1. What is the What


As you can see from previous years, I'm typically a fairly active reader. So I can't believe that in all of 2007, now more than halfway finished, I've only managed to complete one title, and it took me four months or so to do it. Having said that, What is the What is a great and moving book. It didn't break my heart--although maybe it should have and that could be more of a reflection on me than anything else--but it did take me to a world I had never before been able to imagine, and managed to turn voiceless "refugees" and "war victims" into full-throated human beings, into my contemporaries. The ending, as all of Eggers' endings, is a smash to the face. It's definitely worth the purchase, even if all the proceeds didn't go to the Lost Boys of Sudan, which they do.

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