Dave Eggers has written a riveting novel about one man’s experience during Hurricane Katrina that needed to be told. Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a Syrian by birth, traveled the world early in his life, but choose New Orleans as the city to settle in, marry and raise a family. He experienced the nearly annual hurricane predictions and resultant weather for years as he kept his construction company expanding and growing. Every time hurricane warnings sent multitudes fleeing, Zeitoun choose to stay and protect his business and others homes. Katrina was no exception.
The story that Dave Eggers relates is not just a sad, deluge story. It is the story of a total breakdown of society and the imprisonment of an innocent man. By writing this book, Zeitoun, hopefully a future disaster such as Katrina will be handled with more humanity.