I was awed and horrified by this book, following a New Orleander who stayed put after Hurricane Katrina. What starts off as a tale of heroism (he feeds abandoned dogs, rescues the stranded elderly and infirm, and looks out for the properties of friends and coworkers) turns into a terrifying story of discrimination, wrongful imprisonment, and family turmoil. Like "Five Days at Memorial," a book that chronicles the daily workings of a New Orleans hospital after the storm, this offers a glimpse into the post-disaster existence of a Syrian American who wanted nothing more than to minimize his losses and help his community. The racism and deplorable treatment he confronted as a result made me truly disgusted. Every disaster produces chaos and some disintegration of law and order for a time, but Zeitoun's story hit me hard as a chronicle of complete disarray, incompetence, and ignorance in official personnel who are supposed to be helping.
This really works in the audio format. I consider this one of the great descriptions of the flaws in the American system of justice and how despicable and insensitive we can be to each other, based on the multiple levels of tragedy associated with Hurricane Katrina.
Abdulrahman Zeitoun chose to stay in New Orleans after Hurrican Katrina and ended up jailed in a make-shift prison for nearly one month. He was not awarded a phone call, read his rights or even told what crime he had committed. With intelligence and grace, Dave Eggers tells the story of the Zeitouns and how they managed to cope and survive the unspeakable.
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