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Saturday, March 27, 2010

What Is the What by Dave Eggers

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Summary: A Sudanese immigrant recalls his life as a child soldier and his struggle to escape his past.

I know I have trouble with non linear books, but I found myself going, "What? What? What?"

When I wasn't cringing at the descriptions of brutality, I was sighing over human stupidity and Valentine's naivety. I sure there have to be better books of child soldiers and immigrants.

I also don't care for Eggers' writing style and that fact that this is a "fictionalized autobiography" much in the vein in James Frey, well, either be fiction or non-fiction, not that amorphous category that is neither.

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