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The Zero by Jess Walter
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Jun 10, 2009

it was amazing

Given the book centers around the 9/11 attacks, I feared Walters might stray into the banal -- relying on the inherent emotion connected with 9/11. I can clearly state that this was not the case. In fact, this book borders on genius. It reads like Kazuo Ishiguro meets George Orwell in contemporary America. I think many people may be bothered by or dislike the choppy narrative design; however, the skips and gaps in the story line and the main character's memory are what tie the story together and make it poignant rather than some sort of political diatribe. Walter takes the reader along with his main character to create a searing exploration into truth, right and wrong, memory, sense of self, politics and society -- to name a few.

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message 1: by Deidre (new)

Deidre Alexi - I love the description that the book is Ishiguro meets Orwell. I have to say that I struggled through one of Ishiguro's books and gave up on the second. It was just too tough for me. Was it depressing? (Not that it really matters since I read very depressing books.)

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