Friday, September 25, 2009
Thanks for Zeitoun, Mr. Eggers
I finished Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers, during my trip to New York this week.
I was on a plane from JFK to Memphis as I read the last 50 pages. I couldn't swallow, such was the lump in my throat.
I think it would be a striking read for anyone. For New Orleanians--at least for this one--it is downright overwhelming.
Eggers gets the city right; he captures feelings and scenes that we all experienced.
On top of that, though, Abdulrahman Zeitoun's story is one that most of us couldn't imagine would happen, I think. Having read the story, I now feel stupid for thinking that this wouldn't happen. It seems obvious now that it would happen, given the country we've created for ourselves.