Some people just know how to write. And Eggars is one of them. Wow.
As I ran around downtown Manhattan this morning thinking about how radically different my run today was from my typical runs around Eldorado Springs and Boulder, I couldn’t help drifting back to Zeitoun. It’s a stunning story about one man – Abdulrahman Zeitoun – and his family before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina. But Katrina was only the foreplay for the book – the real story is what happens a week after the storm when Zeitoun disappears.
I won’t ruin the book by telling the story here as it’s worth letting it unfold gradually. But, gradually in Eggars time means that I read the entire 300 page book in one sitting on the couch on Sunday.
America is an awesome place. At 6am, in the dark, I ran around one of the biggest cities in the world. I felt safe. I saw all different shapes, sizes, colors, and types of people. It was a completely opposite experience to running near my house, where I can do an entire one hour run and not see another human being.
And then I thought of Zeitoun and how insane humans can get, even in this country. Take my word for it – it’s powerful and may be the best book of the year. Get it and read it.
Silly disclaimer for the FTC – I get paid an affiliate fee by Amazon whenever someone clicks on the link above and buys a book. I’m not sure how much money I get and I’m not motivated to blog about the book because of the payment – this was truly a spectacular book. In fact, I’m never motivated to blog about anything based on the affiliate fees I get – I do it just to better understand how this stuff works since, ahem, I invest in these types of companies and believe I’m a better investor if I actually use the stuff I invest in. I can’t tell from your guidelines if they even apply to me (and I don’t think they do), but I thought I’d post this just in case. Plus it made my post longer and more substantial.