What Is the What by Dave Eggers

The novel is a fictionalized account of a real-life Sudanese refugee, Valentino Achak Deng, who was forced to flee from his village during the Second Sudanese Civil War. The story follows his harrowing journey as a child through Ethiopia and Kenya, his life in various refugee camps, and his eventual resettlement in the United States. The book explores themes of survival, identity, and the power of storytelling, while shedding light on the tragic history and ongoing humanitarian crisis in Sudan.

The 1904th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 412

Since this book was first published in 2006, there is a penalty of 51.2%. The age adjusted score is 201.06.

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