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Does the books use of fiction add or take away from the books importance as a work of non-fiction?

The book is an auto-biography of Valentino Achak Deng, but is he a reliable narrator?

How do the American and African settings compare? Is Valentino's life a lot easier in the USA?

How much of the book do you think is Dave Eggers's own opinion? Does he use views that are perhaps not the viewpoint of his subject?

Towards the end of the book, an old man says they will not escape their problems by moving to the USA, but they will only find new ones. How true do you think this is? Are all problems relative?

Why does Eggers include the account of the robbery? Why is the fact the robbers are African-American important?

What is the What often reads like an adventure story. What is the...

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