What Is the What by Dave Eggers

What Is the What

Dave Eggers

fiction historical challenging informative reflective slow-paced

475 pages | first published 2006

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In a heartrending and astonishing novel, Dave Eggers illuminates the history of the civil war in Sudan through the eyes of Valentino Achak Deng, a refugee now living in the United States. We follow his life as he's driven from his home as a boy an...
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Summary of 2188 reviews

Moods

emotional 69%
informative 65%
dark 57%
sad 57%
challenging 50%
inspiring 46%
hopeful 42%
reflective 38%
adventurous 30%
tense 26%
funny 19%

Pace

medium 48%
slow 37%
fast 14%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 52% | Character: 23% | Plot: 23%

Strong character development?

Yes: 77% | No: 13% | It's complicated: 9%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 78% | It's complicated: 17% | No: 4%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 68% | No: 18% | It's complicated: 13%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

No: 66% | Yes: 19% | It's complicated: 14%

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4.1

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