“It was an interesting look at New Orleans after Katrina and I would've rated it higher, but i'm disillusioned by Zeitoun's subsequent arrests and history of domestic abuse.”Carol M wrote this review 5 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I actually really liked this book, despite other people's opinions. ”Gina Marzo wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“11/14-11/17, sppl ebook, sad NoLA Katrina story”Ann B wrote this review Monday, November 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Eggers might be my favorite writer. A fast paced non fiction account (reads like a novel) of a Syrian immigrant's American success story in New Orleans. When Katrina hits, Zeitoun, who stayed behind rather than evacuate is ultimately arrested for no real reason. He is held in a makeshift prison, where justice is more third world than American. Searing indictment on Justice, racism, and a vivid portrayal of what the city was like during Katrina. Recommended. ”irwin l wrote this review Sunday, November 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I was super bored with this. Quit 100 pages in...”Georgia wrote this review Monday, October 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The story Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers, is focused on a family undergoing the times of Hurricane Katrina and 9/11. During these difficult periods, the family experiences fear, wrong accusation, and separation from each other. The main protagonist of the story is named Abdulrahman Zeitoun (although everyone calls him simply “Zeitoun”) who runs a house painting company with his wife, Kathy. The family, which consists of three children and a husband and wife, are hard working and live an average life. Kathy and the children move out of town when they first take notice of the hurricane. Zeitoun, however, stays behind to watch over the house. The aftermath of the hurricane was much worse than they expected, and Zeitoun, with his canoe, paddles around his contaminated, water-filled neighborhood in search of other survivors. This opens one of the most immense conflicts of the story. The plot thickens when Zeitoun and his friends, whom he rescued, are accused of being Al-Queda by the authorities and are arrested. They resided in a makeshift prison temporarily, and then transferred into one that was more official. Kathy, who resided in another part of the U.S, worries about her husband’s lack of calls and tries desperately to find him with the help of her friends and Zeitoun’s relatives. Although these conflicts are at large, the Zeitoun family tries without giving up to resist these problems and reuniting once again.
The story is especially important to me because it represents people, a family, who are suffering from the worst times in American history. 9/11 came recently, America was at the brink of war, and Hurricane Katrina destroyed a myriad number of homes and lives. Even then, however, the family manages to withstand these conflicts. This book tells about, in society at large, how judgmental it can be to certain kinds of people who have wronged them, for example, showing prejudice to a person with a certain religion. People with the same race of the Al Queda were shown great prejudice in the book, not even given permission to say their defense, innocent or not. These people can be extremely cruel, and judgmental, yet they also make and learn from mistakes that way. To these people, some of us feel no remorse to their “guilt” and we treat them like animals. The book additionally emphasizes that despite what society does to you, we should be people of Zeitoun’s personality: resistant and confident.
“Interesting story.”Stephen L. Thomas wrote this review Saturday, September 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“AMAZON review: Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun run a house-painting business in New Orleans. In August of 2005, as Hurricane Katrina approaches, Kathy evacuates with their four young children, leaving Zeitoun to watch over the business. In the days following the storm he travels the city by canoe, feeding abandoned animals and helping elderly neighbors. Then, on September 6th, police officers armed with M-16s arrest Zeitoun in his home. Told with eloquence and compassion, Zeitoun is a riveting account of one family’s unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind and water.
Read for book discussion group - excellent.”
“Amazing storytelling, unique perspective - that of a Muslim family in Katrina NOLA - and heartbreaking truths about the systemic racism and intolerable cruelty of US law enforcement and federal government agencies. ”ShelfQueen wrote this review Saturday, August 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“(Joyce's NF Book Discussion) Well-written and eye opening about the incompetence of FEMA and bureaucracy after Hurricane Katrina. It is sad to know that Zeitoun is now in jail for beating his wife and trying to have her and her son killed. This really changes my opinion of this so called "hero" and "good man."”Gail B wrote this review Friday, July 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No