Zeitoun Commentary

Topics: Dave Eggers, Bismuth-209, McSweeney's Pages: 5 (1434 words) Published: September 22, 2013

15 CD/CM on Zeitoun

“All the news was terrible, and when Kathy saw the picture of the family of five she was ready to turn it off. She was sure they were gone, and she would obsess over this family for weeks, thinking about all their relatives gathering for the reunion, now forced to mourn the loss of so many at once – but then Kathy realized that the family was not lost.” (Eggers 49)

CM: Kathy, a family oriented mother, could not stand the thought of a family with children being lost in a storm. This, along with the news that there was a very serious storm heading toward her and her family , seemed to make her very nervous. I believe that part of the reason Kathy left New Orleans is because of what had happened to the family of five.

“He [the preacher] chastised the congregation calmly at first, and then with increasing annoyance. Did they not love this church? Did they not appreciate the connection this church created with they lord Jesus Christ? He went on and on, shaming the congregants for their miserly ways. The lecture lasted twenty minutes.” (Eggers 63)

CM: I thought this quote was very interesting. It shows the greed that some people have even in the most religious circumstances. I feel that this also related to what happened to Zeitoun later in the book because it portrays how people abuse their power.

“Something about that canoe intrigued him. It was well-made, undamaged, with a pair of wooden benches inside. It was about sixteen feet long, built for two people. It seemed to speak of exploration, of escape.” (Eggers 73)

CM: Zeitoun, since he was a young boy, has always been curious. This curiosity ultimately lead to his downfall at Greyhound and Hunt. If he had listened to his wife and thought rationally about the consequences, his life would have a whole different meaning to him now.

“She’d never seen anything like it. The place had been bought out, the shelves nearly bare. It looked like the end of the world.” (Eggers 74)

CM: This quote helped me imagine what is really must have been like. In my mind, I would have imagined it looking like the end of the world, but actually reading the words and imagery of the store made the situation seem so much more real that it had been to me.

“He paddled around them and looked back to the house. No great damage to the exterior. Some shingles missing from the roof. The windows broken. A gutter that would need remounting. Nothing too bad, three days’ work.” (Eggers 75)

CM: Even after the storm, with all the damage that had been done, Zeitoun believes all will be fine within a few days. His attitude toward the destruction of this hometown seemed too calm.

“But the fan boat did not stop. It swung around the canoe holding Zeitoun and Frank, not even slowing down, and continued down Claiborne. The men aboard the fan boat barely glanced at them.” (Eggers 101)

CM: When I read this, I thought it was rather strange. Why would military officials see people that need help and go right by them as if they weren’t there? I would have thought that’s the reason they would be there, to assist people in getting out safely. Later, I realized this part of the book was actually foreshadowing why the military was really there.

“As she puts weight on the ladder, Zeitoun positioned his shoulders under it and pushed up. The motion was akin to a shoulder-press machine he’d once used at a gym. He straightened the legs, and as he did, the ladder rose from the water until he saw light breaking the surface, until he felt the air on his face and was finally able to exhale.” (Eggers 103)

CM: Zeitoun is a very smart man willing to put himself in a life threatening situation for the benefit of others. Of all his rescues, I believe this one was the most dangerous. And, he does it all for people he will never again see in his life. I thought that was incredible.

“When he saw it, Zeitoun laughed, amazed. There he was, with all four kids. Nademah was just...
Continue Reading

Please join StudyMode to read the full document

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Zeitoun Research Paper
  • zeitoun Essay
  • Zeitoun Essay
  • Zeitoun Essay
  • Zeitoun Essay
  • Zeitoun Essay
  • Zeitoun Essay
  • Zeitoun Analysis Essay

Become a StudyMode Member

Sign Up - It's Free