What Is the What

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Knopf Canada, Feb 24, 2009 - Fiction - 560 pages
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What Is the What is the story of Valentino Achak Deng, a refugee in war-ravaged southern Sudan who flees from his village in the mid-1980s and becomes one of the so-called Lost Boys. Valentino’s travels bring him in contact with enemy soldiers, with liberation rebels, with hyenas and lions, with disease and starvation, and with deadly murahaleen (militias on horseback)–the same sort who currently terrorize Darfur. Eventually Deng is resettled in the United States with almost 4000 other young Sudanese men, and a very different struggle begins. Based closely on true experiences, What Is the What is heartbreaking and arresting, filled with adventure, suspense, tragedy, and, finally, triumph.


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User Review  - phenske - LibraryThing

Amazing eye opening book, really enjoyed reading it and it opened my eyes and made me really think on the refugee crisis. Read full review

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User Review  - mamashepp - LibraryThing

About fifty fewer pages and this would have been a five-star read for me. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
15
Section 3
25
Section 4
34
Section 5
47
Section 6
51
Section 7
72
Section 8
77
Section 21
288
Section 22
290
Section 23
312
Section 24
318
Section 25
324
Section 26
347
Section 27
360
Section 28
367

Section 9
88
Section 10
95
Section 11
109
Section 12
137
Section 13
143
Section 14
149
Section 15
161
Section 16
186
Section 17
213
Section 18
231
Section 19
240
Section 20
256
Section 29
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Section 30
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Section 31
469
Section 32
479
Section 33
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Section 34
491
Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
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About the author (2009)

Dave Eggers is the author of three previous books, is the editor of McSweeney’s, a quarterly magazine and book-publishing company, and is co-founder of 826 Valencia, a network of nonprofit writing and tutoring centres for young people. As a journalist, his work has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire and The Believer. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area with his wife and daughter.


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