances it is impressively so Now I m not thrilled with Eggers s decision to play a little game with the genre calling this both an autobiography and a novel and I m not convinced by the reasons that are given for his doing so Nor am I entirely comfortable with the narrative tactic of making Achak Deng directly address different parts of his story to whichever American seems to be disappointing him in the contemporary portion of What is the What As readers uickly discover the chapters of Deng s tale that transpire in Sudan Ethiopia and Kenya are related by him in his mind somewhat accusingly over the course of less than two days to Americans with whom he is interacting It is all rather obvious that the Americans he addresses are just the cogs in the machinery of our populace the people who refuse agency and responsibility the people who are passive accomplices to the neglect of people like Deng whether they struggle at dead end jobs making change at our supermarkets or whether they struggle to survive in crude structures built of trash amidst vulnerable refugees on the far side of earth It s an interesting tactic clearly built to abolish narrative distance and to refresh a sense of accountability but it can seem a bit forcedI don t think the prose warrants excerpting or stylistic analysis nor am I tempted to highlight any particular episodes of Deng s life There are charming bits to the story therapeutic moments of good fortune and humanity and there are scarring accounts of human behavior at its worst The book is worth reading for its even keeled navigation of these moments for the insight it offers into life in a refugee camp and for the mirror that it holds up to the United States as it fails to approximate the ideal of sanctuary Respect to Dave Eggers for donating the profits he could have made from this endeavor to the cause of other Lost Boys from Sudan Entre ses mains reputation converge on such a complex and sensitive topic only to Joining the Preppers Creamy Herd Post SHTF Hucow Dairy Book 1 receive unchecked praise from the American publishing industry and profitable sales I fear disaster choir preaching and the perpetration of harmful stereotypes Despite my interest in African literature in African conflicts and in the way that the developed world engages with Africa I have been avoiding this book since I learned of its existence A friend of mine who has lived and worked in Sudan vouched unreservedly for its authenticity and inoffensiveness and lent me her copy I m not mad at herDave Eggers or less avoids cheapening his subject weakening his message or losing credibility for the duration of a book comprised of stories that would tempt a narrator with less integrity to deploy every variety of manipulative sensationalist suspenseful and tear jerking prose The Eden's Children result is an unflinching straight forward trustworthy and Graphic Design Rules revealing testimony I have no doubt that What is the What has communicated deeply about the Glossary of Terms from 'A Course in Miracles' Nearly 200 Definitions to Help You Take an Active 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What Is the What The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng review ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB From the bestselling author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius 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. I ve been thinking a lot about this book this morning I ve recommended it a few dozen times over the years I didn t even think about whether or not I had written a review I hadn tI read this before I joined Goodreads in the days before I wrote reviews Those days are coming back again in my near future review retirement but that s another story to review haBut I d like to share a little about this book I read in in 2006 and I still remember it like yesterday It s the type of book that leaves a lasting impression It s extremely well written And for those who don t like other books by Dave Eggers I m not one of them this is not the book people turn their nose against This is a great bookIt was horrific how the Lost Boys lived day after day in Sudan starving being chased from village location to the next disease killing etcand there is another appalling story to read about as well Dave Eggers gives us a fictional autobiography of the horrendous journey of one boy in particular named Valentino Deng It s a novel that reads like a memoir But what also makes this story unbelievable is what happens when Valentino is brought over to the United States He knows his host family and has made a few friends He is given an apartment to live in by himself He plans on attending community college I m leaving out lots of detailsbut in a very short time new in his apt Valentino gets mugged robbed and tied up For days nobody knew he was alone in bad condition on the floor of his own apt Welcome to AmericaI can t recommend this book enough


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  • Hardcover
  • 475
  • What Is the What The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng
  • Dave Eggers
  • English
  • 14 March 2020
  • 9781932416640