Dinner at the Center of the Earth - “2014, Gaza Border (Israeli side)" - “2014, Limbo” (3-39) Summary & Analysis

Englander, Nathan
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The first section, titled “2014, Gaza Border (Israeli side),” begins with the currently unnamed narrator addressing “you” (3). Englander writes, “It’s never about you,” the attacks and counterattacks, those kidnapped, killed, murdered, or burned alive. Then, the narrator describes “you” sitting on a chair outside of your rented cottage, waiting for your tea water to boil. You stir, and a lizard camouflages to the color of sand upon noticing you.

“Across the country,” soldiers grope through the South Hebron Hills, “hunting the bodies” (3). Beyond the literal fences of the Gaza Border, the Gazans live their lives. It is still light outside where you sit. You anticipate the missiles that will fly in civilian areas like yours. Meanwhile, you will stay seated outside, drinking tea and watching the missiles fall. Counterattacks are sure to follow. Each fight is more violent...

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