What Is the What The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng (Pdf) BY Dave Eggers


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  • What Is the What The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng
  • Dave Eggers
  • English
  • 19 October 2017
  • 9781932416640

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Download What Is the What The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free His village in Sudan at the age of seven and trek hundreds of miles by foot pursued by militias government bombers and wild animals crossing the deserts of three countries to find freedom When he finally is resettled in the United States TOO MUCH AND NOT ENOUGH A PARADOX With her open and confident sexuality she was the constant igniter of everything flammable within usHmm if this Sudanese refugee now American Valentine Achak Deng can turn a phrase like that how come he needs Dave Eggars to shape his book and cop the byline Okay maybe he can t maybe those delightful sentences are pure Dave So what about this I had feared for a long time that secretly Tabitha was well versed in the ways of love and that the moment we were alone she would want to move too uicklyNow this sounds like the authentic voice of an African trying to speak of delicate matters in his second language to me and comes off as horribly stilted but understandably so Okay so no Dave Eggars there that s pure Valentine Now since it s the clunky uber sincere stilted voice which tells 98% of this long tale why is this book not bylined like all those celeb autobiographies by Valentine Achak Deng as told to Dave Eggars Does this matter much Well at the point where the ventrilouism starts to creep you out yes it doesAs everyone knows this is a long catalogue of ghastly horrors suffered in Africa interspersed with a long catalogue of banal indignities suffered in Atlanta As we swam across the river I saw a crocodile swim by with a boy I knew slightly in its mouth I was unfulfilled being the receptionist at a gym and I deeply regretted not being accepted by the Jesuit college of my choice when I woke up I found my closest friend had died in the nightI gradually realised my girlfriend was playing fast and loose with other gentlemen etc etc This flipfloppery clashed dissonantly in my ears like an untuned church bell but nevertheless is it not profoundly human As soon as the crocodile lets you go you start bitching about how his fangs ruined your only good Hugo Boss shirt In Art Spiegelman s brilliant memoir Maus another tale of horror told to someone who then tells it to us the difficulties of Art s relationship with his survivor father loom just as large in the book as the atrocities of Auschwitz Is this tastelessness No it s life as she is lived I mean is there a God Do you think this jacket or the other one But would God allow such evil just for the sake of human free will I mean does that justify all this agony So are you saying the brown shoes ReallyWHY THIS AND WHY NOT THATThree stars not four or five Well there were so many aspects covered great swathes of I confess tedious detail I could have done without and yet so many other things not included why this why that How And of course what Or likely in this book WHAT And yet it was very compelling Valentine is indeed a modern Ancient Mariner compelled to stop us wedding guests and fix us with a powerful gaze so that we have to hear his dreadful over politely phrased tale to the end It would take a whole long essay to discuss the politics of this intensely political book Was the airlift of the Lost Boys to America a failed experiment Can the West ever really do anything about these decades long conflicts in Africa And further is one lot of humans here the Sudanese Arabs really wholly evil and another group here the Sudanese Dinka complete and utter innocent victims Is this Valentine Achak Deng s whole story or as I suspect do we now need another 537 pages of footnotes giving us all the context that s missing from this almost essential but extremely frustrating book

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Download What Is the What The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free From the bestselling author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius 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 If you know me at all you know I read a lot So I don t take these reviews lightly Here goes What is the What is without a doubt one of the best books I have ever readThe story of Valentino Achak Deng a so called Lost Boy of the Sudan is so moving that after reading the book I went to his web site and signed up for information on how I can help the cause Dave Eggers who is easily one of my favorite fiction writers has donated the proceeds of the book to a foundation co founded by he and Valentino wwwvalentinoachackdengorgThe writing is brilliant and the story is compellingbut I think what makes the book so great for me is the sheer tragedy of this boy s life and the unbelieveable sense of courage and optimism he showed throughout a life that would have caused most people to simply give up Valentino s courage is beyond belief As his story unfolds it s unimaginable that he could have survived and it s heartbreaking how at each turn things continued to get worse His survival is a mystery that will never be solvedyet here he is as a young adult doing everything he can to help the world learn from his experienceThe book was also a great history lesson about Sudan and Africa in general and gives the reader great insight into the troubles in Darfur today If the world does not learn from this story then perhaps we are doomed as a speciesFinally though the story is Valentino s the writing is all Eggers He could have easily played the story as a straight biography but instead Eggers weaves Valentino s life together in a beautiful way going back and forth between his time in Africa and his new life in Atlanta And while his life in Africa was indeed a horror his life in the US is not much better and perhaps the biggest lesson of the book we have tried to help these Lost Boys but we are far from perfect and have made many mistakes as a societyIt s ironic that this morning I awoke to a front page story in the Arizona Republic about a birthday celebration for Arizona s Lost Boys there are about 500 Sudanese boys living in the Valley They all celebrate their birthday on Jan 1 because they have no idea when they were really bornIt s also ironic that I finished this book around the same time as I saw The Kite Runner When I read The Kite Runner and even Hosseini s second novel A thousand Splendid Suns I thought life was terrible for the Afghans but Valentino s real story makes the fictional story of the boys in The Kite Runner seem tame by comparison But together these stories make me feel both lucky to live in America and at the same time ashamed that the world can let things like this happenAs I sat reading Valentino s story on my sofa I thought here is a boy who has experienced things I couldn t even imagine while I sit in my 2100 suare foot home with a fridge full of food two cars a happy and relatively healthy family casually spending 4 for a cup of coffee and throwing out food each day than Valentino ate in a month It reaffirms my political views and teaches me to be thankful for what I have and importantly that I have a profound responsibility as a citizen of the world to help those who are less fortunate If you think that makes me a bleeding heart liberal than I m proud to wear that badgeRead this book It will change your life

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Download What Is the What The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free He finds a life full of promise but also heartache and myriad new challenges Moving suspenseful and unexpectedly funny What Is the What is an astonishing novel that illuminates the lives of millions through one extraordinary man back cove Nine years after this was published I ve finally read it Have meant to read it since loving Zeitoun a few years ago Wife listened to audiobook on long commute and deemed it a truly heartbreaking work of staggering genius also proclaimed herself an Eggers fan after not being so into his memoir I didn t get to it for so long in part thanks to reviews on here that called it boring unreadable a mess lacking structure and characterization on and on all of which I can now officially deem sort of nutso a result of Eggersfraude most likely than anything else At most maybe the second half is 100 pages too long could ve been accelerated in parts but overall it sure seemed to me like a gripping uasi autobiographical novel conventionally structured in alternating sections of front and back story that or less unite at the end with the narrator directly addressing various front story characters when he tells his history Valentino is sort of like the Sudanese Job afflicted at every turn by the worst from marauding Arabs to helicopters strafing his village to crocodiles to starvation to dysentery to lions to fatal accidents to burglars to deranged jealous ex boyfriends to terrorists on and on He has a lot of luck too Well characterized characters abound Generally it s an engaging moving story of perseverance that makes you omni aware of your privilege to have a goodreads account on which to right the wrongs of reviewers of yore