on January 1st 1970
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Zephaniah, a young foreign tourist, comes to the United States to vacation in New York City. He has questions and believes he will find the answers in New York City. On the plane he is very excited but as the day goes on, the reader watches as his excitement turns to cynicism. Through the course of a day, the reader observes him navigate a taxi, a subway, view the skyscrapers, and various sections of New York city from the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, Trump tower, etc. Along the way, people’s clothing, demeanor, their social status is discussed. Distinctions are made between the “haves” and “have nots”. The entire time, Zeph is making “observations” which to me are really his own personal presumptions and judgement about people and how he believes they view money. He describes money as being the “God” of the people. Again, his own personal assumption.
This is a short story. I’m not sure of its point. Perhaps the philosophy was lost on me. Was this story giving an example of an outsider’s viewpoint of America? Was it one man’s naive first impression of a busy city? Is this a statement about capitalism, wealth and power? Most Likely.
The story kept my interest and was easy to follow even if some of the philosophy was lost on me.
I was given a copy of this story from the Author in exchange for an honest review.