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Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
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May 05, 2012

really liked it
Read in May, 2012

It is easy enough to tell ourselves "Never forget." I do it all the time when I think of my beloved New York and when I write about 9/11/01, but the fact remains that it is all too easy to forget those events that did not impact us directly. Dave Eggers has ensured that, at least for readers of this book, we must remember not only Katrina, but the post-9/11 witch hunting. While the narrative could be tightened, ultimately, this book is effective because of the writer's compassion and the enduring, true patriotism (not simply words, but deeds) of the title character. Eggers allows the reader to face a shameful moment in our recent history by telling it through the lens of a family that endured travesties with grace.
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