This unforgettable book is the first-person account of a miracleindeed, a series of miracles. One of the uprooted youngsters known as the Lost Boys of Sudan, John Bul Dau was 12 years old when civil war ravaged his village and shattered its age-old society, a life of herding and agriculture marked by the virtues of Dinka tribal tradition. As tracer bullets split the night and mortar shells exploded around him, John fled into the darknessthe first terrified moments of a journey that would lead him thousands of miles into an exile that was to last many years.
John's memoir of his childhood shows African life and values at their best, while his searing account of hardship, famine, and war is a testament to human resilience and kindness. It's also the eloquently plain-spoken self-portrait of a young man who has looked death in the face many times and come away with an inner strength as impressive as it is modest and a wisdom as inspiring as it is matter of fact.
In an era of cultural clashes, John Bul Dau's often humorous stories of adapting to life in the United States offer proof that we can bridge our differences peacefully.
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