So right now, our class has read about half of the book What is the What? by David Eggers. I'm just going to write about my progress so far, and some of my opinions and thoughts. So as of now, the story is interesting enough that I haven't been put to sleep, but it kind of feels like it's going at a slower pace than what I'm used to. The way the story shifts from his experience in Sudan to what's happening in the present in America isn't necessarily confusing, but it can be a little annoying. It's not unbearable, but I still wish that it would be told in a more sequential order, because the majority of the story so far has been jumping all over the place, from when he was robbed and gagged in his own apartment, to being thrown into the wild jungles of Sudan, and then to arriving to a refugee camp in Kakuma. Usually it's okay, but if it skips around too much, I have to actually make an effort to remember everything and store it in my mind so that the book will make sense when it explains those moments in the later chapters.
I have mixed feeling about the book, but I haven't been bored to tears yet. As I said, the pace can be a little slow sometimes, but there are other moments where it can become quite the attention grabber; like the part where the boys ate baby birds and raw elephant meat, or when Valentino met Moses again after months, especially after he saw Moses being cut down right in front of him. In the beginning, the sections about his life in America were more interesting, but after that I came to like the parts in Sudan much much more. After all, this book is based on his life which meant that everything he went through was more or less real, so I found it hard to believe that a child could go through so much crap and not break down. It was amazing to read about how much he had to endure and the fact that he still survived to tell his story despite being constantly scared and pressured, the various diseases that affected other boys, and seeing familiar faces die off each day.
Basically, keeping up without becoming exhausted is a tedious task, but there are lots of powerful emotions that have been poured over each and every single page. I'm fine with this book, and I really want to finish it.