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Re-read Read Along of The Year of the Flood Chapters 37 through 48 and including POLLINATION DAY

NOTE: SPOILERS ARE SCATTERED THROUGHOUT THIS POST

APRIL FISH.   YEAR FOURTEEN    OF THE FOOLISHNESS WITHIN ALL RELIGIONS Spoken by Adam One

“On April Fish Day, which originated in France, we make fun of one another by attaching a Fish of paper, or, in our case, a Fish of recycled cloth, to the back of another person and then crying out, “April Fish!” It was “surely first a Christian festival, as a fish image was used by the early Christians as secret signals of their faith in times of oppression.” “And help us yo accept in all humility our kinship with the Fishes, who appear to us as  mute and foolish; for in Your sight, we are all mute and foolish.”

Hymn: Oh Lord, You Know Our Foolishness

37. REN   YEAR TWENTY-FIVE

She recalls checking in on the Snakepit again later in the evening. Four Painballers had shown up and were being handled using BlyssPlus pills.

38. Lucerne informs Ren that they are returning to the HelthWyzer Compound and Amanda cannot come with them. Amanda gives Ren her purple phone. Ren and Lucerne take a cab to the HelthWyzer gateway.  Lucerne claims they were forcibly abducted when they went to the pleeblands.

39. At HelthWyzer, Ren is reunited with her father Frank. Her room was still the same. Fank approached her as if she might bite. “He smelled of complex chemicals”. She was taken to a psychiatrist. She talked to Amanda on the phone in her bedroom closet.

40. Frank treats her “like a window: he never looked at me, only through me.” She went to HelthWyzer High. Lucerne called her Brenda now. Her guide at school was Wakulla Price. (Jimmy had a crush on Wakulla!) Jimmy is Wakulla’s lab partner. He has some exchanges with Ren (Brenda). Ren learns “how easy it is, treachery. You just slide into it. But I knew that already, because of Bernice. ” Ren called Amanda on the purple cellphone and learns that Amanda a Shackie have partnered up to steal. Amanda told Ren “love was useless, because it led you into dumb exchanges in which you gave too much away, and then you got bitter and mean.”

41. Ren and Jimmy become friends. Ren writes a diary and hides it in a stuffed bear. She says Gardeners were right about…”reading someone else’s secret words does give you power over them.” Then Glenn comes to HelthWyzer Hight. Ren recognizes hime as the person who came to see Pilar. Jimmy spends more time with Glenn. Jimmy’s mother disappears. Ren and Jimmy have sex.

42. Ren’s phone is discovered by her mother so Ren loses touch with Amanda. Her  relationship with Jimmy doesn’t last. She eventually goes to Martha Graham Academy two years after Jimmy goes there.Year of the Flood

THE FEAST OF SERPENT WISDOM.   YEAR EIGHTEEN.   ON THE IMPORTANCE OF INSTINCTIVE KNOWING. Spoken by Adam One

Adam One warns that unofficial inquiries are being made about Zeb. Serpent wisdom, says Adam One, “is the wisdom of feeling directly, as the serpent feels vibrations in the earth.” It is a “wholeness of Being.”

Hymn: God Gave Unto the Animals (a wisdom past our power to see)

43. TOBY.   THE FEAST OF SERPENT WISDOM.   YEAR TWENTY-FIVE

Toby feels premonitions: “We’re using up the earth. It’s almost gone.”

44. Saint Jacques Cousteau’s Day. Year Eighteen.

Zeb tells Toby the Gardeners have lost track of their boy courier at the Watson-Crick Institute.

45. A woman brings ” a gift of genome codes” from HelthWyzer.  “The ratio of women to men fleeing the Corporations was roughly three to one.” This particular woman wanted to send a message to her son Jimmy at Martha Graham Academy! “Toby was assigned as minder to the new refugee.”

46. Saint Aleksander Zawadzki of Galicia’s Day (one of Toby’s favourite saints)

Toby was partial to Aleksander because he catalogued the flowers and beetles of Galicia (Poland). Zeb brings Toby bad news: Blanco is back managing SecretBurgers. Zeb goes to check things out and gets involved in a confrontation on the street. Adam One is upset that Zeb acted first which is against the Gardeners’ understood rules. Watches were posted. Toby had the Hammerhead (code name of the new refugee) hidden in her own cubicle with a calming drink. Baseball bats, two-pronged forks, a plant hydrator and “relocation” by Amanda were used in the ensuing battle on the roof. Best of all, Toby set the bees on Blanco: “He fled howling down the fire-escape stairs, flailing and slapping, trailing a plume of bees.”

47. Gardeners decide to place Toby in one of their Truffle niches in the Exfernal World. Toby tells the bees she has to go. She is disguised as a pink duck. Hammerhead is sent to Oregon; Toby will be closer so that she can return. She wears a sandwich board advertising the AnooYoo Spa on the Street of Dreams. She was taken to a clinic for some changes in he appearance: hair colour, skin, green contact lenses etc. Then she spent six weeks in a Truffle cell in SolarSpace.”It was a surreal interval.”

48.When her disguise was finished she went to the AnooYoo Spa-in-the-Park as Tobiatha “the vaguely Tex-Mex but discreet and efficient manager.” “We’re not selling only beauty, the AnooYoo Corp said in their staff instructionals. We’re selling hope,” Toby’s feelings about age reversal: “If you really want to stay the same age forever and ever…try jumping of the roof:death’s a sure-fire method for stopping time.” Toby began stasing away supplies. She had a computer in her office and watched the news. The biggest hazard at the AnooYoo was that Lucerne (Ren’s mother) was a regular customer. One day, Zeb shows up disguised as a groundsman: he sets up a way for Toby to communicate through the EXTINCTATHON game monitored by MaddAddam. After a long time, she receives this message: “The garden is destroyed. Adams and Eves gone dark. Watch and wait.”

POLLINATION DAY   YEAR TWENTY-ONE   OF THE TREES AND OF THE FRUITS IN THEIR SEASONS   Spoken by Adam One

“…Our flight was rapid:our escape narrow. Now, true to their nature, our enemies have laid waste to our Rooftop.”

“Disguised to blend in with the background, we thrive under the noses of our enemies. We have shed our plain vestments and swathed ourselves in mallway purchases.”

Also reported is the CorpSeCorps creation of a mechanized slave bee: an issue which the Gardeners must consider carefully.

SEE NEXT POST FOR CHAPTERS 49 THROUGH 67

3 comments to Re-read Read Along of The Year of the Flood Chapters 37 through 48 and including POLLINATION DAY

  • Until I read your summary, I hadn’t considered the symbolism of Toby being disguised as a duck! All these birds! (Which, of course, makes perfect sense. But I missed it. Just one of the advantages of co-reading!)

    There are a lot of chapters in this one, aren’t there? I’m imagining that the third book will read like a combination of the first two, with the pacing and broader perspective of the second but the named and categorized segments like the first. Can hardly wait!

  • Reader Woman

    Yes, I find myself quite interested in the format and/or structure of the third book. Perhaps I will have to figure out how to read all three simultaneously in order to make all the connections! Not in just one weekend though!

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