Acts of Faith

Acts of Faith

by Philip Caputo
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Acts of Faith by Philip Caputo

Philip Caputo’s tragic and epically ambitious new novel is set in Sudan, where war is a permanent condition. Into this desolate theater come aid workers, missionaries, and mercenaries of conscience whose courage and idealism sometimes coexist with treacherous moral blindness. There’s the entrepreneurial American pilot who goes from flying food and medicine to smuggling arms, the Kenyan aid worker who can’t help seeing the tawdry underside of his enterprise, and the evangelical Christian who comes to Sudan to redeem slaves and falls in love with a charismatic rebel commander.

As their fates intersect and our understanding of their characters deepens, it becomes apparent that Acts of Faith is one of those rare novels that combine high moral seriousness with irresistible narrative wizardry.   

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375725975
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/09/2006
Series: Vintage Contemporaries Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 688
Sales rank: 664,757
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Philip Caputo worked for nine years for the Chicago Tribune and shared a Pulitzer Prize in 1972 for his reporting on election fraud in Chicago. He is the author of six other works of fiction and two memoirs, including A Rumor of War, about his service in Vietnam. He divides his time between Connecticut and Arizona.

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Acts of Faith 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Peterlongo More than 1 year ago
I grabbed this book off the shelf when I saw under Caputo's name on the cover page, "Winner of the Pulitzer Prize". This is usually a pretty good indicator that the book will be a good read. On the way to the checkstand I began to get the idea that this PP was not for outstanding literary ability as a novelist, but rather as a political reporter. Acts of Faith - is just that. An attempt to write a novel by a political reporter. Little or no real literary talent in evidence here. All conversations in the book are stilted and awkward. There are some good passages in the book where interior and exterior landsacapes are described. Mr. Caputo should stick to what he is good at - newspaper reporting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though a tad long, this book should be a classic. Somehow one can feel the heat, the mosquitos bites, but we can also sense the majesty of Africa - God's creation. Should be required reading for anyone interested in the plight of the African people.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In the oil rich Nuba Mountains of Sudan, Muslims wage war on the natives. A variety of individuals with differing purposes try to provide sustenance to the beleaguered populace. One relief group Knight Air includes Biracial Kenyan Fitzhugh Martin who fills his previously vapid life as a soccer star with meaning due to the relief operation. Americans Douglas Brathwaite and Wes Dare, and Canadian Mary English also find spiritual sustenance with the fly lift effort.--- At the same time as Knight Air and other rival relief groups struggle to assist the blacks, the ferocious slaughter continues as Arab warlord Ibrahim Idirs keeps fighting though he misses his black mistress who is probably dead. . The Sudanese People's Liberation Army has its agenda too and so does the altruistic Knight Air who chooses an immoral means that will geometrically increase the death rate in order to end the killings.--- Using detailed events to describe a devastating war, Philip Caputo provides a deep look at what Colin Powell declared as genocide. The story line uses action to paint a complex multifaceted look into the killing fields of Sudan and how mercenaries, missionaries, military and mindless humanitarians cause havoc on the beleaguered local populace. Though depressingly a Rwanda replay, ACTS OF FAITH is a thought provoking anti-war thriller that even uses seemingly out of place romantic subplots to serve as ironic counterpoint to the killings in which all is not quiet on the southern front.--- Harriet Klausner
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MaryMoon More than 1 year ago
While the author gives a fictionalized account of an important geopolitical conflict, the characters offer insight into the problems of outsider intervention. The corruption of local regimes and outsiders alike are given attention and analysis. The self delusion of missionaries, gun runners, and slave emancipators is instructive and insightful.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book....devastatingly beautiful...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was extremely disappointed with this book especially after reading its reviews. This book is too lengthy for its plot, and sleazy scenes intersperse the substance of this book. It is a Conradian tale, and it reaches the same conclusion as Heart of Darkness--'The Horror, The Horror.' Caputo states this conclusion more blatantly enumerating how Africa is the fertile ground in which the innate human evilness can flourish. This alone was disappointing because it was highly unoriginal. In addition, Caputo offers nothing additional which can counter Chinua Achebe's claim that Conrad is a 'bloody racist' due to his conclusion and portrayal of Africa and Africans. Though I do not completely agree with Achebe, I think that Caputo's book would have been greatly strengthened if he did not emphasize the corruption and injustice that facilitates 'African justice.'