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Floodlines by Jordan Flaherty
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Mar 11, 11

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Recommended to Guy by: Publishers Weekly
Read from February 28 to March 11, 2011

Floodlines is a bracing, insightful and, ultimately, frustrating read as Jordon Flaherty's paper documentary pulls the curtain back on the systemic issues that turned Hurricane Katrina into much more than a natural disaster. He explores the history of New Orleans and the surrounding region, weaving a variety of compelling individual stories and noteworthy events, before and after Katrina, that illustrate the long-standing socio-political inequities that were fully exposed in the weeks, months, and sadly, years after the flood waters receded.

Where Zeitoun zoomed in on New Orleans with a very personal, Katrina-filtered lens, Floodlines pulls the camera back to show the bigger picture, and it's not always a pretty one. The two books complement each other well and should be read together as they offer the slightest glimmers of hope that something good might eventually come from a disaster whose enormity and repercussions are still difficult to fully grasp.

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Reading Progress

02/28/2011 page 31
10.0% "Goodman, Washington and Flaherty each do a good job of putting Floodlines in context -- NOLA's issues are bigger than Katrina, on a number of levels -- and the opening chapter sets the stage with an inspiring overview of NOLA culture. NOTE: I currently have the Treme soundtrack on heavy rotation. #love"
03/01/2011 page 113
35.0% "Where Zeitoun looked at NOLA through a very personal, Katrina-filtered microscope, Floodlines places Katrina in the bigger picture of NOLA's history. They complement each other nicely, offering the slightest glimmers of hope that something good might eventually come from a disaster whose enormity and repercussions are still difficult to fully grasp."
03/04/2011 page 183
57.0% "Where Zeitoun left me with a deep, hollow sadness, Floodlines is making me feel angry and, even worse, powerless. :-("

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message 1: by Helen (new)

Helen maybe you should chase this book with this one http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/79...


message 2: by Guy (new) - rated it 4 stars

Guy Gonzalez Ah, that does sound like a good follow-up. Thanks!

PS: We need to tackle 2666 soon. :-O


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