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The Wild Things by Dave Eggers

The Wild Things (2009)

by Dave Eggers (Author)

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  danbrady | Apr 8, 2016 |
  danbrady | Apr 8, 2016 |
I wrote a long review for this, but it got deleted in the process of posting it to this very site. I just...needed to air that grievance.

"Zeitoun" is, in my opinion, Dave Eggers best book yet. It is the first-person account (NB: although written "first person," the actual writer is Dave Eggers; the way it works is that Eggers spent three years interviewing the Zeitouns and their relatives and friends, and then in a sort of divine investiture of authority -- i.e., in an act similar to where the Holy Ghost, in scripture, speaks in the first-person, as if it were Christ or God the Father (and I hope this makes sense; Eggers isn't ghost-writing so much as holy-ghost-writing) -- Eggers then takes on the character of Zeitoun ("takes on" in the divine investiture of authority sense) and essentially writes an autobiography) -- the first-person account of one Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a Syrian-American residential construction contractor, owner of multiple rental properties, citizen of New Orleans. When Katrina hit, actually the day before, Zeitoun's wife, Kathy, and their three girls and infant boy left New Orleans to stay with relatives in a nearby state. Zeitoun stayed behind to oversee their properties, and to help out. Generous and big-hearted, Zeitoun spent his days rescuing pets and people alike from their flooded and damaged properties. On September 6, 2005, Zeitoun went missing. No one knew where he was. As months dragged by, Kathy worried that her husband was dead, and that she'd have to raise their children and rebuild their home without him.

This is an amazing story. And I took pains to describe the novel's writing process because it seems to me that Eggers is doing something here (and with his last book, "What is the What?") that is new and exciting and strangely spiritual. ( )
  evamat72 | Mar 31, 2016 |
Everyone needs to read this book. ( )
  annalikesthings | Mar 14, 2016 |
The handling of affairs in the aftermath of Katrina is/was truly appalling. Zeitoun's story illustrates well the total lack of co-ordination in implementing a disaster management plan. While the facts of the case were presented clearly and needed to be revealed, I was not as fully engaged in this book as I was in the What is the What. ( )
  Cricket856 | Jan 25, 2016 |
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Het grote probleem van dit boek is tweeslachtigheid. Dat manifesteert zich al in de titel: zo'n half–Nederlandse, half–Engelse en half tussen haakjes gestelde titel doet vreemd aan. Ook de inhoud heeft de air van besluiteloosheid: is dit een roman of een kinderboek? Niemand die het weet. De metaforiek – monsters die allerlei minder prettige menselijke eigenschappen in zich herbergen – is die van een volwassen roman, de ongeloofwaardige opbouw van het verhaal doet aan een belegen kinderboek denken.

In feite is Max (en de Wild Things) een moderne versie van Godfried Bomans' klassieker Erik of het klein insectenboek, vol dieren met menselijke trekjes, een intelligent jongetje dat hen iets bij tracht te brengen en een onduidelijke mengvorm tussen kinderboek en roman voor volwassenen. Maar waar Bomans' boek een afgerond verhaal is, vol van humor, daar is Max (en de Wild Things) vooral leuk voor zover het zich afspeelt in de gewone mensenwereld.
De hype rond Eggers mag dan verdiend zijn, niet alles wat hij aanraakt verandert in goud. Zelfs niet in januari.
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There are seven Wild Things all told, and getting to know them all within a 2-hour film is made easy by the fact that they are so broadly drawn. They have the lively, well-traveled banter of a family, making fun of each other’s quirks and accommodating them at the same time. It helps a lot that they’re cute. But they crowd the story in Eggers’ novel. Their family bickering, which is quick and witty in the film, makes for pages of dialogue in the novel, during which I frequently lost track and who was who. Max’s personal journey starts out as a basic hero’s quest from home to unknown, at which point it breaks down into seven different quests as Max works out his personal issues with each of the Wild Things. If this sounds like pop-psych jargon, it’s because that’s what the weakest parts of the novel remind you of.
My resistance began from the very first sentence. Max is chasing his little white dog down the stairs. In Where The Wild Things Are, the dog is a nameless, terrier-shaped blob rushing anxiously out of frame. In The Wild Things, he's called "Stumpy". Worse than just the name – it's obviously wrong, isn't it? – is that something ethereal and elusive has become so distressingly concrete.
added by PGCM | editThe Guardian, Patrick Ness (Oct 24, 2009)

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Eggers, DaveAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Graham, DionNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Matching Stumpy pant for pant, Max chased his cloud-white dog through the upstairs hallway, down the wooden stairs, and into the cold open foyer.
'I made a surprise for you. Your first royal meal.'

Max could smell something put under his nose. His body shook involuntarily. It was the most potent and wretched smell he had ever encountered. It was like a thousand long-dead fish soaked in gasoline and eggs.
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During a fight at home, young Max flees and runs away into the woods. He finds a boat there, jumps in, and ends up on the open sea, destination unknown. He lands on the island of the Wild Things, and soon he becomes their king. But things get complicated when Max realizes that the Wild Things want as much from him as he wants from them. Based loosely on the storybook by Maurice Sendak and the screenplay co-written with Spike Jonze.… (more)

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