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Zeitoun

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Publisher's Summary

In his new nonfiction book Zeitoun, New York Times best-selling author Dave Eggers tells a Hurricane Katrina story unlike any written before.

When HurricaneKatrina 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 eerie days after the storm, he traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and rescuing those he could. A week later, on September 6, 2005, Zeitoun abruptly disappeared.

Eggers's riveting work, three years in the making, follows Zeitoun back to his childhood in Syria and around the world during his years as a sailor. The book also traces the story of Zeitoun's wife Kathy - a boisterous Southerner who converted to Islam - and their wonderful, funny, devoted family. When Zeitoun vanishes, Kathy is left to make sense of the surreal atmosphere (in New Orleans and the United States generally) in which what happened to Abdulrahman Zeitoun was possible.

©2009 Dave Eggers; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Imagine Charles Dickens, his sentimentality in check but his journalistic eyes wide open, roaming New Orleans after it was buried by Hurricane Katrina ... Eggers's tone is pitch-perfect - suspense blended with just enough information to stoke reader outrage and what is likely to be a typical response: How could this happen in America?" (Timothy Egan, The New York Times)

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    Jonathan 10-11-10
    Jonathan 10-11-10
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    "Brilliant"

    Great story - regardless of your biases or political standings just to read the story gives you a look at how unfair life can be and how the governement can jst mess up sometimes. Great book moves along well and keeps you interetsted

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    Francisco Aravena Santiago, Chile 09-01-10
    Francisco Aravena Santiago, Chile 09-01-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting, inspiring and shocking"

    This is an amazing job by Dave Eggers, sailing the waters of non-fiction by telling the story of this Syrian-American who became a hero for his community and a victim of his adoptive country. Eggers' account is both entertaining and inspiring, deeply moving and ultimately shocking when we see the kind of things he had to endure.
    The narration of Firdous Barnji is simply perfect. Eggers and Barnji know how to tell a true story.

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    Awml 08-29-10
    Awml 08-29-10 Member Since 2002
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    "Much better than expected"

    I'm part of a reading group and this was the voted on title this month. I hesitated on listening but now can't put my iPhone down. Two-thumbs up!!

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    Paul HARRISBURG, PA, United States 06-12-10
    Paul HARRISBURG, PA, United States 06-12-10 Member Since 2008
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    "an eye opener"

    This was a very good book -- hard to believe that what happened to Zeitoun can really happen is this country, natural disaster or not. I didn't love the narrator but the book is well worth a listen.

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    Carol Newfane, VT, USA 03-10-10
    Carol Newfane, VT, USA 03-10-10
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    "Superb"

    Eye-opening, exciting, scary, lovely, engrossing. Dave Eggers ("What is the What?") is a phenomenon. Bamji's narration is also super. He has a very slight accent that gives color to his reading without obscuring it.

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    Pam lakeland, FL, USA 03-01-10
    Pam lakeland, FL, USA 03-01-10 Member Since 2008
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    "a must read for every american"

    This book opened my eyes to what the government is really like. All Americans take note. This could happen to you In my eyes, this man was a hero. I hope he is doing well.

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    Michael Beachwood, OH, USA 01-31-10
    Michael Beachwood, OH, USA 01-31-10
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    "Phenominal"

    I am half way into this book. The author does a great job in getting you sucked into the story and really caring about the characters. I listened to this book based on the rave reviews from fellow listeners. I feel like i lived through this dramatic event with the protagonist. A gifted writer. A talented reader also gives a great layer and depth to the text adding to the enjoyment. 60 minutes will go by at a clip and it feels more like 15. Great job. Post 9-11, this is a great reminder that we were all once foreigners and that we are all Americans, and though most of us did not grow up in Syria, we are all able to identify with the fears and aspirations of the main charachters.

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    Neil Amsterdam, Netherlands 07-05-10
    Neil Amsterdam, Netherlands 07-05-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Split Mind..."

    If you walk into this book expecting a novel, expect to be disappointed. A previous reviewer referred to a lack of 'heroism' -- they might be wrong, in that Zeutoun himself showed a kind of foolhardy heroism -- but he misses the point. If, on the other hand, you would find a deep slice into a period of American life and political history, in what is basically a great piece of JOURNALISM, then you'll be very happy. It does walk the line with being a nonfiction novel sometimes (esp. with Zeitoun's dreams and the flashbacks to his eldest brother) but it lacks the kind of satisfying climax/denoument that novel readers might expect. I, for one, loved this book. It was a compelling look at real people living through two extraordinary tragedies. I with the Zeitouns well, wherever they are, they sound like great people.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Caryl SPRING VALLEY, MN, United States 03-31-10
    Caryl SPRING VALLEY, MN, United States 03-31-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Well written well balanced"

    non fiction story. The narration could have been a lot better, but worked. The ending gave a provided thought excellent thoughts to summarize the events.

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    Jonelle Camp Hill, PA, United States 12-14-12
    Jonelle Camp Hill, PA, United States 12-14-12 Member Since 2008

    A librarian who loves to read, whether in print or in the air

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    "Gripping True Story"

    Zeitoun is our community's One Book, One Community selection, and it's easy to see why it was chosen. It has very interesting characters, a gripping story and it's true - depicting terrible injustices committed by our government against some of the victims of Hurrican Katrina.

    Since the book was selected and promoted for community wide reading and discussion, Zeitoun himself has now found himself charged with attempting to hire others to murder his wife.

    Dave Eggers' book takes care to paint Zeitoun as a man who is very concerned with doing the right thing for others, and doing what God would want him to do as a devout Muslim. Of course, none of that is in keeping with the charges he now faces. Zeitoun was a troubling book that left me with many unanswered questions.

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