What is worth reading and why? The Ecole Bilingue Middle School Independent Reading blog
Zeitoun -- discussion Day 1In the first lit circle we discussed two recurring topics of the book, racism and change. The change in the book is practically the entire first half. Between the recurring flash backs and the characters internal thoughts the reader is clearly supposed consider the change that Zeitoun went though. Racism is a large theme in reiterated theme in the book, there have been over ten conclusive instances already only up to the page eighty-five. The racism is not only expressed towards Zeitoun but aslo towards his wife Kathy. This is a quote were Kathy is scrutinized in the form of racism. "Take it off, the woman said. Kathy knew that it was her right to wear the scarf for the photo, but she didn't want to make a issue of it." Their are three more scenes in the book were just kathy undergoes racism, and her husband, Zeitoun is a victim of racism multiple times as well.
ZEITOUN -- Dave EdgarsWhy specifically did you choose this book to read?What are you plot and theme predictions about what is going to happen in this book? While searching for a book to read, I was recommended countless books from various authors and themes such as Ray Bradburry's “Fahrenheit 451,” and Markus Zusak's “The Book Theif”. Not being very interested in classics, and that class assigns us books usually classics, I took the liberty of reading a more contemporary book. I ended up with “Zeitoun”, by Dave Eggers. After reading just the first couple pages, I was hooked. Dave Eggers skillfully creates amazing sent dences that convey the most detail in the simplest fashion. His words are addicting, and his story is beautiful. On November 7, 2009 Eggers was awarded with the Courage in Media Award by the American-Islamic Relations Council for his book, as well as many other prizes and award. After Hurricane Katrina flooded the streets of New Orleans, Abdulrahman Zeitoun became a hero. He canoed (first edition cover) through the city, rescuing neighbors and bringing them supplies. His story would became the plot of Dave Egger's “Zeitoun”. Key themes in this book include how constitutional rights give to each and every US citizen are stripped away, and another major them is an Anti-Islam sentiment during a post-9/11 America, which is a reacquiring theme in the story.
I loved this book and totally agree on Egger's amazing writing talent. I also relate on wanting to read more modern books, as sometimes classics can feel dated. I also think this book is so important because many people don't know about discrimination against Muslims/do it themselves, so it is very relevant to our modern world.
After several discussions we decided to discuss several topics that relate to the book, by showing quotes and themes. The three of us have now finished our book and decided to each tell the story in a detailed summary...After we read the story, we looked at some research, to see where the Zeitoun family has gone and it wasn't too good. The parents divorce later on that summer, for Zeitoun attempted "kill" his wife, in which he failed. He then went on trial. He didn’t last in jail for long, but when he got out, he then attempted to murder his own son Zachary, for they supposedly got into a fight. Racism was a big part of Zeitoun, because one of the main reasons he was arrested and put in a sell, was that the police thought thought that he was a member of the Al-Qaeda, for they saw he was a muslim and so were the Al-Qaeda...
MAJOR THEMES - ZEITOUNJean Daniel Le RoyHUMANS AND ANIMALS Zeitoun can't stand leaving someone to die. During the book, Zeitoun saves countless survivors as well as animals. He shows compassion towards animals, using up his supplies to feed the dogs.TWISTING THE TRUTH BY THE MEDIA Kathy and Zeitoun believe that the reports of violence are exaggerated and influenced by racist assumptions about the largely African-American population who stayed behind after the evacuations. Only once in the story does Zeitoun actually see a crime similar to what Kathy hears in the news. The Racist assumptions that Muslim terrorist are all around New Orleans, come from the report that aired after 9/11.CORRUPTED GOVERNMENT AGENCYsPrivate security agencies are sending men to control the wide spread wave of criminals that are in New Orleans, according to the news. Which is completely exaggerated. The American government sends in the national guard, and FEMA starts to arrest innocent U.S. citizens.“A Muslim man came to be suspected by the U.S. Government and, under the president's current powers, U.S. agents were allowed to seize the man from anywhere in the world and bring him anywhere in the world, without ever having to charge him with a crime” -P.255]