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.
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.
This book is terrible. The sentences are choppy, the narrator reads every sentence as if it were exclamatory, and it's excruciatingly boring. I wish I could rate it zero stars.