Thursday, March 3, 2016

Book Beginning: Zeitoun


Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.



On moonless nights the men and boys of Jableh, a dusty fishing town on the coast of Syria, would gather their lanterns and set out in their quietest boats.

-- Zeitoun by David Eggers. This is the non-fiction story about a Syrian immigrant living in New Orleans with his American wife and family when Hurricane Katrina hit. It's our Book Club book this month.


  1. David Eggers, yes! We seem to have very dusty beginnings ;) I hope you're enjoying it!

  2. I have read this author...not this book, though. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I like that beginning. It's calm. I have read The Circle by the same author. Enjoy.

  4. Not my usual read, but I really like the sound of that beginning. :)

  5. Hi Gilion,

    I haven't come across this author or book before and to be honest, I doubt that it is one for me. I don't tend to read non-fiction and although many of the reviews have highlighted the US authority's poor handling of the situation in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, here in the UK, we have enough of our own poorly handled issues to atone for, without me passing opinion on another country.

    It sounds as though Eggers has researched this and his other books, most thoroughly and with great passion, so I hope that you take something away with you, after having read 'Zeitoun'

    My first lines this week, are from murder/mystery 'Wycliffe The Pea-Green Boat' by W.J. Burley

    Thanks for hosting and enjoy your weekend,


  6. We read Zeitoun for book club two years ago. It gave us a lot to talk about. Before book club I learned more about the man and his family due to an unkind comment made on my blog and the research I did because of the comment. I hope you have the time to read my blog review of the book and the comment that one reader made and my response. Apparently things didn't go well for the Zeitoun family after Katrina.

  7. I doubt I would pick this up, but I am interested in New Orleans, so ya never know. I travel there often. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  8. Interesting beginning. Paints a rather peaceful picture. :)

  9. Sounds good.

    I like the beginning.

    ENJOY, and have a great weekend.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  10. That sounds like a really interesting book! Great beginning! Hope you enjoy your weekend!

  11. While I tend to avoid books about Katrina because it's just a little too close to home I do love how lyrical the writing is. The story itself sounds interesting as well. Thanks for sharing!


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