God Grew Tired of Us

God Grew Tired of Us

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by John Bul Dau, Michael S. Sweeney
     
 

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"Lost Boy" John Bul Dau’s harrowing experience surviving the brutal horrors of Sudanese civil war and his adjustment to life in modern America is chronicled in this inspiring memoir and featured in an award-winning documentary film of the same name. Movingly written, the book traces Dau’s journey through hunger, exhaustion, terror, and violence as he fled…  See more details below

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"Lost Boy" John Bul Dau’s harrowing experience surviving the brutal horrors of Sudanese civil war and his adjustment to life in modern America is chronicled in this inspiring memoir and featured in an award-winning documentary film of the same name. Movingly written, the book traces Dau’s journey through hunger, exhaustion, terror, and violence as he fled his homeland, dodging ambushes, massacres and attacks by wild animals. His tortuous, 14-year journey began in 1987, when he was just 13, and took him on a 1,000-mile walk, barefoot, to Ethiopia, back to Sudan, then to a refugee camp in Kenya, where he lived with thousands of other Lost Boys. In 2001, at the age of 27, he immigrated to the United States. With touching humor, Dau recounts the shock of his tribal culture colliding with life in America. He shares the joy of reuniting with his family and the challenges of making a new life for himself while never forgetting the other Lost Boys he left behind.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This earnest, heart-on-the-sleeve memoir reinforces the preciousness of all human life and should serve as a reality check for the rest of world." —Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

"This is a memoir of terror, triumph and humour as Bul Dau adapts to his new life, learning along the way that differences can be bridged peacefully." —Windsor Star (Ontario)

"One sweetly funny moment in this book occurs when Dau meets a nice guy named Brad, who turns out to be the film’s producer, Brad Pitt." —Times-Picayune (New Orleans)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426202667
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
01/22/2008
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
170,519
File size:
1 MB

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Meet the Author

John Bul Dau is a Dinka from Southern Sudan and one of thousands of Lost Boys who fled their homeland during Sudanese civil war. He found shelter at refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya before coming to Syracuse, New York, where he now lives with his wife and his daughter.

Michael S. Sweeney is a professor of journalism at Utah State University. He is the author of the acclaimed book Secrets of Victory, which was named 2001 Book of the Year by the American Journalism Historians Association.


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God Grew Tired of Us 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Shelby21 More than 1 year ago
You will definitely think twice about pitying yourself after reading this. I never wanted to stop reading it, and it was a pretty fast and easy read. It WILL change you, recommend.
hannah1028 More than 1 year ago
This non-fiction novel is one that is sure to bring one insight and inspiration. The hardships described in the book that were delt with by those who suffered and/or died during this time are events that you could not believe have been overcome by those few "Lost Boys." The "Lost Boys" are some of the most inspiring people that I have ever read about. The tales of John Bul Dau are phenomenal. I was truly inspired and recommend that everyone reads this book at least once in their lifetime.
ChariK More than 1 year ago
Amazing story of what this boy and thousands of others experienced in Sudan. Their faith in God is truly inspiring. You cannot read this book and not be changed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Truly inspiring!! A must read for anyone interested in learning about the struggle of less fortunate people who have to deal daily with unimaginable circumstances. I felt an enormous admiration for John Bul Dau. He is a man who even in the bleakest of circumstances could find humor, courage and hope. We see through his eyes the misfortune and injustice of his country and learn from him, how fortunate we are as Americans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So i had to read this book for language arts class. To me it was very boring at the beginning and confung but it ot better as the story proressed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank u for tapping. U r awesome! I saw the movie of this book. It was really good and sa too though as well.
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I have no clue wat this story is about <: P
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Samuel Gonzalez More than 1 year ago
its a very emotional book
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