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What is the What by Dave Eggers
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Sep 13, 07

Recommended for: white people
Read in January, 2006

du-du-dear reader!

haha, just a little inside joke there! don't worry if you don't understand it, because you probably won't, because it's between me and just one other person (that i know of) and that's why it's inside! and you're on the outside! so suck my dick! hahaha just kidding!

well, as you have already noticed, the title of today's show is "lions and tigers and armed mujadeen militia, OH MY!" and that's because the book we'll be discussing today is david eggers' fiction debut, "WHAT UP?!" by dave eggers! ok who's ready? i am! let's go! (get ready!)


REVIEW:

semi-fictionalized autobiography of valentino achak deng, a sudanese man who experienced firsthand the civil war violence.
refugee, comes to america, retells his history by "talking" to people and objects around him in his current life in america.
lions eating kids, kids shooting people with AK-47's, rape, pillaging, tons of totally fucked up shit!


VERDICT:

honestly, while this book is historically significant (great insight into what happened), any aspirations eggers may have had to write a "great novel" fall short, and as a piece of literature, it's above-average at best. and considering it follows heartbreaking work, in which eggers demonstrated nothing less than pure fucking genius, it's downright disappointing.
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