Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

88%

25 Critic Reviews

...Eggers’ careful recording and research into the Zeitouns’ post-Katrina lives preserves their ordeal for a country too bent on forgetting.
-AV Club

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National Bestseller 

A New York Times Notable Book
An O, The Oprah Magazine Terrific Read of the Year
A Huffington Post Best Book of the Year
A New Yorker Favorite Book of the Year
A Chicago Tribune Favorite Nonfiction Book of the Year
A Kansas City Star Best Book of the Year
A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year
An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Decade

The true story of one family, caught between America’s two biggest policy disasters: the war on terror and the response to Hurricane Katrina.
 
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.


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About Dave Eggers

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DAVE EGGERS is the editor of McSweeney's and a cofounder of 826 National, a network of nonprofit writing and tutoring centers for youth, located in seven cities across the United States. He is the author of four books, including What Is the What and How We Are Hungry.
 
Published June 10, 2010 by Vintage. 370 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Law & Philosophy, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Zeitoun
All: 25 | Positive: 22 | Negative: 3

NY Times

Good
Reviewed by TIMOTHY EGAN on Aug 13 2009

...great narrative nonfiction.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Gary Younge on Mar 26 2010

It is a brilliantly crafted, powerfully written and deftly reported...

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Valerie Martin on Mar 20 2010

Zeitoun is an odd book, not beautifully written and not always entirely credible.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by Ted on Sep 07 2009

...the only thing to do is strongly recommend it.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Alison Monroe on Sep 01 2010

...a wide range of emotions; shock, awe, sadness, anger.

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Financial Times

Good
Reviewed by James Urquhart on Feb 28 2011

Eggers packs hefty punches with his account of a city under “something like martial law”, revealing an ugly, unheroic America of violent paranoia and federal incompetence.

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Globe and Mail

Good
Reviewed by Pasha Malla on Aug 01 2009

...a work that makes for compelling reading as well as fulfilling a larger social purpose.

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AV Club

Excellent
Reviewed by Ellen Wernecke on Jul 16 2009

...Eggers’ careful recording and research into the Zeitouns’ post-Katrina lives preserves their ordeal for a country too bent on forgetting.

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Entertainment Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Chris Nashawaty on Jul 15 2009

Eggers' sympathy for Zeitoun is as plain and real as his style...he simply lets the surreal and tragic facts speak for themselves.

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The Telegraph

Below average
Reviewed by Sameer Rahim on Mar 18 2010

Though Eggers is to be applauded for directing his talents into other people’s stories, there is the nagging sense in Zeitoun that Eggers’s good intentions might come at the expense of balanced journalism...Readers are free to ignore such doubts – perhaps present in all non-fiction – and instead be drawn into the gripping story.

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Booklist Online

Good
Reviewed by Keir Graff on Mar 18 2014

...Zeitoun reminds us that we are just as capable of responding to fear fearfully, forgetting the very things we claim to value most. Heartbreaking and haunting.

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The Bookbag

Excellent
on Feb 08 2013

Stylistically, Eggers keeps it simple and book is all the better for it.

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Tampa Bay Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Dan Baum on Aug 23 2009

Zeitoun is a warm, exciting and entirely fresh way of experiencing Hurricane Katrina.

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About.com Bestsellers

Excellent
Reviewed by Mike Sullivan on Feb 08 2013

...something to be read, respected and applauded.

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Patheos

Excellent
on Aug 03 2010

Eggers does a masterful job weaving Zeitoun’s story together to show the multiple dimensions of his experience...

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Patheos

Good
on Sep 23 2009

...a positive and proud example of how the future can be made better.

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Lincoln Journal Star

Good
Reviewed by Micah Mertes on Jul 30 2009

The result feels like a classic, an elemental tale about a good man with a good family who survived the worst natural disaster in American history only to get swept into a nightmare of the inept and intolerant.

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Curious Book Fans

Good
Reviewed by koshkha on Mar 01 2011

In a country with a long history of slavery and abuse of immigrants, ‘Zeitoun’ is the kind of book that a lot of people hoped would never need to be written and many more won’t want to read. ‘Zeitoun’ won Eggers a ‘Courage in Media’ award. I think it was well deserved.

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Red Room

Excellent
on Feb 08 2013

...riveting nonfiction book...

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Socialist Review

Excellent
Reviewed by Alan Kenny on Jun 08 2010

...the sensitive style in which Eggers writes make it a book very worthy of your time.

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Metro

Good
Reviewed by Claire Allfree on Mar 30 2010

Zeitoun is a jaw-dropping critique of an administration so obsessed with counter-terrorist policy it prioritised rounding up innocent people at the expense of providing water, food and housing to a stricken city. Read it and weep.

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Baby Got Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Tim on Jul 13 2009

... a compelling true story that reads like great fiction.

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BookTrust

Excellent
on Feb 08 2013

...honesty, clarity and no pretension, a real work of art.

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Critical Mob

Above average
Reviewed by Damian Denburgh on Feb 08 2013

Though the story in itself is gut-wrenching, Eggers occasionally goes too far in asserting his authorial position...adding a blandly optimistic, uplifting tone at the end that feels inorganic and shallow.

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The Blurb

Excellent
on Feb 08 2013

The clearness of the prose, the concealed art, makes for a suspense more intense than a thriller.

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