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very best zombie book ever written
on September 4, 2017
I freakin' loved this book. I don't really read zombie fiction, but I'd bet this is the very best zombie book ever written. It's everything you (I) wish "The Walking Dead" was, but just isn't.
Very basic description: the zombie apocalypse has been underway for a few years and reconstruction is happening. We follow one guy who's part of a militia-like group connected to the newly formed government in Buffalo. His job is to clear out and reclaim Manhattan, Zone One.
So, yeah, it's also a New York book. It's so New York.
I think the two "problems" I would offer up are also its strengths.
First, the writing is powerhouse. Almost every sentence is a work of art. This is no exaggeration. Every. Sentence. Why is this a problem? It's a tough, tough read. It takes forever to read a page. This isn't because it's slow; rather, it's slow going. One has to pause and navigate and consider these blow-you-away sentences. Also, I assigned it to my Eng 101 class, thinking, Famous Writer! Zombie Novel! I was in search of, um, description. I hadn't read it. I wanted to do so.
Well, they're dying. The description part paid-off: he's amazing. But it's a hard read. This actually is a bit of a problem. Chock it up to several things: anti-intellectualism in America? Kids don't read? Or all of these things, plus Whitehead needs to bring it down a notch, make it a little more accessible. I think he actually did with THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD. He is clearly a great writer, and I'd love to know how long it takes for him to write a single sentence.
Second, there is zero cheesiness in this book. It's moody and contemplative and philosophical and smart. Again, why might this be a problem? Its philosophical conclusion is not my own philosophical conclusion. If Colson would like to talk about it, I've got a different--dare I say better--end.
Alas, he's the author, not me. And I loved this book.