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I'm on Amtrak today, on the first of a three-day trip to New Orleans. I checked five books out of the library just before leaving, then pondered and left two of them at home. This morning I started in on Zeitoun, and this evening I finished it. Maybe I should have brought more than three books? (I also listened to many hours of podcasts when I decided the scenery was nice enough that I didn't want to be reading — it turns out train trips are a great way of catch ...more
After finishing the book, I had to push my heart back down my throat. I had mini-nightmares about what I had read. I took a deep breath and made a note of buying a copy for a close friend's upcoming birthday. And, as with all books I love, I searched for online reviews and varying opinions, and stumbled upon the real-life murder charges brought against Zeitoun this past fall:
depicts human rights crises around the world through the stories of the men and women who experience them.
And in Zeitoun we get an intensely personal story cast as a morality play not only about Hurricane Katrina, but 9/11 to boot!
But what to make of a morality play where the protagonist attacks his wife with a tire iron and then gets arrested for three counts of attempted murder? Does oops cut it?
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It will break your heart. it will make you mad as hell all over again with the slimy Bush administration and the excesses which they engaged in. But neither is a reason not to read it.
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The others were Heartbreaking Work and What is the What, and all of them have been about things that are true.
Zeitoun is fuckin' horrifying. It's about a Syrian emigrant to the US who chooses to stay in New Orleans during Katrina due to reasons that make perfect sense. He's equipped to stay, he has properties to watch out for, he's resourceful: he's actually the right guy to stay. He's an asset to t ...more
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And it WAS interesting - interesting, intriguing, shocking and horrifying, by the end. The first half made me rather annoyed with Zeitoun. He seemed to embody my mental image of someone who would stay in a city in the middle of a Category 5 hurricane: arrogant, convinced that the danger ...more
Still, my friends would ask, so what if I hated that ...more
Halfway through this book, not knowing how Zeitoun's story would end, fearing it wouldn't end well, I had to check out his address on Google maps: 4649 Dart St., New Orleans. I knew it was a two story house, of which there aren't many on the street, and I immediately picked out the house with a trailer full of wood planks parked outside. This encouraged me: it must mean that Zeitoun and Kathy, who own a painting and contracting company, still lived there. Zeitoun didn't die a horrible death some ...more
هذا الكتاب عثرت عليه في معرض نون للكتاب المستعمل ولم أكن أتوقع أن يكون في كل هذه الروعة.
الكتاب هو عبارة عن رواية ليست من وحي الخيال... قصة حقيقية حدثت لعبد الرحمن زيتون في أمريكا.
بطل القصة هو عبد الرحمن زيتون سوري الأصل... يقيم في أمريكا في ولاية نيو أورلينز... متزوج من كاثي أمريكية الأصل وإعتنقت الإسلام في فترة صباها.
الكتاب يتكلم عن الإعصار كاترينا الذي ضرب أمريكا في عام 2005.
الكتاب يتحدث عن كمية الأحداث التي حصلت لعائلة زيتون قبل وبعد العاصفة... ...more
This book will be a historic document of New Orleans in the wake of Katrina. We will turn to this book in 50 years to learn what it was really like. Eggers did a smashing job. I would recommend this book to anyone even remotely interested in surviving adversity. Zeitoun and his family are amazing.
When I read non-fiction I ask myself Why in fact I am in the first place. What is the author trying to convey? How does this account relate back t ...more
Eggers is the founder and editor of McSweeney's, an independent publishing house based in San Francisco th ...more