Tuesday, June 30, 2009

What is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng by Dave Eggers

One of President Doti’s recommendations is What is the What (President Obama also recommends it). Dave Eggers wrote astutely about the very difficult world of the Lost Boys of Sudan and particularly about Valentino Achak Deng. I knew some of the history of Sudan, but I learned many additional facts about the people and their struggles, i.e. along with many others, Achak spent 13 years in refugee camps. That information about dislocated people and refugee camps will be in my consciousness as I now read about the conditions of the camps in Kenya and Pakistan.

Leatherby Libraries Call Number: PS3605.G48 W43 2007
2nd Floor Humanities Library
Review submitted by: Nancy Gregory, Secretary, Office of the Dean, Argyros School of Business and Economics
Rating: Highly Recommended

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