Zeitoun

Zeitoun

eBook - 2010
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A riveting account of Hurricane Katrina and a shocking tale of wrongful arrest and racism, Zeitoun is the true story of one Syrian-American, plucked from his home and accused of terrorism, written by one of America's most high-profile literary writers, now available for the first time in paperback from Vintage Canada.

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 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 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.
Publisher: [Toronto] :, Vintage Canada,, 2010
ISBN: 9780307399076
0307399079
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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laurengail Apr 24, 2017

Adult Lit Kit - 2009

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nsystems
Nov 20, 2015

After Hurricane Katrina, Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a Syrian-American contractor, stayed in New Orleans to protect his property. He used a canoe to rescue people, and he fed stranded dogs. But he was arrested and accused of being a member of Al Qaeda because of his appearance.
This is an important and very well-written story.

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 20, 2014

Brilliant! Eggers once again delivers a combination of memoir, journalistic expose, and novelistic saga to tell the story of a remarkable man who falls into a Kafka-like maze of malicious intent and bureaucratic fumbling.

SLS71 Jun 30, 2014

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.

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duffh
Jun 12, 2014

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.

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candle
Jul 07, 2013

Very worthwhile book to read

WVMLBookClubTitles Jun 22, 2013

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.

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kayfoleykay
Apr 23, 2013

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!

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mslongjr
Jan 21, 2013

This is a wonderful book, possibly even a classic. It deserves to share a shelf with Huckleberry Finn and Catch-22.

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elinpat
Oct 14, 2012

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

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Dec 18, 2010

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MelissaBee
Dec 18, 2010

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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