What Is the What by Dave Eggers

What Is the What

Dave Eggers

fiction historical challenging informative reflective slow-paced

538 pages | first published 2006

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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 his village in Sudan at the age of seven and trek hundreds of miles by foot, p...
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Moods

emotional 69%
informative 66%
sad 63%
dark 51%
challenging 48%
inspiring 45%
hopeful 42%
adventurous 39%
reflective 36%
tense 27%
funny 15%

Pace

medium 48%
slow 39%
fast 12%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 51% | Character: 22% | Plot: 22% | N/A: 3%

Strong character development?

Yes: 70% | It's complicated: 14% | No: 11% | N/A: 3%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 75% | It's complicated: 17% | N/A: 3% | No: 3%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 69% | It's complicated: 15% | No: 11% | N/A: 3%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

No: 64% | It's complicated: 16% | Yes: 16% | N/A: 4%

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4.11

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