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Zone One by Colson Whitehead
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Nov 19, 2011

it was amazing
Read in November, 2011

I saw a review by Glen Duncan (The Last Werewolf) in the NY Times book section about Zone One. He talked about a literary writer doing a zombie book, and that being like an intellectual in a relationship with a porn star. It was a provocative and thoughtful review, so I had to read the book. Our public library had it on audio, so I could get to it right away while commuting.

It's a zombie book, but examines the nature of people. A plague hits the world, turning people into zombies. A lot of the people left were the underachievers and B students who manage to slip by and survive, while the more up-front can't grasp what's going down and die. He examines the nature of people under duress. The language is just wonderful, and there is enough thought to keep me interested w/o being really weighty. It's like really high-class junk food with flax seeds in it.

The ending is enigmatic - no big solutions.

It was an enjoyable read, and one I'd go back to for the sheer joy of his words. Read Glen Duncan's NY Times review.
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