I wasn't sure this book could add much to "A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier" by Ismael Beah, but it does. Both books are extraordinaryl and left me shaken and yet joyous in the respect I felt for the Sudanese and the people from Sierra Leone (as represented by these authors). Beah's book takes place over a shorter time period. Egger's book traces the boy's life fleeing the soldiers, surviving, the long trek to Ethiopi, and 10 years in a refugee camp. It also covers some painful years inthe US. The book begins when he's 6 or 7; near the end, he is close to 30. The suffering of the Sudanese, the people from Sierra Leone, and people in in many parts of Africa is part of our history as well. The books make their situation much more mutli-dimensional than the photos and news reports from the area I've seen. I reccommend everyone read both of these books for the information and for the range of feelings they evoke. They are great literature and truth.
The narrator's voice was so warm and his diction so natural that it was the perfect vehicle for the deep humanity expressed in this slightly fictionalized true portrayal of the almost unbelievable challenge to which The Lost Boys of Sudan rose -- children with the courage, stamina and independence of the strongest and bravest men facing the terrors and ravages of war -- told through the voice of one very sympathetic character. The way they emerged from these years of trial and horror with their hearts unscarred, loving one another, hungry for knowledge and full of faith in the future is a reminder of the nobility that inheres in the human soul, a nobility that jaded, modern industrialized nations can only look on in dumb grief at what we have traded in for television sets and debit cards. The paucity of our culture is only too painfully revealed in the details of what the protagonist found in his life once he reached the promised land of America -- anything but balm from Gilead. This is, in my opinion, far and away Dave Eggers' best work, and I am deeply grateful for the way he made this human experience, so vastly different from mine, so intimately, viscerally available to me. I will listen to it again and again and never fail to be deepened by it.
I think this book is one of those books that everyone should read. Sometimes we forget that in our spoiled American lives there is another reality out there. This book was well written. I also really enjoyed the narration-great voice and personality!
I am an avid reader! Now I guess an avid Listener. I am addicted to Audible, and love how it keeps me focused when I am trying to get my work done. I am also a really fun kids entertainer... some Adults too!
This book goes on and on about the lives of the refugees from Uganda. It was good when talking about the conflict and what happened to the people, but after coming to america, I found it very whiny and lost interest. I did not finish reading this book.
Since taking my first creative writing class in 2008 the pleasure I used to get from reading has been greatly reduced. I notice things I never noticed before. That said, I think I rate books pretty generously. Anyone who actually manages to write a whole book and then get it published deserves an extra star.
Excellent and deserving story of a "Lost Boy" of Sudan. Dave Eggers does a skillful job of framing Valentino/Achak's story and inserts just the right amounts of foreshadowing, tension vs.relief, and humor. The only thing I take exception with is that he calls it "a novel". Eggers' explanation of why he does this makes sense, but for a story that is so clearly biographical, where the political and physical settings are real, I think there are other, better, ways of saying this story is based on one person's memories - and memories aren't always the most reliable of sources. In this case, it doesn't make the story any less true.
Mostly non-fiction: biographies, history, science, etc.
This fictionalized memoir tries a bit too hard to be a film script in the ready, but over all is an affecting story of one of Sudan's "Lost Boys": asea in war-torn Sudan and a dangerous Atlanta.
The Sisters Review
A candid raw story of human survival. The plights of the children in this story are unbelievable to someone born in America.
It is a sad and terrifying journey for the boys of Sudan but by the end of the book there is a sense of hope and amazement for all that they overcome. I was so moved I went to the author's site and donated money to his organization.
This is a great story even though it's not told perfectly. English is not the first language of the author, and sometimes the story falters when he tries to be literary rather than just telling the story. But the story itself is so interesting and informative that I highly recommend it. The Sudan story is the may turn out to be the world story in a microcosm.
As nonfiction, the book would be pretty fascinating. As a work of fiction, however, it comes off as trite, hokey and predictable. I haven't read any other Eggers before, but as a piece of literature, it is pretty much paint-by-numbers. The material itself is incredibly interesting, but the narrative structure, one-note tone throughout, and clunky foreshadowing all tend to muffle rather than enhance the natural sense of wonder the reader should feel upon reading such an inherently interesting tale. I would recommend as adolescent fiction, perhaps.
Don't know. Dave Eggers is really lauded as a great author, but I just couldn't get interested in the story or characters.
I don't expect Dave Eggers cares about making the book more enjoyable! Need to have a main character who is more relatable
This was a waste of the credit.