Saturday, September 15, 2012
Do I change my opinion if I find out new information after finishing a book?
The story, for obvious reasons, greatly upset my husband and I and we spent several hours discussing it. I even placed the book on one of my lists of favorite audiobooks, though I use the term "favorites" loosely to mean well-done/interesting, rather than 'I love it.' I included it in a blog post about the audiobooks we listened to on our California vacation. An anonymous reader posted a snarky comment about Zeitoun being a terrible person. I decided to publish the comment after doing a little research on my own. Indeed Zeitoun had been in legal trouble for domestic violence. You can read my long-winded reply to anonymous on the post.
I selected Zeitoun by Dave Eggers as an audiobook for our road trip because it is an upcoming Book Club selection. The gals in my club aren't sure if they want to read it as even worse news about Zeitoun has recently surfaced. It was reported in the LA Times.
Now what do I think? I am disturbed by this news about the way the whole story is playing out. The events surrounding the hurricane and the illegal arrest were bad enough. Now this, Zeitoun is under arrest for threatening to kill his X-wife. Should we read the book or not? It seems to me that the current events add to the disturbing aspects of this story and I believe they are interconnected. This would give our club lots to discuss but will it taint the story for other members knowing this information before reading the memoir?