I am midway through Shantung Compound. It has been an interesting read so far. One main idea that I have been shaping in my thoughts about this is the idea of adaptation and adjustment that is normal to us. When thrown into circumstances which disorientate us or displace us from who we were in another setting, we adjust, humans adjust and find routines to help that adjusting process.
The process of adjusting is seen in this story as people who are displaced, disoriented to who they were and their settings they had created in life, who begin to build normalcy, routines and normal life things to give them structure. This structure aids them to the process of adjustments.