I read a short story called Remains by Daryll Delgado on Words Without Borders. It’s about a guy who is on a helicopter to the remains of a city soon after a terrible typhoon devasted this once amazing city. It talks about how when this guy pasts this town in the helicopter he sees the remains and tries to picture the town when he grew up in it. it sends him into a few flashbacks of the town with his family. In the end, he starts writing a list of what he sees, and it is really depressing.
This story had very good word choice and imagery in it. In the story, it said “festering city, prostrate on the island’s narrow tip. The once-green island looked like an enormous animal carcass, jutting out from the sea.” I thought this really had some good word choice it helped us imagine what the devasted city looked like. it also said “blue-green-yellow-red swirls around a black dot of an eye. A perfect storm, they say, and the tiny city right in the eye of it.” This helped us imagine how this small town was in the middle of the storm and was completely devastated by the storm because it was in the middle of it.
This story had good use of syntax and it was very interesting to me. In the story, it said, “Meanwhile, to the extent that I could see, ground zero, as they’ve been calling the city, looked drained of color entirely.” this syntax really made the story a little different, it added to the understanding of the story. It helps us know how the city was in the center of the storm and due to the storm it looked depressed and drained of color.
What I learned from this story is that typhoons and hurricanes can really devastate cities and towns. In the story, it talks about how this town was one of the bigger towns and after the storm, this city was in the middle and was completely devastated. The main character talks about how in his childhood thier were all things fun wonders and things to do yet now while he’s flying over he’s trying to picture places he had been but all he could see was the remains of the town and not many anything that looked familiar. when they land and he sees what’s happening in the town it’s really depressing and sad for what happened to the people who lived thier and now have no home.
I didn’t learn much about the culture of the Philippines but I learned that in countries like the Philippines typhoons can have huge devastation on thier cities. especially those close to the ocean that get hit while the typhoons are at the peak it leaves cities that have been thier for generations destroyed in one night.