Flight Paths

I found Flight Paths to be rather confusing, if I may be honest. To me, what seemed to be two people’s stories intermingling made for a very confusing and hard-to-follow read. Besides that, it almost seemed that the story went in reverse, unless I grossly misunderstood the first two episodes. One minute the author is in the UAE, and then the next he’s leaving for that same nation? I’m confused.

That said, I think the story brings attention to the important issue of illegal immigration. Think about it for a second — for someone to be willing to endure the ride in the wheelwell of a commercial jet (And let me tell you — at 30,000 feet, temperatures are far, far below 0 degrees F and air is practically impossible to breathe), there must be something going severely wrong where they’re coming from.

Another thing about the story that I found hard to wrap my head around was how the two characters met. It appears that in Ep.4, the story is being told from two points of view – one from the stowaway’s, and the other from a man who I’m assuming is Jacob. Obviously, the stories converge into one as Yacub hits the earth, but I’m not quite sure what happened in Ep.6, because Yacub runs into yet another man. This is probably because I had a significant amount of trouble actually reading the story out of sheer confusion, but it made for a confusing read towards the end nonetheless.

One thing I do really enjoy about this piece, however, is how it forces the reader to take their time going through it. In reality, there isn’t much to the story in terms of text; maybe a full page or two, if that. However, it is drawn out in a long arc.

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~ by ryanwcraig on March 4, 2013.

2 Responses to “Flight Paths”

  1. Ryan’s post began as a sort of confessional, saying to the reader “if I may be honest.” This is an interesting approach as it almost both asks the reader to cut him some slack as well as makes us a little bit more critical of what follows. In any case, he is up front that he is struggling with the text/ is confused.

    After the first sort of critical “perceptions” of the text, he becomes more critical of the “moral” issue that he sees within the text: the idea of illegal immigration. He does not necessarily take a stance on the issue, but brings to light that “there must be something going severely wrong where they’re coming from.”

    In the third paragraph, he uses a very common transition: “Another thing about the story…” Here, he begins to attempt to decode the connections between the different characters yet ends back on the idea that it was a confusing read (bringing us back to his confessional introduction).

    Lastly, he ends with a positive reflection of the book, speaking to “one thing I do really like about this piece.” It is a very minimalist and does not really provide specific examples of why he likes it. He says the piece “is drawn out in a long arc” but doesn’t explain if that arc is story plot, literal time (the amount of seconds we have to wait before we are able to move on to the next “slide”), or something else.

  2. Kelsey Hughes (the commentator)^^

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