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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple Story, Simply Told, Simply Horrifying, August 11, 2009
This review is from: Zeitoun (Hardcover)
First off, Zeitoun painted my house about 8 years ago so maybe I'm a little bit biased. I also think Dave Eggers is a great writer (doubly biased, perhaps). This story needs to be told to a large audience and Mr. Eggers is just the person to tell it. Maybe we can knock Eggers for the simplistic style he chose to write this book. On the other hand, this story frankly didn't need much artistic enhancement. It is shocking on its own accord and told in a very straightforward manner. Appropriate for the material, I believe.

Every American NEEDS to read this book. What we find in it is an America that lost its core. It is truly shocking that no matter how bad things were in New Orleans immediately following Katrina (most reporting was inaccurate and sensationalized), we are still Americans with common beliefs in our system of rights. That these rights were tossed out the window is appalling.

Mr. Zeitoun is a kind and gentle man. His signs are ubiquitous in New Orleans and he is a stranger to no one and well liked by all who have met him. That he could be mistreated is a crime and an outrage. That others were rounded up and treated even worse is one of the worst black eyes on our country. As I read this book I just kept saying out loud over and over again, "This cannot be America."
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Initial post: Nov 30, 2009 6:39:38 AM PST
Dash Doer says:
"artistic enhancement" usually means "cluttered writing." hemmingway, salter, carver, mccarthy, o'nan- these guys are masters and are so greatly because they let the words breathe. Over-description, run-on sentences and too many modifiers can kill a book like kudzu kills forests. Eggers nailed it in this this regard. when you look at how purple and verbose (though good for the nature of that particular book) hearbreaking work of staggering genius was compared to this, it's no small feat that he has reigned in his style over the years. it's the sign of a maturing writer. he is the better writer for it.

Posted on Nov 30, 2009 6:39:59 AM PST
Dash Doer says:
"artistic enhancement" usually means "cluttered writing." hemmingway, salter, carver, mccarthy, o'nan- these guys are masters and are so greatly because they let the words breathe. Over-description, run-on sentences and too many modifiers can kill a book like kudzu kills forests. Eggers nailed it in this this regard. when you look at how purple and verbose (though good for the nature of that particular book) hearbreaking work of staggering genius was compared to this, it's no small feat that he has reigned in his style over the years. it's the sign of a maturing writer. he is the better writer for it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2009 6:20:32 AM PST
annielaurie says:
Not to nitpick here, but if you're trying to imply that he has simplified his style, then he has actually 'reined' it in.

Posted on Jan 20, 2010 7:25:05 PM PST
I think your headline is the perfect blurb for the book cover. You sum it up succinctly.

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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 22, 2010 1:26:05 PM PST
Do you care to expand on that, Evangeline? For those of us who don't live in New Orleans?

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Posted on Jun 17, 2012 6:18:34 PM PDT
Excellent review by one who actually know Zeitoun. This book was not only riveting, unusual but, even more than the hurricane, Fema's thugs and Nazi tactics scared the life out of me and make me wonder what, when and who ever changed America to this extent. What a nightmare to be caught up in. And no one can sue the Government!
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