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What Is the What Summary
Dave Eggers

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What Is the What Summary

Plot Summary

What is the What is written as an autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng, but authored by the American writer, Dave Eggers. Mixing fictional and non-fictional elements, Eggers tells the story of Valentino's long and arduous journey from his hometown in Southern Sudan to his present home in Atlanta, Georgia in the USA. Valentino suffers hunger and disease as, with thousands of others, he walks through his war-torn country to refugee camps in both Ethiopia and Kenya.

The book opens with Valentino answering his a knock on his apartment door to an African-American woman. She says she wants to use the phone, but moments later, a man appears and forces himself through the door and ties Valentino up while the woman robs the apartment. From this compromised position Valentino tells the reader the first part of his story.

Valentino was born in Southern Sudan in a village called Marial...

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