- Also check our best rated Biography reviews
Zeitoun Paperback – 24 Feb 2011
|New from||Used from|
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Eggers uses Zeitoun's eyes to report on America's reasonless post-Katrina world. Reminiscent of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's documentaries, this is a true story told with the skills of a master of fiction. Immensely readable (Independent)
Masterly. Brilliantly crafted, powerfully written and deftly reported (Guardian)
The shocking tale of a true New Orleans hero. This is narrative non-fiction at its very, very best (Herald)
Shocking (The Times)
Extraordinary, gripping (Daily Telegraph)
Riveting (Vanity Fair)
About the Author
Dave Eggers is the author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, You Shall Know Our Velocity, The Unforbidden Is Compulsory, How We Are Hungry, Short Short Stories, Teachers Have It Easy, Surviving Justice, What Is the What, How the Water Feels to the Fishes, The Wild Things, Zeitoun, A Hologram for the King, The Circle, Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? and Heroes of the Frontier. A Hologram for the King and The Circle have both been adapted into major feature films. His next book, The Monk of Mokha, will be published by Hamish Hamilton in 2018.
Dave Eggers is the founder of McSweeney's independent publishing house, the 826 National network, and the nonprofit organisation ScholarMatch. He lives in Northern California with his family.
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
On the other hand what is 100% is the disaster that happened in New Orleans and th shameful way America and his government handled this. Reading this took me back to a corrupt 3th world country, realizing in shock that no, this happened in one of the most civilized and richest countries in the world. How can government fail in such a disgraceful way? Let's hope that they learnt about it and after the Houston and Florida storms recently luckily we did not hear such reports yet, besides some loothing but I guess extreme conditions can bring the best but also the worst in human.
A book that makes you think, that's for sure...
I have subsequently read in addition the tragically hysterical "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" which was superb and will be guided by other Amazon readers on Mr Eggers other works? But let me add that "Zeitoun" is as far away from Eggers frantic debut as possible not only in the way the book is constructed but the style and sheer power of the writing.
This is a non fiction account of Abdulrahman Zeitoun an immigrant from Syria and his wife Kathy who in 2005 owned a successful house-painting business in New Orleans. When Katrina hits Abdulrahman stays behind to watch out for his property. Eggers was not present at the disaster but has essentially ghost written this book for the Zeitoun's. And what a story it is. There are no great rants against Bush or the incompetent New Orleans authorities. Eggers doesn't need to do this since the facts as presented are the most massive indictment in their own right and speak for themselves.
Without giving away the story what compounds this Kafka style nightmare for Abdulrahman Zeitoun is his Arab and Muslim heritage and the continuing rolling paranoia which still rumbled on from the aftermath of Al Qaeda's savage attack on the twin towers. Add to this dark lens an exotic but poor city which prior to the floods had a byzantine range of problems and as the Levee's break these spew out into the city. New Orleans then finds itself on the verge of collapse, extreme violence and break down. Cast your mind back to 2005 and the terrible, sinister and tragic atmosphere in the New Orleans Superdome, the wild rumormongering of Mayor Ray Nagin and the spectacle of a largely poor black community "left behind" .
Within the totality of this toxic mix Abdulrahman Zeitoun is a thoroughly decent human being who performed in his own way a range of little miracles. Those of you who have travelled the US will know the dangers of finding yourself caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Zeitoun unfortunately experienced this in spades and Eggers charts this and the response of his wonderful family who had fled the city with pristine clarity and an emotional punch so hard it knocks you off your feet. He doesn't resort to hyperbole but in simple sentences his description of a city that "smelled dirtier every day, a wretched mélange of fish and mud and chemicals." or the constant helicopters making a "vibrating sky" he conveys vivid images. The great director Jonathan Demme is said to be making a film of Zeitoun, if it captures just a small portion of the emotional force of this book it will be a classic
The book is about Zeitoun, a Syrian born American and his experience in New Orleans at the time of hurricane Katrina. It takes the American dream (a hard working immigrant with a supportive and loving family doing well in the US) and then shows us just how badly a country can treat its own people when things go wrong. And the levels of just how wrong things got are almost unbelievable.
As Katrina approaches New Orleans, Zeitoun evacuates his family but decides to stay to look after his property and business. As the floods come he finds himself in a canoe, paddling around the city helping rescue people, feeding abandoned pets and distributing food and water. Just the sort of person you would want as a neighbour or to help in a crisis.
After a few days things take an ugly turn when Zeitoun, along with three friends, is arrested for looting his own house and his own property. Put into a temporary prison, allowed little food, no external contact or legal representation Zeitoun is swept up in the paranoia and administrative mess that was post Katrina New Orleans. He and other innocent individuals were all held for considerable periods of time before being released with no charges, and the tales of what was done are horrific, the elderly diabetic lady locked up for getting food from her own car, people arrested and having all their money 'vanish' during their processing, all incredible. Because Zeitoun was dark skinned and a Muslim, he was treated with suspicion and disrespect because there were fears that 'terrorists might use the chaos of Katrina to cause additional trouble'.
Here in the UK we saw much of the footage, but the dark underbelly of what happened during Katrina is exposed here, and it is a tale that will have your jaw dropping in disbelief. How a country such as the US could get all this so very wrong and to fail to admit to its mistakes shows just how thin a veneer society and civilisation really is.
This experience has had a profound impact on Zeitoun and his wife is obviously still suffering from PTSD. I hope things turn around for them, they receive compensation for the way they were treated and those held accountable get what they deserve too.
Delighted to see that the profits from this book go to a range of charities, but once you come to know Zeitoun through this book, you would expect nothing less.
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Most recent customer reviews
I'd sue the very life out of them!!!!