Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Darfur Diaries-Book Review

I decided to read Darfur Diaries for Natasha's Reading and Blogging for Darfur. I pledged to read this during the month of September and post a review. I, unforunately, have yet to finish it, but I did want to post about why that is. So, this is a midway review.

I am finding this book very hard to read. Not that it is bad, but because I am not that great at reading non-fiction. I really don't know what to rate this book so far...the subject matter and the need for people to understand what is going on in Darfur deserves at least four stars, but the way this is written and its ability to hold my interest is more a two star rating.

I decided to read this book because it sounded like it would focus more on the individuals' stories. This appealed to me and sounded right for what I need to stay interested in a non-fiction book. Unfortunately, the focus is more on the authors, the ones who went to Darfur to film their documentary rather than on the people they were talking to. The stories are about how they got to Darfur, how they met with these people, their thoughts on what they said, etc.

I think I need to see the documentary to see the stories, listen to the voices of those affected.

I have not given up on the book quite yet. I pick it up and read a few more pages now and then. I want to read it. I want to be more informed. It is just taking me longer to do than I thought it would.


1 comment:

  1. I'm so sorry to hear you aren't enjoying this book. I know how hard reading some nonfiction books are no matter how interested you are in the material. I felt the same away about "Omnivore's Dilemma." If it doesn't capture you, it doesn't capture you. Maybe you'll get lucky and the book will pick up in the second half.


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