Music/Book Reviews

What is the What by Dave Eggers (Review)


Dave Eggers and Valentino Achak Deng

(2008) One important thing to note about this book is that it is closer to non-fiction than fiction. It’s tempting to dismiss it because of it’s classification but I went to watch Eggers talk about how he wrote it and it’s not really fiction. We can’t fall asleep to unspeakable things that have happened to many innocent Sudanese people (all detailed in the book), and we have to tell others this truth.

As I near the end of this book, the scenery and action becomes so much more intense and horrifying. Dozens of tiny story lines develope into surprise endings. The book engages me further, and I’ve already found myself crying several times and even breaking into a full-out sob.

It’s one of those sobs like I had about the Kenyan slum of Kibera when it first entered my mind as a real, vast, unsuitable dwelling place for unfortunate people…of course I couldn’t deny what was right across the street for 10 months.

It makes me think about how God, if you will, dwells inside of all of us yet can turn violently on him/her self because of greed and ego obsession.

Further, when you read this book ,you will know more about how the war came about and about the fact that it hasn’t been going on just for 2 or 3 years — it’s been going on for a decade and a half at least.


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