Thursday, May 15, 2008

Review - The Translator by Daoud Hari

The Translator is the first-person account of Daoud Hari, a Sudanese native who experiences firsthand the genocide perpetrated by his government. After watching his village burn to the ground, Daoud offers his services to international reporters and investigators. Because he has contacts in many villages, as well as within rebel fighting groups, he is able to take reporters into areas of active fighting and bring them back out, often at great risk to his own life.

Because this is a first-person account, it is easy to feel like Daoud is in the room with you, telling you his adventures face to face. His ability to find humor in horrifying circumstances makes his story all the more remarkable. He speaks often in the book about the importance of making friends - after reading The Translator, I feel like I have made a new friend, and plan to share his inspiring work with as many of mine as possible.

Finished: 02/08/08
Rating: 7/10
Source: LibraryThing Early Reviewers program

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