Acts of Faith

Philip Caputo

I’ve just sunk my teeth into this one, and I feel a blush of strong admiration for the prose and for Caputo’s powers of imagination in conjuring a world of relief workers and journalists in the Sudan, amidst a civil war.
I also felt a twinge of revulsion at some of the Conradian characterizations of Africans, which begin on the very first page, by the way, as ignorant of the distinction between good and evil. Thoughts like these crop up in the comments of characters now and then, and also evil is an integral — and legitimate — part of the story, there is s omething wrongheaded and antiquated about this.
I’ll elaborate further when I’m finished. For all these words of caution, I expect I’ll continue to enjoy the read.

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