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Offline shnozzola

Zeitoun
« on: August 27, 2012, 08:24:42 AM »
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Zeitoun is a nonfiction book written by Dave Eggers and published by McSweeney's in 2009. It tells the story of Abdulrahman Zeitoun, the Syrian-American owner of a painting and contracting company in New Orleans who chose to ride out Hurricane Katrina in his Uptown home. After the storm he traveled the flooded city in a secondhand canoe rescuing neighbors, caring for abandoned pets and distributing fresh water. Soon after the storm, Zeitoun was arrested without reason or explanation at one of his rental houses by a mixed group of National Guardsmen and local police. He was not immediately charged with a crime but was imprisoned for 23 days without having stood trial. During that time he was accused of terrorist activity presumably because of his ethnicity, was treated inhumanely, and was refused medical attention and the use of a phone to alert his family. His wife and daughters, staying with friends far away from the city, only knew that he had seemingly disappeared from the face of the earth.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/16/books/review/Egan-t.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all
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Re: Zeitoun
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2012, 08:51:07 AM »
And?

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A god is like a rock: it does absolutely nothing until someone or something forces it to do something. The only capability the rock has is doing nothing until another force compels it physically to move.

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Re: Zeitoun
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2012, 01:19:38 PM »
Sorry I didn't get back, Nam.  It is good so far.  I have a long way to go.  Zeitoun just sent his family to Baton Rouge.
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There seemed to be a half-dozen named storms every August, and they were rarely worth the trouble,  This one, named Katrina, would be no different.
However, Zeitoon considers himself a very strict Muslim, so that may be a factor for those considering the book.
“The best thing for being sad," replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, "is to learn something."  ~ T. H. White
  The real holy trinity:  onion, celery, and bell pepper ~  all Cajun Chefs