One Dead In Attic By Chris Rose – Book Report/Review Example
Dead in Attic by Chris Rose Question 2. One of Rose’s comments on the return of Mardi Gras is that “They just don’t get it.” What does he mean by that and who is the they?
1 Dead in Attic is a collection of Chris Rose columns after the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina. As the people of New Orleans tried to pick up from the fatal outcome of Katrina, the over decades tradition of Mardi Gras, that had defined New Orleans, was facing criticism from the rest of Americans.
When, he says, “They just don’t get it,” Chris Rose refers to the lack of understanding by the rest of Americans on what Mardi Gras is all about. He calls the rest of Americans, “Great elsewhere”. These people are unaware of what Mardi Gras means to the people of New Orleans. The rest of America, which includes Non-New Orleans politicians, Media houses and even the average American people criticize the residents of New Orleans for holding Mardi Gras after the devastating Hurricane Katrina. The “Great Elsewhere” perceives Hurricane Katrina as being an exposition full of drunkards and immorality. He claims that most of the people who kill the real values of Mardi Gras are tourists from the rest of the US, who throng the city during the carnival (Rose 220).
Chris Rose insists that even after the people of New Orleans die from the Hurricane, New Orleans is not dead. By not holding Mardi Gras, it will be synonymous to saying that New Orleans is dead. He defends the New Orleans culture and insists that the people of New Orleans had decided to hold Mardi Gras with or without the approval of the rest of the world. Mardi Gras, according to Chris Rose is about having fun and it happens before the parade. He claims that the real Mardi Gras takes place in bars and Restaurants where people take time to have fun. Mardi Gras is New Orleans culture that defines the love of life, the values of harmonic assembly of New Orleans food, music, creativity, unconventional behaviour, environs and the joy of existence (Rose 223).
In trying to discourage the residents of New Orleans not to hold the annual festivities of Mardi Gras, “The Great Elsewhere” was trying to assert that New Orleans was dead. 1 Dead in Attic, is a representative of the people who suffered under Katrina, and would not let it take away their culture.
Rose, Chris. “1 Dead in Attic: After Katrina.” New York: Simon and Schuster, 2007