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Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
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Apr 03, 2011

really liked it
Read in January, 2011

I should have seen it coming.

With Dave Eggers's compassionate and searing "What is the What", imprinted in my consciousness forever, I should have realized that "Zeitoun" was going to be more than just a story about a doggedly determined, brave and proud business owner choosing to stay in New Orleans after the mandatory evacuation during Hurricane Katrina. But I didn't, and shame on me.

The eponymous hero of this book, who is the very embodiment of all we profess
to be as Americans, is taken to a new, wholly man-made level of darkness that makes the horrors of a natural disaster pale by comparison.

I can see why this has gone to paperback and is a highly popular book group selection. I would relish the chance to discuss it with my caring and intelligent friends. While the writing is pretty pedestrian, the information makes for a compelling, eye-opening read. And, as is his wont, Eggers once again uses a case of true injustice as a springboard to set the record straight, to enlighten us, and to develop the means for himself, and for all
of us, to rectify the wrongs we see in the world.
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Rose-Marie I will be downloading this as soon as I have sent this comment RM

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