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The Wild Things (2009)

by Dave Eggers

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I know many people loved this book, but I found it to be slow and repetitive. While the story of an Islamic family during Katrina was compelling and may help with see the world from that point of view, I feel a quarter of the book could have been cut.
I also have read somethings that have happened to the Zeitoun family since the book was published and this may have clouded my thinking of the story. So do not research the family prior to finishing the book. ( )
  MicrobeMom | Mar 23, 2018 |
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  rosechimera | Mar 16, 2018 |
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  rosechimera | Mar 16, 2018 |
Eggers wrote this book using the same process he used to write _What is the What_, doing meticulous research, including hundreds of hours of interviews, and attempting to reconstruct the experiences of the characters in something like their own voices. It's a gutwrenching, often terrifying account of post-Katrina New Orleans and post-9/11 America. ( )
  jalbacutler | Jan 10, 2017 |
Quickly paced tome offers an incredible first-person view of the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans through the life of its titular character, Abdulrahman Zeitoun. The explorations Zeitoun embarks on in the flooded New Orleans as described are a surreal experience and his daily missions to aid those in need make for interesting reading. The book takes a disturbing turn once Zeitoun is wrongfully arrested and what follows is a dark Kafkaesque story that I dare anyone to read and not simmer with anger after having finished. Much like the story in City on Fire by Bill Minutaglio, author Dave Eggers recounts a story where common human decency gives way to a methodical system of dehumanization. Both stories feature a cataclysmic event on US soil where government systems and bureaucracies set up to help people instead commit miserable failures, and worse still, refuse to take responsibility for them. This book is an eyeopening read. ( )
  Humberto.Ferre | Sep 28, 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.
added by PGCM | edit8weekly site, Frank Heinen (Feb 10, 2010)
 
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
Sumpter, RachelDesignersecondary 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.
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'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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