by Benson deng, Alephonsion Deng, and Benjamin Ajak
Rating: 4 6 Votes
(4 years ago)
12 Jan, 2018
This is a sad story about young boys who had to run away from their war-torn village and walk hundreds of miles to find safety in a foreign country.
I especially enjoyed their stories about life in the village. As someone who group up in an African village, I could relate to most of the stories and typical African superstitions.
However, some of the stories sounded far-fetched, especially the ones about lions.
Repetitions of some elements of the story, e.g. missing home and family, wanting to go back home, etc. made me lose focus once in a while.
There were some interesting parts. My favourite was when one of the boys was describing how the mosquitoes used to feast on them or when they were learning to use a toilet.
The book has a lot of characters with strange names that I found hard to keep track of at the beginning.
One thing I discovered from the book is that the picture it painted of the war in Sudan was totally different from what I imagined based on what I read or saw in the news.