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Through reading the book, I have gained a better understanding about Sudanese and Sharia Law, the cultures the people follow, as well as the struggle faced by many civilians due to the civil war. It has really made me think in a different perspective to what I knew about Sudan as a region filled with conflict and war. After reading about half of the book, I am now able to see the situations from the perspectives of a person who has been through the situation and not just reporters making stories about what we want to hear (not all, but quite a few).
There are just some things in the book that you love and motivate you, such as a line "I find strength in asserting what's right" in chapter 2, but others are just really "dull" and "overcast", such as the part where they are eating the elephant and starving to death that just make you think "How could they do that?"
I guess it all comes down to perspective and styles, but What is the What is a great book nevertheless, as it makes you think and gives you a better understanding of what is going on it the world. Really.