In the first couple of days, his decision to stay behind seems a good one, and even after the levees break and the streets and houses fill with water, he is able to help several people who have stayed behind but now need to be rescued. He was born in Jableh, Syria and worked as a sailor for many years before settling down in New Orleans. She is online and is tracking the storm, which has already killed three people in southern Florida and knocked out power for 1. Generally, it is accepted that families are headed by a strong male figure; this is no different in Zeitoun's family. One day, the bike got a flat tire and Zeitoun panics.
Soon after, the charges against him are dropped. The suggestion of an impending storm that has trickled in on the news all day has now reached a high point, as the hurricane seems to be on a direct path for New Orleans. Kathy immediately found Zeitoun attractive, though too conservative and too old for her. The story gains by reflecting only the Zeitoun family's view of the events mainly because of the discrimination that Zeitoun had to go through during the Hurricane Katrinna, by the simple reason that Zeitoun is a muslim man, they accused him and his two friends, of being part of the AlQaeda. The media is not always to be trusted, but still has the capability to stir one's emotions. This causes a separation from them. Meanwhile, Kathy deals with growing tension with her family in Baton Rouge, who disapprove of her hijab and her refusal to eat pork.
Finally, she receives a call - not from Zeitoun, but by an anonymous missionary who informs her that her husband is being detained at Hunt Correctional Facility in Louisiana. Friday, August 25, 2005, is a normal day for the family: the children attend school, Kathy fields phone calls from clients and Zeitoun visits his many work sites throughout the city to liaise and oversee. Now, Kathy smiles to herself as she remembers how well that plan worked. A voluntary evacuation is ordered. With this brief overview, we learn that Kathy and Zeitoun are both well-established in New Orleans, even if to many people Kathy seems more local because of her Southern accent and whiteness. Finally, they were made aware they are being charged with looting, all four of them, according to the officer driving the van, giving them the reason for their detainment, he stated an officer witnessed all four of them leaving a Walgreens with non-purchased goods. At the same time, some potential clients were no longer interested once they saw the logo.
Ronnie and Nasser were already in the boat, an enormous fan boat—a military craft. Analysis Although Zeitoun is a work of nonfiction, the choices Eggers makes about which details to include can nevertheless be interpreted as in fiction. But it was that silence that enabled him to hear the cries for help coming from some of the houses. She begins to fret about him driving across the city with a coming storm, and they start to bicker about it. The best summary of what happened to Zeitoun is from a Huffington Post article written by Harry Shearer on August 17, 2010:.
Mailer helped Abbott get his letters published. Kathy is in a position to be especially self-conscious of the discrimination she faces, since she can compare her treatment now to the way people treated her growing up, when she was Christian although she is still white, of course, and so receives a different kind of discrimination from Zeitoun. She slowly planned a ruse, saying that they would leave for their usual Florida trip the weekend after Christmas, which was always slow, so she knew Zeitoun would come along. Unnerved by the details of the family lost at sea - the father is in construction - Kathy shops for groceries and prepares to evacuate. Like Zeitoun, Kathy has seen her life change markedly in the years since she was a child.
After threatening for years, Kathy finally packed up the kids and left for Florida one morning for a vacation without him. On the way to school, Kathy and her daughters listen to radio news about Katrina, which has now been upgraded to a Category 1 Hurricane. Drawn to Islam through her childhood friend Yuko, she decides to convert. At his first encounter with a soldier, he was told he could not be helped. They waved Zeitoun down and one of the men identified himself as a reporter. Zeitoun always has trouble leaving the business and relaxing.
Kathy and Zeitoun's brother Ahmad were frantic when they could no longer contact him by phone. Kathy worries about Zeitoun, who today, as usual, eats barely anything for his 12-hour shifts, and yet manages to maintain his weight. This passage further proves only one example of citizens who. She leaves with the children, heading to Baton Rouge to stay with her two sisters. This will be echoed by the phone call updates Zeitoun promises after Katrina. She is shown to be just as determined as her husband, even if they may choose different priorities on which to persevere—this is another way that the couple, though quite different at first glance, aligns in terms of their values.
Some young workers are irresponsible, and Zeitoun tries to convince them to save money so as to live well and raise a family in the future, but the future seems not to be among their highest concerns. He often thought back to the time they spent together fishing as young men and then later as sailors together on the high seas. After a few years of apprenticeship in the Syrian port city of , Zeitoun spent twenty years working at sea as a muscleman, engineer and fisherman. What are some of the ways in which the descriptions here draw you in as a reader, and make these people and their situation real? Would you be tempted to be more heroic, smarter, prettier, kinder, funnier, friendlier, and on and on? She surprised the young girl by swearing at her in perfect English. Kathy soon leaves to pick up her daughters. Even though it is now a Category 3 Hurricane, Zeitoun believes the storm will weaken over the Gulf of Mexico as most storms do.