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Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
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Jun 23, 2011

it was ok
Read in July, 2011

In defense of the author, I have been reading extensively this summer and have read some very well written novels. So he had big shoes to fill. I did not like this book at all. The story it tells is frustrating and disturbing, but could be adequately described in five minutes. The author's attempt to weave in several backstories, including one about the main character's brother being a star athlete and the lengthy explanation of his wife's conversion to Islam, did nothing to further the story and read like filler and a thinly veiled attempt to educate the reader who is assumed to be ignorant about Islam. I thought it was juvenile. I read it out of an interest to learn what it was like to be in New Orleans following Katrina, but very little of the novel paints that picture. The horrible treatment Zeitoun experienced at the hands of our government is a story that should be told, but it should have been told better than this. Disappointing.

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