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World War Z notes; Warnings chapter 7

World War Z

Disclaimer: notes transcribed as is, no editing has been made so as to preserve my original feelings as I read the chapter.

Part 1. Warnings; Chapter 7, Saladin Kader

Such an emotionally charged account; both politically & racially explosive, an older & perhaps wiser Saladin Kader recounts his pre-war life at age 17. A time when he thought he knew everything and was about to be recruited (at his own instigation) by the “Children Of Yassin” in Kuwait City.
It seems he thought very little of his docile father, but the eldest Kader had seen not one but two results of the African Rabies virus. Which just made him most determined to evacuate his family to, what seems to be the only country willing to believe in the threat of “African Rabies” (as some have called it, but I’m not keen on this name for the zombie plague). Even if it means heading toward a country that the family consider the enemy.

I love the moment that Saladin’s father, in a moment of desperation and blind fear of losing his son forever, suddenly transforms from the timid, soft father he knew into a lion protecting his cubs.
As he recounts, where had this man come from.

Some martyr I turned out to be, I think I cried all the way to Cairo.

Fear is a most potent weapon and his father used it to save his life. Such is a strong and powerful love parent can have that is overpowers all rational thought, in this case deservedly so.

Once the family arrive in Cairo, Saladin sees that the Israeli quarantine without prejudice. If the dogs don’t like what they smell, that person is removed. Ordinary injuries are dealt with normally but the infected are escorted away from the rest of the population.
The Israeli government reacted to the virus by taking all reports regarding it seriously. Disappointingly, they only let people of a certain background into their borders. I’m not sure I understand why, certainly a virus couldn’t care less what nationality of person it infected. It disregards all religious preferences. Gender? Who cares! Sexual persuasion? What’s that?!
Saladin’s opinions are polar opposite to the Israeli government, but just as racist. Continue reading this post

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Notes on Chapter 7

Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The

Chapter 7.The Journey to the Great Oz

Disclaimer: notes transcribed as is, no editing has been made so as to preserve my original feelings as I read the chapter.

The food is gone.
As they rest for the night, each companion tries to make himself useful. Lion’s suggestion of a deer for dinner unfortunately does make the Tin-man somewhat appalled at the idea of killing. Scarecrow manages to forage some nuts for Dorothy to eat instead.
Would Tin-man let Dorothy & Toto starve because of his ideal? I’m not certain but it is unlikely.

They reach, what seems to be an impasse. Scarecrow & Lion collaborate & find the solution, showing that perhaps they are not so short on brains & bravery as they each might think. Tin-man has shown shown he has heart too. Why can they not all see this, when it seems so plain and clear.
Well, Lion has got an inkling as Scarecrow comes up with another good idea at the second obstacle. This time with the assistance of Tin-man’s skills. After which the Kalidah’s make an appearance.
Bodies like bears, head like a tigers’, claws razor sharp. Yet Lion brings up the rear across their make-shift bridge, protecting the group. Even when across, he puts Dorothy behind him in an effort to keep her safe. Such bravery in the face of self-proclaimed cowardice. However, there is no need to fight as Scarecrow tells Tin-man to destroy the bridge with his axe and all are safe, though Tin-man is terribly sad for the Kalidah’s demise.
Each of the three show more of the traits they are wishing for, as time goes by. Is Dorothy’s presence the reason?
She is considered a sorceress, wears the silver slippers & bears the kiss of the Northern witch. Perhaps close proximity to the slippers is enough or just that these gifts were always there but unnoticed.

At the third obstacle, the river, Scarecrow thinks that a raft would be the best method to traverse it, so Tin-man sets to work.
Scarecrow finds a fruit-laden tree for Dorothy – who must be sick of her current nuts-only diet.
As Tin-man toils, the others rest for the night. It’s a good job he never gets tired as I don’t think the others would know how to build a raft.

So much happened in this chapter, I’ve already mentioned the developments of the three companions, it seemed this chapter was more about them than Dorothy. They have saved her & Toto and proved to be loyal companions. I did feel that Tin-man has had less to say this time and yet it was balanced as had more to do.