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Zeitoun

Eggers, Dave (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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 the days after the storm, Abdulrahman 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--arrested and accused of being an agent of al Qaeda.
Authors: Eggers, Dave
Title: Zeitoun
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2010
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed
Characteristics: xv, 337 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Dave Eggers
Notes: Originally published: San Francisco : McSweeney's Books, 2009
American Book Award winner
Summary: 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 the days after the storm, Abdulrahman 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--arrested and accused of being an agent of al Qaeda.
ISBN: 9780307387943
0307387941
Branch Call Number: 976.335064 E29z 2010
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 333-334)
Subject Headings: Zeitoun, Abdulrahman, 1957- Zeitoun, Kathy New Orleans (La.) Biography Disaster victims Louisiana New Orleans Biography Arab Americans Louisiana New Orleans Biography Hurricane Katrina, 2005 Social aspects Louisiana New Orleans Arab Americans Louisiana New Orleans Social conditions
Topical Term: Disaster victims
Arab Americans
Hurricane Katrina, 2005
Arab Americans
LCCN: 2010000757
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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 the days after the storm, Abdulrahman traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and helping thos... Read More »


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Jun 30, 2014
  • SLS71 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I liked the book until I looked up what is happening with the Zeitoun family today. I guess it goes to show you never really know what goes on behind closed doors. But reading about Zeitoun now has soured me on the book.

Jun 12, 2014
  • duffh rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

What happens when the country running Guantanamo Bay detention centre has to cope with the Hurricane Katrina crisis in multicultural New Orleans? I thought I'd heard most of the stories, but not this one. Eggers makes a good effort to get many sides of the story, and make one care about the central family. Perhaps less time could have been spent on the principal character's childhood, but that's a minor quibble.

Jul 07, 2013
  • candle rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Very worthwhile book to read

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Dec 18, 2010
  • MelissaBee rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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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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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