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Breach of Faith by Jed Horne
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I'm fascinated with New Orleans, and feel like the response to hurricane Katrina was one of our country's poorest moments. I'm setting a good part of a novel in post-Katrina New Orleans, so I'm reading as much as I can of the disaster.

Horne's book is full of poignancy. The content is sad and horrific and devastating. However, he desperately needed an editor (or two or three). A journalist by trade, Horne seemed to find it necessary to completely cross the spectrum in this foray into a book-length work. The prose is verbose and padded; it rambles and loses its points.

I would have preferred a tighter, newspaper-ish style for this text. It doesn't benefit from the ceaseless metaphors, nor the blatant metaphoric detail. Everything about the disaster is rife with metaphor; give us the information straight and we'll see the parallels on our own.
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Ben I just found Spike Lee's When the Levees Broke at the local library. Anyhow I guess you know Richard Ford lived on Bourbon Street. Here's an interesting short story of his about New Orleans, "Puppy":

http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2001...


Virginia Ben wrote: "I just found Spike Lee's When the Levees Broke at the local library. Anyhow I guess you know Richard Ford lived on Bourbon Street. Here's an interesting short story of his about New Orleans, "Pup..."

When the Levees Broke is pretty staggering. Biased, but staggering all the same. Thanks for the story link; I haven't read that one. Have you read "Leaving for Kenosha," also by Ford? It's set in post-Katrina New Orleans. Here's the link:
http://www.newyorker.com/fiction/feat...


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