Zeitoun (Paperback)

Author: Eggers, Dave

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by Kudo on 12/14/2011

This book was an incredible read. It was assigned for one of my classes in college and had great discussions every week about this book. Lots of topics are introduced like racism and prejudice which is a good thing to have an open conversation about. Read More

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Documents the story of a long-time New Orleans resident who was forced to stay behind during Hurricane Katrina while the rest of his family evacuated, describing how he spent days after the storm traveling by canoe to feed abandoned animals before he was inexplicably arrested. Reprint. *Author: Eggers, Dave *Publication Date: 2010/06/15 *Number of Pages: 337 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.25

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780307387943
SKU 212323739
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0307387941
Release Date 6/15/2010
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Author Info
Dave Eggers
Dave Eggers, along with Rick Moody and David Foster Wallace, is considered one of the most influential and dazzling postmodern writers of the early 21st century. He is known for his brainy sense of humor, his pop-culture references, and his extensive use of appendices, lists, charts, and other miscellanea. Eggers exploded into the literary world with the publication of A HEARTBREAKING WORK OF STAGGERING GENIUS (2000), a semi-fictionalized memoir about the death of his parents and his founding of a magazine in San Francisco while taking care of his younger brother. Hailed as a postmodern CATCHER IN THE RYE, it became an instant bestseller with young, savvy readers, and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Since his smash debut Eggers has built an impressive literary empire out of his wry, hipper-than-thou, metafictional aesthetic. His literary journal, McSweeney's, has grown from a humble black-and-white publication to a polymorphic extravaganza, featuring peerless design and the fiction of the most irreverent and inventive writers of the generation. McSweeney's has also become a prolific independent publisher, publishing the book-review magazine THE BELIEVER as well as work by such idiosyncratic writers and literary darlings as Lydia Davis, Lawrence Weschler, Nick Hornby, and George Saunders. Eggers also edits and helped found THE BEST AMERICAN NONREQUIRED READING series, a testament to his stature in the world of unorthodox and experimental writing. Since AHWOSG (as he refers to his first novel), Eggers has published two novels and a collection of short stories, though none of them have achieved the same meteoric success. He is married to the writer Vendela Vida, and lives in San Francisco.
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Editors Note Documents the story of a long-time New Orleans resident who was forced to stay behind during Hurricane Katrina while the rest of his family evacuated, describing how he spent days after the storm traveling by canoe to feed abandoned animals before he was inexplicably arrested. Reprint.
Annotation Dave Eggers returns to his journalistic roots with this nonfiction account of one family's surreal experiences in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Abdulrahman Zeitoun is a Syrian immigrant who seems to epitomize the American dream. In 2005, he was running his own successful business while raising four children with his wife, Kathy, an American who converted to Islam. When Katrina hit, Zeitoun's home and business sustained serious damage, but they were salvageable, and he chose to remain in the city to protect them. He found himself paddling a canoe through the eerie silence of the flooded streets of the city, lending a hand to various people in need whenever possible. Then, he vanished. ||Eggers spent three years researching these events and working closely with the Zeitoun family to understand what happened, and the disturbing details of story he uncovered illustrate the atmosphere of fear which pervaded the Big Easy in the wake of the disaster. He uses Zeitoun's experience to brilliantly illuminate how the most pertinent issues of our time--xenophobia, terrorism, the flawed justice system, and FEMA's abysmal response to Katrina--are mere branches protruding from a trunk of distrust between the American government and the citizens of the world. Selected by the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of 2009.
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Number of Pages 0337
Publisher Vintage Books USA

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