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What Is the What, by Dave Eggers

laleha's review

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3.0

3.5 stars. Great story, well-written, took me over a month to get through. Not an easy or fast one, for sure.

imallmadhere's review

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4.0

I really enjoy books that detail the various struggles that occur throughout the world. I think they are important because they often give a voice to people that wouldn't always have a voice.

morganlf's review

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dark informative reflective sad tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix

3.5

pennyalice17's review

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3.0

This is a harrowing story, based on the real life experiences of one of the "lost boys" of Sudan. The horrors he experienced are often difficult to stomach. The story itself is definitely 4 or 5 stars, and it's an issue everyone should know about, but I didn't love Dave Eggers writing style and that's why I gave it only 3 stars.

zzelda's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional hopeful informative sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

madtnation's review

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adventurous dark emotional informative inspiring sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.75

meaganchurch's review

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5.0

Moving, heart wrenching and absolutely beautiful. It's simply told, but it's a story that will touch you at your deepest part...at your very core. Challenging and perspective shifting.

brandijm's review

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5.0

An incredible book. No words really, just so incredible. 12/10

sbossen's review against another edition

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4.0

Excellent book about the suffering of the Sudanese that is playing out even now as those in Southern Sudan vote to become their own country. This is a heartbreaking story of hope of a young boy who turns into a man during terrifying times. His story is all too similar to the fate of so many other young boys. The depth of evil to which people and governments are capable of is truly eye-opening.
The main problem with the book is that it is a fictionalized story that could be the example for the experience of thousands of these 'lost boys'. Nor is it an autobiography, the reader does not know which is truth and which is fiction or where the voice of Achak ends and David Eggers begins. Apparently the reason it was fictionalized is that Achak fled his village when only around 6 years old and there where many gaps in his memory which would have made a true autobiography impossible.
However, many of the events in this story are true and I can not recommend this book enough to all.

mrtjsn's review

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adventurous challenging emotional informative sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0