Zone One Paperback – 6 September 2012
Exhilarating, heartbreaking -- Stuart Kelly ― Scotland on Sunday
Profoundly thoughtful... Zone One is a dark mirror, to be sure, but there is no doubt it is our own age that is being scrutinised here ― New Statesman
A zombie story with brains... Whitehead can spin gore into macabre poetry ― Washington Post
As satirical and gut-wrenchingly emotional as it is horrific, Zone One is the zombie tale at its literary best ― SciFi Now
A cool, thoughtful and, for all its ludic violence, strangely tender novel ― New York Times Book Review
Punchy cocktail of horror, comedy and social critique ― Metro
Often simultaneously arch and sombre, Whitehead's narrative flares with a sociological intelligence -- Benjamin Evans ― Daily Telegraph
About the Author
COLSON WHITEHEAD is the author of The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, Sag Harbor, Zone One and The Underground Railroad, as well as The Colossus of New York, a collection of essays. A recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and a MacArthur Fellowship, he lives in New York City.
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- Publisher : Vintage (6 September 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0099570149
- ISBN-13 : 978-0099570141
- Item Weight : 192 g
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #184,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I've got to say, after reading it I'm not at all sure that the "literary zombie" works. The first section read as overwritten with far too much description. In fact, this continues throughout the novel (why use one word when eighty will do?) and as a result it gets hard to follow where in the narrative you are with the main character, Mark Spitz. There's an awful lot of introspection/how he got where he was which is mingled with the main action and it can sometimes be hard to follow the train of thought.
That said, after the first third (where I nearly gave up), I started to get it a bit more. This, it seemed to me, is a satire on how we live now (like zombies) - it's all too easy to see yourself as one of the stragglers that Mark Spitz is clearing up. I loved the idea that Mark Spitz had the feeling that optimism (hope for the returning world) would destroy the human race. (At the same academic conference where this was recommended to me, the notion of "cruel optimism" was discussed - the feeling that things will get better when they never do and never will which undoes people).
This was okay as a book - I had to read it in one sitting or I would have given up completely and also lost my thread. It's not the best zombie book I've ever read, but it is a thoughtful one.