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Zeitoun

by EliKenPow
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Language Arts
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Zeitoun

Characters-Abdulrahman Zeitoun, usually just called Zeitoun (pronouced Zay-toon)-Kathy: Zeitoun's wife-Nademah. Aisha, and Sophia: the couple's children (Kathy also has teenage son Zachary from an earlier marriage)-Ahmad: one of Zeitoun's brothers, lives in Spain but communicates frequently with the family-Nasser, Ronnie, and Todd: other New Orleans men that Zeitoun meets after the storm

ZEITOUNby Dave Eggers

Zeitoun, a Syrian-born Muslim, lives with his family in New Orleans and runs a successful contracting business. He is well-known and well-trusted throughout the city. When a major hurricane, named Katrina, is approaching the city, Zeitoun, thinking it will be "just like all the others," isn't worried. The family leaves, but Zeitoun stays to take care of the house. He makes it through the hurricane without too much trouble, but the city is flooded with, in many places, almost ten feet of water. Zeitoun hauls out the family canoe and paddles around the city, talking with other un-evacuated residents and even making a couple rescues. He calls his wife and kids every day and, although the media is reporting wide-spread looting and violence in the city, he has only encountered looters once or twice and feels totally safe. One day, though, his wife looses contact with him. He hasn't called for days. What could have happened to him?

My Rating: 8/10This book, a true story, is unique and exciting, although some parts are heart-breaking and hard to read.

Golden LinesEggers didn't use too many fancy words or complicated sentences, but there was still plenty of well-written imagery and figurative language.

"The sky was a child's fingerpainting, blue and black hastily mixed" (pg. 72)

"Fronted by a lush lawn and palm trees, the Union Passenger Terminal had opened in 1954, an art deco-style building once aspiring to grandness but since overtaken by a certain grey municipal malaise. There was a whimsical candy-colored sculpture on the lawn that looked like a bunch of child's toys glued together without reason or order. A few blocks beyond, the Superdome loomed." (page 210)

Zeitoun and Kathy are lucky to be able to talk by phone after the storm, but Kathy becomes frantic when he stops calling

There's a lot of crime after the storm, and the police are suspicious of anyone they find.


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