The Root of Chaos Douglas Soderberg

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Published: January 1986

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30 pages


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The Root of Chaos  by  Douglas Soderberg

The Root of Chaos by Douglas Soderberg
January 1986 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 30 pages | ISBN: | 10.55 Mb

The place is the home of the Cernikowski family in Centralia, Pennsylvania, where a subterranean fire in the abandoned coal mines has been burning out of control for years and moving steadily closer to the houses of the few remaining residents. TheMoreThe place is the home of the Cernikowski family in Centralia, Pennsylvania, where a subterranean fire in the abandoned coal mines has been burning out of control for years and moving steadily closer to the houses of the few remaining residents. The Cernikowskis, father Joe, mother Wilma, teenage daughter Doublemint (named after her grandmother) and nine-year-old son, Skeeter, seem to be oddly unconcerned about their own peril- although, Wilma does make daily measurements of the ever-widening crack in their cellar wall.

But the grotesque unreality of their threatened existence is reflected in the matter-of-fact way in which they discuss events which, to normal people, would seem something more than casual - such as Doublements offhand announcement that she decided to take off her clothes in the school prinicipals office- or Skeeters deadpan mention of having been sexually molested by a group of neighborhood bullies- or, worst of all, their ho-hum reaction when Wilma is incinerated in the cellar by escaping coal gas, ignited when Joe strikes a match to light Doublemints cigarette.

Eventually, after Doublemint is killed by lightning, Skeeter begins to show the first hints of honest fear and concern. But this is short-lived when he is felled by a fatal stroke, leaving Joe gamely trying to convince himself that he is not afraid, despite the collapse and destruction all around him, and notwithstanding the arrival of foul-mouthed Officer of Surface Mining, who helps himself to the Cernikowskis leftover casserole before sending Joe off to join the others by means of a well-placed bullet.



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