7 December 2007

The Valentino Achak Deng Foundation - Homepage


The Valentino Achak Deng Foundation - Homepage:
Dave Eggers's What Is the What is the novelized autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng, from his pre-war life in southern Sudan to his resettlement in the United States. All proceeds from the book go to aiding the Sudanese in America and Sudan.


I have just finished reading this book. I recommend you read it: a truly 'good book' in that it is well-written and has something to say. It is written by Dave Eggers from the life story of Valentino Achak Deng, one of the Sudanese 'Lost Boys' who walked from southern Sudan to Ethiopia through many trials while still very young, then landed in a refugee camp in Kenya where they stayed for a long time before being flown to the USA.

Eggers is an interesting character, possibly a saint, who can tell, who apparently has a huge amount of energy and intelligence and a fearlessness which I admire. What is the What is written in the voice of Deng with a clarity and distinction which is unsentimental and so seems authentic (though Eggers and Deng point out it's a novelisation).

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