Andry Greenbery

The Book in 3 Sentences


How the Book Changed Me

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He was filling out a paper-and-pencil log, documenting another uneventful Saturday evening, when the station’s alarm suddenly sounded, a deafening continuous ringing. To his right, Zaychenko saw that two of the lights indicating the state of the transmission system’s circuits had switched from red to green—in the counterintuitive, universal language of electrical engineers, a sign that they had turned off. The technician picked up the black desk phone to his left and called an operator at Ukrenergo’s headquarters to alert him to the routine mishap. As he did, another light turned green. Then another. Zaychenko’s adrenaline began to kick in. While he hurriedly explained the situation to the remote operator, the lights kept flipping: red to green, red to green. Eight, then ten, then twelve.

At the checkout line, he found that there, too, the point-of-sale systems were down, and cashiers were taking only cash. He didn’t have enough bills left. So he went back out into the street and repeated his desperate hunt for cash, trying another five ATMs before he was able to find one that worked.

Life went very fast from ‘What’s new on Facebook?’ to ‘Do I have enough money to buy food for tomorrow?’

“In the 21st century we have seen a tendency toward blurring the lines between the states of war and peace,” the article began. “Wars are no longer declared and, having begun, proceed according to an unfamiliar template.”


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