Eggers, Dave (Book - 2009 )
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Describes how Abdulrahman Zeitoun remained in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, his subsequent efforts to help other victims, his disappearance a week later, and the effect of these events on his wife Kathy and their children.

Perseus Publishing
When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a prosperous Syrian-American and father of four, chose to stay through the storm to protect his house and contracting business. In the days after the storm, he traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and helping those he could. A week later, on September 6, 2005, Zeitoun abruptly disappeared. Eggers’s riveting nonfiction book, three years in the making, explores Zeitoun’s roots in Syria, his marriage to Kathy ? an American who converted to Islam ? and their children, and the surreal atmosphere (in New Orleans and the United States generally) in which what happened to Abdulrahman Zeitoun was possible. Like What Is the What, Zeitoun was written in close collaboration with its subjects and involved vast research ? in this case, in the United States, Spain, and Syria.

Blackwell North Amer
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, longtime New Orleans residents Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun are cast into an unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind and water. In this startling and deeply humane work of nonfiction, readers will witness our country's worst natural disaster through new eyes, encountering all the hope and contradiction of a unique moment in American history.

Authors: Eggers, Dave
Statement of Responsibility: by Dave Eggers
Title: Zeitoun
Publisher: San Francisco :, McSweeney's Books,, c2009
Characteristics: 351 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
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Report This Jul 07, 2013
  • candle rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Very worthwhile book to read

Report This Jun 22, 2013
  • WVMLBookClubTitles rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

In this compelling story of resilience and survival, Eggers chronicles the harrowing experiences of Syrian American Abdulrahman Zeitoun during Hurricane Katrina. In the aftermath of the storm, Zeitoun spends his days paddling through the streets providing whatever assistance he can to stranded residents. As the city falls into a state of chaos and disorder, the injustices that befall Zeitoun reveal the appalling failures of the American government. A sharply written, powerful and unforgettable story.

Just placed a hold on this book and would rather not have read things in the comments that give the story away. Please be careful what you post!

Report This Oct 14, 2012
  • elinpat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Nail-biting bit of journalism, an account of the New Orleans flood. Great writing.

Report This Jul 03, 2012
  • tauseef365 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A staggering harrowing account of one family's experience dealing with the aftermath of official incompetence and worse in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Moving and unforgettable, I am recommending this book to every book lover I know.

Report This Jun 10, 2012
  • staceykinnear rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A unique account of the events leading up to and immediately following Hurricane Katrina. The narrative is told from the joint perspectives of Zeitoun, a Muslim originally from Syria, and his wife Kathy, a native Louisianan. Together they piece together a harrowing true story of what happened in New Orleans. This is a real page turner that will surprise, shock, and at times warm your heart.

Another unforgettable true story from Eggers. Shocking and heart-breaking, but also a story about that glimmer of human goodness.

Report This Aug 25, 2011
  • Icicle rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Simply one of the best books I've read in decades. Thank you to Mr. Eggers for telling this story.

I've read better books about Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath than this book by Dave Eggers. I loved and treasure Egger's previous book, What is the What, so I was surprised at how disappointed I was in this one. Instead of focusing on Katrina, the book focused on a Syrian man in America named Zeitoun (granted I should've been prepared since Eggers named the book Zeitoun). But instead I was aggravated that out of all the thousands of heart-breaking stories in New Orleans the author picked this very atypical one. I understand and condemn the outrageous injustice perpetrated by the U.S. against Zeitoun but I felt the Katrina story was muddled by all the information about Syrian life, Zeitoun's family history, the Muslim faith and the fear of terrorism. If I'd been expecting that, I probably would've read it with great interest but I was expecting Katrina from beginning to end and that wasn't this book.

Report This Jun 28, 2011
  • PollyPocket3 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Everyone should read this book - Hurricane Katrina as experienced from the perspective of a middle class Muslim family. How could this happen in this day and age in the United States of America? How this family managed to recover and go on is a tribute to their strength, faith and belief in hard work.

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Report This Dec 19, 2010
  • MelissaBee rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An excellent account of the days leading up to and following the devastation of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina as seen through the eyes of a hard working and caring citizen, Abdulrahman Zeitoun. The final third of the book also offers insight into the questionable priorities of FEMA under the direction of Homeland Security as Syrian-American Zeitoun falls into the hands of police and is under suspicion of terrorism. Haunting and unforgettable.


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Report This Jun 10, 2011
  • Undercover_reader rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Dave Eggers on Zeitoun

Whitman College professors discuss Zeitoun

In 2010, the incoming class of freshmen at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, read Zeitoun by Dave Eggers for a common book project.

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