USA: books by James Lee Burke on Katrina reviewed

This is a video clip of the tragedies from Hurricane Katrina in the USA in 2005.

By Robert Maxwell:

After the storm: James Lee Burke answers Katrina’s wrath with his own

20 September 2007

James Lee Burke, The Tin Roof Blowdown, Simon & Schuster and Jesus Out to Sea, Simon & Schuster

This review is a modified version of articles that first appeared in the Mobile (Alabama) Press-Register

James Lee Burke is one of America’s master prose stylists, a crossover writer who transcends the genre he is working in, and has rightly been called the Faulkner of crime fiction. Like a literary Emeril, he’s always kicking it up a notch, testing the outer limits of his chosen formula; and like his cousin, the late, great Andre Dubus, a short-story writer who has been compared to Chekhov, Burke has a deft literary touch. His depiction of Southern scene and setting are nonpareil (his descriptions of flora would challenge a botanist). Yet it is all nonintrusive, building a mood always evocative, at times brooding, Kierkegaardian in its memory warps and always firmly anchored in Dixie terra Firma—a terrain redolent of draping oaks, Spanish moss, gators and nutria lurking in the swamp and coulees, and summer heat lightning often interpreted by the locals as proof of the divine. …

A huge fan of James Lee Burke, I have anxiously awaited the commentary of this fine Southern literary artist, to get the take of this local visionary Louisiana boy as seen through his fictional protagonists. New Orleans, creative and cultural mecca to be treasured, is the ground of Burke’s artistic inspiration, where we follow the crucible that is Dave Robicheaux’s daily lot—our working-class hero, former N.O. detective, who has wound up in his twilight years in New Iberia, La. As always, the Big Easy is just a stone’s throw away, with all its attendant urgency.

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The levees burst because they were structurally weak and had only a marginal chance of surviving a category 3 storm, much less of category 5 strength. Every state emergency official knew this. The Army Corps of Engineers knew this. The National Hurricane Center in Miami knew this.

But apparently the United States Congress and the current administration in Washington, D.C., did not, since they had dramatically cut funding for the repair of the levee system only a few months earlier.

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