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Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

Zeitoun (original 2009; edition 2009)

by Dave Eggers

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Authors:Dave Eggers
Info:McSweeney's (2009), Hardcover, 342 pages
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Zeitoun by Dave Eggers (2009)

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    Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink (TooBusyReading)
    TooBusyReading: Both books are fascinating and heartbreaking looks at how much went wrong as Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans.
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    BookshelfMonstrosity: A columnist for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Rose delves into the aftereffects of the storm on his adopted city in this compelling collection of essays.
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    SqueakyChu: Story of the hurricane in Galveston in 1900 resulting in unexpected and devastating flooding
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    The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim Defede (LynnB)
    LynnB: Story of ordinary people, like Mr. Zeitoun, who made a difference.
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    The Best Democracy Money Can Buy by Greg Palast (Othemts)
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    Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans by Dan Baum (bdav1818)
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    A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: Neufeld's compelling graphic novel depicts the effects of Hurricane Katrina through the true stories of seven of the city's residents.

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You will not forget this book... It is a thought-provoking, terrifying and hopeful accounting of what turns out to be much more than a natural disaster. I highly recommend it. ( )
  jMitty | Mar 25, 2015 |
America's policies on the war on terror and Hurricane Katrina are the backdrop of this true tale of one family's fight to be considered Americans. Zeitoun is a riveting account of one family’s unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind and water.
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  cm37107 | Mar 5, 2015 |
Excellent account of how one family survived Hurricane Katrina, and the lawlessness that occurred in its aftermath. ( )
  cgottlieb | Jan 26, 2015 |
Audiobook: listened while walking on the treadmill most of the time, but near the end had to listen whenever I had the chance. Excellent, eye-opening, true story of Muslim amily in New Orleans before and after Hurricane Katrina, and the outrageous, shameful acts of the government. Great book club book; so much to discuss. ( )
  cindyb29 | Jan 12, 2015 |
A very readable and often shocking non-fiction account of one family’s experience during Hurricane Katrina. I’m glad to have read it, and learned a lot from it – particularly the connection between the disaster and the ‘War on Terror’ – which wouldn’t have been immediately obvious but which was explained patiently in the final section.

Inevitably, though, my reading experience was coloured by the fact that I googled “Zeitoun” while reading the book, and learned that events have not been kind to this family in recent years. I really wished I hadn’t found that out before I finished reading, and if you don’t want to know, please stop reading this now. The solidity of the Zeitoun family’s marriage was at the heart of the story, and to learn that their relationship has imploded spectacularly was a shock; it made me question everything I was reading. Looking back now, I wonder how important it is that I believe it to be the truth....if it were fiction I would know it wasn’t true and I read fiction all the time. And yet....if it were fiction I would surely have questioned the characterisation and said to myself ‘no, no, these Zeitouns are too good to be true. Nobody is that perfect.’

I’d have to put this book on the same imaginary shelf as “Papillon” and “The Bookseller of Kabul” – they are all supposed to be based on fact, but for various reasons you have to take them with a pinch of salt. Yet they all have something valuable to say, and I don’t regret reading any of them. In the case of’ Zeitoun’, regardless of the doubts that might be raised by recent events, this is a real family who lived through an immense trauma and I wish them peace. ( )
  jayne_charles | Nov 17, 2014 |
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In “Zeitoun,” what Dave Eggers has found in the Katrina mud is the full-fleshed story of a single family, and in telling that story he hits larger targets with more punch than those who have already attacked the thematic and historic giants of this disaster. It’s the stuff of great narrative nonfiction.
"Zeitoun" is a warm, exciting and entirely fresh way of experiencing Hurricane Katrina.

Eggers' sympathy for Zeitoun is as plain and real as his style in telling the man's story. He doesn't try to dazzle with heartbreaking pirouettes of staggering prose; he simply lets the surreal and tragic facts speak for themselves.

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...in the history of the world it might even be that there was more punishment than crime...
Cormac McCarthy, The Road

To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
Mark Twain
For Abdulrahman, Kathy, Zachary, Nademah, Aisha, Safiya, and Ahmad in New Orleans.

For Ahmad, Antonia, Lutfi, and Laila in Málaga.

For Kousay, Nada, Mahmoud, Zakiya, Luay, Eman, Fahzia, Fatimah, Aisha, Munah, Nasibah, and all the Zeitouns of Jableh, Lattakia, and Arwad Island.

For the people of New Orleans.
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On moonless nights the men and boys of Jableh, a dusty fishing town on the coast of Syria, would gather their lanterns and set out in their quietest boats.
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...in de geschiedenis van de wereld is er misschien wel meer straf geweest dan misdaad...
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Voor wie een hamer heeft, lijkt alles op een spijker.
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In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, longtime New Orleans residents Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun are cast into an unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind and water. In the days after the storm, Abdulrahman 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-- arrested and accused of being an agent of al Qaeda.… (more)

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