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December 30, 2006

49 Down, 3 To Go (52 Books, 52 Weeks)

Before reviewing Dave Eggers' latest novel, What Is the What, I have to admit to being both a huge fanboy of Eggers' writing as well as the McSweeney's publishing empire. In What Is the What, Eggers recounts the tale of Valentino Achak Deng, one of the Sudanese "Lost Boys" who escaped Sudan for the United States. Deng's story is one of pain, suffering, and self-discovery, and Eggers manages to paint him in sympathetic and even sometimes humorous tones. The history of the Sudan conflict is represented from all perspectives, and its human cost at its most personal. This book is more than the autobiography of a man, it is the story of a nation, and one of the most moving books I have read in a long time.

My next book is Shadowland, by Kim Deitch.

see also:

Previous Book Notes submissions (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2006 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2005 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2004 Edition)

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