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Zeitoun

Eggers, Dave (Book - 2009)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a prosperous Syrian-American and father of four, chose to stay through the storm to protect his house and contracting business. In the days after the storm, he traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and helping those he could. A week later, on September 6, 2005, Zeitoun abruptly disappeared. Eggers's riveting nonfiction book, three years in the making, explores Zeitoun's roots in Syria, his marriage to Kathy - an American who converted to Islam - and their children, and the surreal atmosphere (in New Orleans and the United States generally) in which what happened to Abdulrahman Zeitoun was possible. Like What Is the What , Zeitoun was written in close collaboration with its subjects and involved vast research - in this case, in the United States, Spain, and Syria.
Authors: Eggers, Dave
Title: Zeitoun
Publisher: New York : McSweeney's Books, 2009
Characteristics: 351 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
ISBN: 9781934781630
1934781630
Branch Call Number: 976.33506 Eg33Z 2009
Statement of Responsibility: by Dave Eggers
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 343-344)
Subject Headings: New Orleans (La.) History 21st century Arab Americans Social conditions Muslims United States Disaster victims Louisiana New Orleans Biography Hurricane Katrina, 2005 Social aspects
Topical Term: Arab Americans
Muslims
Disaster victims
Hurricane Katrina, 2005
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Jun 30, 2014
  • SLS71 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I liked the book until I looked up what is happening with the Zeitoun family today. I guess it goes to show you never really know what goes on behind closed doors. But reading about Zeitoun now has soured me on the book.

Jun 12, 2014
  • duffh rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

What happens when the country running Guantanamo Bay detention centre has to cope with the Hurricane Katrina crisis in multicultural New Orleans? I thought I'd heard most of the stories, but not this one. Eggers makes a good effort to get many sides of the story, and make one care about the central family. Perhaps less time could have been spent on the principal character's childhood, but that's a minor quibble.

Jul 07, 2013
  • candle rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Very worthwhile book to read

Jun 22, 2013
  • WVMLBookClubTitles rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

In this compelling story of resilience and survival, Eggers chronicles the harrowing experiences of Syrian American Abdulrahman Zeitoun during Hurricane Katrina. In the aftermath of the storm, Zeitoun spends his days paddling through the streets providing whatever assistance he can to stranded residents. As the city falls into a state of chaos and disorder, the injustices that befall Zeitoun reveal the appalling failures of the American government. A sharply written, powerful and unforgettable story.

Just placed a hold on this book and would rather not have read things in the comments that give the story away. Please be careful what you post!

Oct 14, 2012
  • elinpat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Nail-biting bit of journalism, an account of the New Orleans flood. Great writing.

Jul 03, 2012
  • tauseef365 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A staggering harrowing account of one family's experience dealing with the aftermath of official incompetence and worse in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Moving and unforgettable, I am recommending this book to every book lover I know.

Jun 10, 2012
  • staceykinnear rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A unique account of the events leading up to and immediately following Hurricane Katrina. The narrative is told from the joint perspectives of Zeitoun, a Muslim originally from Syria, and his wife Kathy, a native Louisianan. Together they piece together a harrowing true story of what happened in New Orleans. This is a real page turner that will surprise, shock, and at times warm your heart.

Another unforgettable true story from Eggers. Shocking and heart-breaking, but also a story about that glimmer of human goodness.

Aug 25, 2011
  • Icicle rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Simply one of the best books I've read in decades. Thank you to Mr. Eggers for telling this story.

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Dec 18, 2010
  • MelissaBee rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Dec 19, 2010
  • MelissaBee rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An excellent account of the days leading up to and following the devastation of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina as seen through the eyes of a hard working and caring citizen, Abdulrahman Zeitoun. The final third of the book also offers insight into the questionable priorities of FEMA under the direction of Homeland Security as Syrian-American Zeitoun falls into the hands of police and is under suspicion of terrorism. Haunting and unforgettable.

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Jun 10, 2011
  • Undercover_reader rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Dave Eggers on Zeitoun

Whitman College professors discuss Zeitoun

In 2010, the incoming class of freshmen at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, read Zeitoun by Dave Eggers for a common book project.

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