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Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
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Apr 21, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: books-i-ve-read-in-2011
Read in April, 2011

Book #6 (2011) I would rate 4.5. I liked this book a lot --- it differs from his first book (Heartbreak Genius of A Staggering Mind) by being more simply written --- very straightforward book about New Orleans flood effects on one family ---- a Syrian family (islamic) and the husband stays behind while he sends his kids and wife up north. While staying, he discovers that since he has a boat, he can save people (elderly, dogs, etc.) . One time while doing that he gets picked up along with 3 other friends and is incarcerated for looting (the national guards can't tell the good guys from the bad, so they treat everyone like bad guys. The jail they put them in is like a cage with little food and room and there is no where to go to the bathroom. He finally gets out with help from his wife and a lawyer friend. I liked that the tragedy was affecting just one family in the book, so it was therefore more powerful!

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