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Zombie: A Novel Paperback – September 15, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
I think coming into it virtually blind made the book a more intense experience for me vs. someone who has read the reviews, synopsis and so on. (Kinda like how I enjoyed "The Blair Witch Project" more than most because I went into it blind and believing.)
For that reason, I'm not sure how much I actually want to say about the story. When I got the book, I began reading it right away just because I was in a reading mood. Then I couldn't put it down. I wanted to, though. I felt like throwing up at least four or five times while reading it.
I wasn't finished with the story when I had to put the book down to go make a living. After I'd put it down I was reluctant to pick it up again. I'd pass by it on the bookshelf and give it the stink eye.
Then, finally, the other night all the circumstances collided making it the right time to finish this book.
It's a slim read, practically a novelette. But it's a testament to Oates' abilities. She knows just how to turn a phrase, flip syntax, reroute a time line - like a puppet master pulling at the threads of your emotion.Read more ›
"Zombie" is a gripping, suspenseful read. Oates' superbly crafted prose really brings you into a mind that is cunning and methodical, yet strangely childish. As Quentin narrates his bloody efforts to create a zombie, he also recalls formative events of his past.
"Zombie" contains many graphic scenes of horrific violence and sex. It is a story of psychological horror that reminds me of some of the work of seminal master Edgar Allen Poe. Oates' horror here is not supernatural, but based in the real phenomenon of the obsessive-compulsive serial murderer. The book is unsettling; what is Oates trying to say? How are we supposed to understand Quentin? But I think the troubling ambiguity is part of the brilliance of "Zombie."
to oates, dahmer could not have been a better subject on which to base a novel. he was from a typical family and spent most of his childhood living in smaller ohio towns. oates manages to successfully show the transformation from troubled boy to serial killer. this is a superb book if anyone cares more to learn about the psychological churnings inside a serial killer's mind than to learn about the tabloid details of dahmer.
oates subtly shows america its own scars (particularly in the aspect of sexuality) in "Zombie." she attempts to show our poisons and how this can affect an unstable boy into becoming a man that we fear, a man one would label "a monster," as we tend to over-simplify. however, oates makes it clear that there are no monsters, only products of a dying society.
definitely one of her better novels, "Zombie" urges the reader to re-think about the ways american society works. "Zombie" also helps him gain a better understanding of the progression from "innocent boy" to "monster." she does this with ease, as it is obvious that oates researched psychological studies on serial killers in order to better write her novel. she understands many subtle keys which make QP (the character based on dahmer) a believable serial killer. QP obsesses over "squirrel" (the code name he has given to a young boy), who, in turn, bears striking similarities to an old love of QP.Read more ›
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Most appalling piece of garbage I've ever read. Gonna burn it soonPublished 2 days ago by William Anthony
This book is loosely based on the life of Jeffrey Dahmer. It is not for the faint of heart or anyone who is overly squeamish.Published 5 days ago by Robert Walford
I could not finish this book. Boring and annoying writing. And I am a Joyce Carol Oates fan.Published 1 month ago by Karen Gail Brown
OK book to read. Not great but passable for the time. When it builds to the climax ten it seems very short, not detailed and just seems to occur quickly and then be tossed aside. Read morePublished 4 months ago by JRipper1888
Clearly written as some sort of response to Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho, it's unclear to me what Oates was trying to accomplish with "Zombie. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jimmy Lin
“Zombie” is WEIRD. Narrator Quentin, or Q____ P_____as he calls himself, is a SERIAL KILLER. The book is a DIARY, in which he obsesses about transforming some fellow into his... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Paul Janensch