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What is the What by Dave Eggers
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Oct 09, 07

bookshelves: life-stories, non-fiction, international, literary
Read in September, 2007

Wow. Very, very good and amazing. I liked it soooooooo much better than the other Dave Eggers book I read. Very good, very powerful, but not, as I'd feared, so intense that it would make me miserable. I'm very impressed by Dave Eggers.

Do not think it was lost on us that the Kenyans, and every international body that monitors or provides for the displaced, customarily places its refugees in the least desirable regions on earth. There we become utterly dependent -- unable to grow our own food, to tend our own livestock, to live in any sustainable way. I do not judge the UNHCR or any nation that takes in the nationless, but I do pose the question.

--Schools will be yours! he roared.
We cheered.
--You will be the best-educated Sudanese in all of history! he yelled.
Bewildered, we cheered again.
--Now we will build the schools!
We cheered again, but soon the cheering died down. It dawned on us that the task would come down to us.
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