A pandemic has devastated the planet, sorting humanity into two types: the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead. The worst of the plague is now past, and Manhattan is slowly being resettled. Armed forces have successfully reclaimed the island south of Canal Street - aka 'Zone One' and teams of civilian volunteers are clearing out the remaining infect...more
jesus christ, but colson whitehead can write. i read the intuitionist way back when everyone was praising it to the moon as the masterpiece of the next great american writer, but that book didn't really do a lot for me, while this one keel-hauled me.
it was strolling along at a solid four stars until the ending, which just reached in-between my ribs with insistent fingers and squeezed and squeezed and squeezed. the last 100 pages or so just blew me away. and it's not even a long boo...more
While I never thought so, AMC and Whitehead have both been giving it their all by enveloping them in navel-gazing Philosophy 101 monologues and odd series of pastoral flashbacks in the midst of life-or-death situations. Whitehead, at least, delivers his philosophy with amazing prose, while the writers at The Walking Dead (season two) rely on repetition of words like 'humanity' more times than Hobbes could shake a stick at. We get...more
mark monday got up at his usual hour, in his usual bed, and after leisurely winding his way through his various morning routines, made his way to work, to perform his usual functions. it was a friday, a day where most of his colleagues found reasons to be elsewhere - appointments and such - and so this was mark's favorite work day to be in the office. the lack of potential irritation meant more work could be accomplished. on some level, he realized that this was perhaps a rather uncharitab...more
But in Zone One not only are there plenty of zombies, there’s still silly bureaucratic rules and paperwork as well as a...more
Whitehead’s problem here seems to be that he gets so caught up in delivering the goods on literary stylistics...more
Start spreading the news. I’m leaving todayThere is a lot to sink your teeth into in the latest book from MacArthur Genius grantee Colson Whitehead. The nation has pretty much collapsed, with the implication that things are no better elsewhere in the world. But there is still some hope. A provisional government has been set up in Buffalo, and some organization is returning. The government wants to clear Manhattan of undesirables, in order to repopulate, in order to show that there is a future,...more
A pretty terrible experience. No, not a zombie outbreak, this book.
There are flashes of interesting in this book, but overall you just want to skip ahead. The book utilizes stream of consciousness to express the protagonist’s detachment from reality, which is interesting and a probable way of someone in a zombie apocalypse coping, but it's a horrible way to tell a story. Told...more
We are studied in the old ways, and acolytes of what's to come.
I was a young teen (13? 14?) when I first watched Romero's classic Night of the Living Dead. Watching with my two friends, we vocalized our response to the undead onslaught: advice on which windows needed better fortification, admonitions on how to deal best with the character that's losing his/her shit, and the most expedient way of dispatching a ghoul - all of the responses in no way unique to...more
I suppose it is a thinking man's zombie novel, though it is lacking in the required skin-ripping, intestine-chomping, walking dead action that would hold most zombie aficionado's interest. The living ARE hunted by the dead, but Whitehead does not linger on the messy details.
A team arrives in New York City to clear out areas for possible reclaimation when the crisis has ended. The city looms large in this book, pulsating...more
In the interest of full disclosure, Zone One is one of the books that beat out my novel, That Which Should N...more
Yes, of course, it is a lit. zombie novel that features both Melvillean poetic digressions, as well as zombie shotgun carnage. That is almost what makes this my favorite kind of book—literary pulp doesn’t even begin to describe it.
No, my favorite kind of book is the marketed-as-pulp-genre book that is actually quite dense, difficult, and often challenging that finds a wide audience, usually unfamiliar with the author’s work. It means a slew of negative reviews o...more
As regular readers know, there's a special quirk to CCLaP's 10-point rating system that maybe a lot of other places don't have; that no matter how good a genre book like science-fiction or crime thriller actually is, in terms of sheer quality, it's not allowed to score in the 9s or above unless it somehow...more
It tries to be a bit of everything, but doesn't really succeed. What really brings it down is absolutely glacial pace, and almost complete lack of plot. Even the action scenes are narrated in a way reminding one's grandfather sitting in his old chair and lazily reminiscing about his war experiences and going on all these tangents in a way which only...more
Review to come...
[Cut to the next day....] Okay, I've recovered my senses enough to put together a review now. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that this is the pinnacle of post-apocalyptic zombie fiction. I didn't think it was going to be - I was more than 60pages into the book before I realised what I was reading was pretty special - but in all the PA fiction I've read, I can't think of a more nuanced, realistic, humorous, cynical, horrific and poignant approach to...more
And, you know, apparently that degree doesn't say a damn thing, because I just found Zone One boring. I read the first twenty-five pages rather hopefully; something about t...more
It is, in a word, bleak.
Whitehead doesn’t go into the origins of the zombie apocalypse nor does he offer any scenes of derring-do as heroic...more
In haste: society gets overrun by a Zombie plague. The worst of it seems to be over, and we enter as America, this novel's specific setting, has begun to resituate itself and look ahead to breaking out of its small, scattered, quarantined communities into a nation once again. Hope for a return to normalcy; dreams of the American Phoenix (nicknamed, der...more
Flows with dense, plodding language.
Ok. Maybe it doesn't flow exactly...
This interaction between two characters late in the story sums up the entire novel perfectly.
“What do you mean?”
“I’m getting there.”
In this brief bit of dialogue, the reader could easily be the first speaker, the author the second one. And despite the author’s reass...more
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His first novel, The Intuitionist, concerned intrigue in the Department of Elevator Inspectors, and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway and a winner of the Quality Paperback Book Club's New Voices Awa...more