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Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
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Jun 20, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 2010-reads, non-fiction
Recommended to Chris by: NPR-"On Point"
Read in June, 2010

This book had so many zigs and zags I was not expecting. I heard Zeitoun and Eggers interviewed last summer, that's how long this has been sitting on my "to read" pile. While I was outraged and sat on the edge of my seat reading this ("What's going to happen next?), I found Eggers too involved in the story; I could feel his anger and injustice surrounding the event. And he was so dramatic with the narrative. When I read non-fiction, which is rare but nonetheless, as a rule I prefer the writer to take a back seat to the events and to be an innocent narrator. Some writers can pull off being involved--Eggers can't. That said, I was thoroughly wrapped up in this story and felt many a time like his wife, Kathy, and wanted to yell, "Get the heck out of New Orleans!" Especially after the mandatory evacuation, I was frustrated with his stubbornness, yet I reluctantly understood it as well.

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Reading Progress

06/16/2010 page 104
06/18/2010 page 233
68.0% "Not sure how I feel about Eggers's writing. Something about it I find incredibly annoying." 1 comment
06/18/2010 page 273
80.0% "I am so incredibly outrage at our country...."

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