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Appears Sloosha's Crossin' an' Ev'rythin' After
Relationships Catkin, sister
Old Zachry
Appears Zachry's Crossing
Actor Tom Hanks
Relationships Rose, sister
Meronym, wife
Adam,? brother-in-law
Jonas, nephew
Catkin, niece

Zachry Bailey is a member of a tribe called the Valleymen, and the narrator of Sloosha's Crossin' an' Ev'rythin' After - which consists solely of chapter 6.


Zachry is the narrator of the sixth chapter, "Sloosh'a's Crossin'." He witnesses the brutal murder of his father and the abduction of his brother by a rival tribe when he is just nine years old. He is a member of a tribe called the Valleymen, who live simply, barter with nearby communities, and raise goats. When a woman of the Prescients arrives on his island of Ha-why (Hawaii), she stays with Zachry and his family. Slowly and somewhat grudgingly, Zachry and Meronym become friends, and it is with her that he escapes the brutal Konas, who ransack his village and slay his kinsmen.


  • Hands are burnin', let that rope not be cut. 'Enemy's sleeping, let his throat be not slit. 'Bronze is burnin', let that bridge not be crossed.
  • In the film: 'Bridge is broken, hide below. Hands are burnin', don't let go. Enemy's sleeping, don't slit that throat.'
  • I watched clouds awobbly from the floor o' that kayak. Souls cross ages like clouds cross skies, an' tho' a cloud's shape nor hue nor size don't stay the same, it's still a cloud an' so is a soul. Who can say where the cloud's blowed from or who the soul'll be 'morrow? Only Sonmi the east an' the west an' the compass an' the atlas, yay, only the atlas o'clouds.

Film portrayal[]

In the film adaptation, Zachry is portrayed by actor Tom Hanks.

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