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vmcougar, January 15, 2010 (view all comments by vmcougar)
If you have ever wondered what else was going on in New Orleans after Katrina went on it's merry way; Dave Egger's book, Zeitoun, can give you a whole different perspective.

Struggling to save his property and stay in touch with his wife who left New Orleans with their children, Mr. Zeitoun encounters others who stayed behind. His view of the aftermath is not that of the Superdome, but it isn't much better either.

After all the horror stories this one really shook me to the core. Here is a man who truly loves his adopted city and it's mirade inhabitants; yet ends up arrested and put into prision simply because know one bothered to check out his story.

Yes, yes I know, things were a mess, however, with a few hours of research the whole fiasco that Mr. Zeitoun endured could have been avoided. I blame inept leadership for this sort of thing and while I realize that everyone was ordered to evacuate, people like Mr. Zeitoun made a big difference for others because they didn't.

Not one of those powerhouse books; Egger's journalistic career makes this an easy and interesting read. I highly recommend it.
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Sheryll-Ann, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by Sheryll-Ann)
I wasn't sure I wanted to read a book about Katrina; it happened four years ago, there was so much sadness, etc. But Dave Eggers as the author made the decision for me, and I am so glad I read this book. Although well-written and engaging, the subject matter itself gets heavier as the book proceeds, until you find yourself breathing faster and your knuckles white from clenching them in rage. I don't want to give too much away, but suffice it to say you may come away from this book with feelings about our country and its "relief" agencies that you would prefer you didn't have to have. Hopefully someone in FEMA has made this book mandatory reading for all of its employees and volunteers.
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Nan Rush, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by Nan Rush)
This book gets my vote as Best of the Decade. Even though most reviews have given away the ending, the suspense is almost unbearable. As we row along the flooded streets of New Orleans with Zeitoun, we want to shout to him - "Be careful - there are monsters out there!" This is a hearbreaking work of staggering impact.
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Sarah Standish, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by Sarah Standish)
Dave Eggers does for Islam--and a Muslim man--what I thought impossible: he largely depoliticizes the two, and demonstrates the faith's beauty without romanticizing it. His portrayal of Islam is an American context is real--more so than the portrait drawn by those who rush either to praise or disparage the faith in the mainstream media.

This subtlety is a result of Eggers' considerable literary and intellectual gifts, talents that he applies to other problems in the book: the devastating aftermath of Katrina, the Bush administration's response, as he clarifies and sharpens them in a way that almost no contemporary account that I've seen has done.

As such, the book is an illuminating parable of both American diversity and individual resilience and the excesses of power.

Hard to put down, and heartbreaking--what more could you ask for?

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Andrea Oyarzabal, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Andrea Oyarzabal)
This was a very poignant and touching account of the Zeitoun family and their experiences in Hurricane Katrina. It is very interesting to see the insider perspective--a perspective not realized by the rest of America, potentially far from Louisiana and Mississippi. I would not have been privy to any of the graphic horrors that some of the victims faced had I not read this account. Dave Eggers continues to amaze me, and I am always surprised that he can top himself. He does amazing work!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781934781630
Author:
Eggers, Dave
Publisher:
McSweeney's Books
Author:
Eggers, David
Subject:
United States - State & Local - South
Subject:
United States - 21st Century
Subject:
Disasters & Disaster Relief
Subject:
Hurricane Katrina, 2005 - Social aspects
Subject:
Disaster victims - Louisiana - New Orleans
Subject:
New Orleans (La.)
Subject:
World History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20090731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
342
Dimensions:
8.5 x 6 in 19.5 lb

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Product details 342 pages McSweeney's Books - English 9781934781630 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Dave Eggers wowed even his most ardent skeptics with What Is the What, the "autobiography" of a Sudanese immigrant that Eggers wrote based on interviews with Valentino Achak Deng. Now Eggers is back with Zeitoun, which examines the disappearance of a Syrian-American father of four in post-Katrina New Orleans. Fans of Eggers's previous work will be equally enthralled with this unforgettable book.

"Review" by , "This is a beautiful book. Zeitoun is a poignant, haunting, ethereal story about New Orleans in peril. Eggers has bottled up the feeling of post-Katrina despair better than anyone else. This is a simple story with a lingering radiance. My admiration for the humanist spirit of Eggers knows no bounds." Douglas Brinkley, author of The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast
"Review" by , "Zeitoun is an American epic. The post-Katrina trials of Abdulrahman Zeitoun would have baffled even Kafka's Joseph K. Though Zeitoun's story could have been a source of cynicism or despair, Dave Eggers's clear and elegant prose manages to deftly capture many of the signature shortcomings of American life while holding onto the innate optimism and endless drive to more closely match our ideals that Zeitoun and his adopted land share. Juggling these contradictions, Eggers captures the puzzle of America."
"Review" by , "Zeitoun is a gripping and amazing story that highlights so much about the tragedy of Katrina, post-9/11 life for Arabs and Muslims, and the beautiful nature of American multi-cultural society."
"Review" by , "Zeitoun is an instant American classic carved from fierce eloquence and a haunting moral sensibility. By wrestling with the demons of xenophobia and racial profiling that converged in the swirling vortex of Hurricane Katrina and post-9/11 America, Eggers lets loose the angels of wisdom and courage that hover over the lives of the beleaguered, but miraculously unbroken, Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun. This is a major work full of fire and wit by one of our most important writers."
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“This is a beautiful book. Zeitoun is a poignant, haunting, ethereal story about New Orleans in peril. Eggers has bottled up the feeling of post- Katrina despair better than anyone else. This is a simple story with a lingering

radiance. My admiration for the humanist spirit of Eggers knows no bounds.”

— Douglas Brinkley, author of The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Zeitoun is an American epic. The post-Katrina trials of Abdulrahman

Zeitoun would have baffled even Kafkas Joseph K. Though Zeitouns story could have been a source of cynicism or despair, Dave Eggerss clear and elegant prose manages to deftly capture many of the signature shortcomings of American life while holding onto the innate optimism and endless drive to more closely match our ideals that Zeitoun and his adopted land share. Juggling these contradictions, Eggers captures the puzzle of America.” — Billy Sothern, author of Down in New Orleans

Zeitoun is a gripping and amazing story that highlights so much about the tragedy of Katrina, post-9/11 life for Arabs and Muslims, and the beautiful nature of American multi-cultural society.”

— Yousef Munayyer, policy analyst, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

"Zeitoun is an instant American classic carved from fierce eloquence and a haunting moral sensibility. By wrestling with the demons of xenophobia and racial profiling that converged in the swirling vortex of Hurricane Katrina and post-9/11 America, Eggers lets loose the angels of wisdom and courage that hover over the lives of the beleaguered, but miraculously unbroken, Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun. This is a major work full of fire and wit by one of our most important writers."

— Michael Eric Dyson, author of Come Hell or High Water

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