Acts of Faith
I've never read a book so exasperating to read...often I was riveted AND bored at the same time. The core story is quite interesting: The world of humanitarian aid to Sudan during wartime and famine (as told by several different characters behind ...more
Nonetheless, Caputo just barely manages this huge effort - a bunch of people jockey for contracts to fly relief aid to the Sudan. Whether it's profiteering or not is a theme; so is the benevolent paternalism many of the characters ...more
This book covers, in graphic detail, war in the Sudan, including the aftermath of bombings, hand-to-hand ...more
“Like Vietnam?” Douglas murmured. “We’re here because we’re here because we’re here.”
Manfred’s gaze passed from the American’s face to his boots, then back up again. “I have no idea what you are talking about.”
When they say "write about what you know" they don't say "include everything and don't forget the kitchen sink!"
The first half of the book is full of too many main characters. I got the feeling the author just couldn't choose a filter. The second half is dominated by soap opera-like love affairs and is taken over by the two most unlikable characters in the book.
If you were having trouble with the mishmash style of the first half and wishi ...more
It could have been edited better, too long but not with great descriptions or valuable info for the story.
Starred Review. Caputo's ambitious adventure novel, set against a backdrop of the Sudanese wars, makes for a dense, riveting update on Graham Greene's The Quiet American. The American in this case is Douglas Braithwaite, a "mercenary with a conscience" who founds Knight Air, a charter airline that conveys relief supplies from NGOs to war-torn southern Sudan. Braithwaite launches his service by flying aid to the Nuba, a region in the northern Sudanese sphere of influence t
I had a love/blah relationship with this book. Started out slow, but got into the politics/culture of Sudan, the UN, relief agencies... and if you would like almost journalistic account of the conflict in southern Sudan and nuts-bolts of the politics and the NGO's involved, the first part of the book was GREAT ...more
I really wanted to like this book, and I did, though it wasn't quite as good as I wanted it to be.
This book is epic, and it has the length to prove it (almost 700 pages). What it was to me was essentially a story about the very thin line between right and wrong, and the human ability to rationalize any action on either side of that line. Every character on eve ...more