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Eggers illuminates the history of the civil war in Sudan through the eyes of Valentino Achak Deng, a refugee now living in the United States. We follow his life as he's driven from his home as a boy and walks, with thousands of orphans, to Ethiopia. Valentino's travels bring him in contact with government soldiers, janjaweed-like militias, liberation rebels, hyenas, lions, disease and starvation--and unexpected romances. In this book, we come to understand the nature of the conflicts in Sudan, the refugee experience in America, the dreams of the Dinka people, and the challenge one man faces in a world collapsing around him.

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Shoshana, June 15, 2009 (view all comments by Shoshana)
This is one where the audiobook was superior to the print book. I have tried several times to read this, but the sameness of the tone put me to sleep. Dion Graham's narration brought it alive.

To the question of whether this is fiction or non-fiction, Deng's story or Eggers's conceit, my impression is both/and, not either/or. Like many (auto)biographies, events are re-arranged and dialogues imagined in order to heighten tension and symbolic relationships. Here, Deng's story is told as a series of internal monologues directed to people he encounters in the course of about a day, which provides a structure on which to hang the theme that when people look at him, they do not see his experiences. This is certainly an artificial framework imposed by Eggers, but it provides a plot on which to hang Deng's story of his life in Sudan. This format allows types of exposition that straight autobiography might not. Since Deng asserts in the introduction that the events are accurate, it may be best to treat this as what Audre Lorde calls "biomythography," with a healthy dose of ethnography.
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ISBN:
9781602832626
Author:
Eggers, Dave
Publisher:
Audiogo
Narrated by:
Graham, Dion
Narrated:
Graham, Dion
Author:
Graham, Dion
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
History
Subject:
Emigration and immigration
Subject:
Biographical fiction
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Audiobooks
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
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Edition Description:
Unabridged Edition
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.88 x 5.06 in 17.5 oz
Media Run Time:
231

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