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Interesting characters and dialog.
Not sure why the title. Not a very spiritually insightful book, almost anti-faith or spiritual babies having an adventure in the heart of darkness. I was hoping for a Machine Gun Preacher type of victory of faith.
Overall it was an interesting story of the goings on of a war torn country trying to find itself.
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Those fans of Philip Caputo's Vietnam memoir, A Rumor of War, will not find the same taut prose and carefully chosen phrasing in this overlong effort. This book is self-indulgent in the way of a New Yorker magazine article--nothing is deemed too tangential to be included, so the plot suffers and the listener has to plow through hours of tedium to get to the interesting stuff. There are too many characters to keep straight and certain stories are simply not integrated into the overall story. A condensed version of this book would, oddly, have a better impact, although if you are interested in learning everything you could possibly know about the problems in the Sudan, this is the book for you. Caputo is a journalist, and this is more a report than a novel. As for the vocal performance, it was outstanding, so that's a plus.