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Zone One [Kindle Edition]

Colson Whitehead
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“It's a book you want to read rather than one you should read…while still providing the chilling, fleshy pleasures of zombies who lurch, pursue, hunger. . . . One of the best books of the year.” —Esquire

"Whitehead writes with economy, texture and punch. . . . A cool, thoughtful and, for all its ludic violence, strangely tender novel, a celebration of modernity and a pre-emptive wake for its demise." —The New York Times Book Review

 “Uniquely affecting. . . . A rich mix of wartime satire and darkly funny social commentary. . . . Whether charged with bleak sadness or bone-dry humor, sentences worth savoring pile up faster than the body count.” —The Los Angeles Times

"A zombie story with brains. . . . [Whitehead is a] certifiably hip writer who can spin gore into macabre poetry.” —The Washington Post

"Zone One is not the work of a serious novelist slumming it with some genre-novel cash-in, but rather a lovely piece of writing...Whitehead picks at our nervousness about order's thin grip, suggesting just how flimsy the societal walls are that make possible our hopes and dreams and overly complicated coffee orders." —Entertainment Weekly
 
"Colson Whitehead's Zone One isn't your typical zombie novel; it trades fright-night fodder for empathy and chilling realism…yielding a haunting portrait of a lonely, desolate, and uncertain city." —Elle
 
"The stylistic exuberance on display would be overwhelming if it weren't so well controlled, shifting weightlessly from M*A*S*H-style battle narrative to a melancholic Blade Runner-like vision of Urban devastation. . . . The smallest of details is marked by originality of language." —The New Statesman
 
“Leave it to the supremely thoughtful and snarkily funny Whitehead to do interesting things with a topic that lately has seated itself in the public’s imagination. . . . Not just a juicy experiment in genre fiction but a brilliantly disguised meditation on a ‘flatlined culture’ in need of its own rejuvenating psychic jolt.” —The Seattle Times
 
“If you’re going to break down and read a zombie novel, make it this one.” —The Wall Street Journal
 
“Stylishly entertaining. . . . [Whitehead’s] sentences are interesting, his plotting brisk, his descriptions lucid, and his asides clever.” —The Plain Dealer
 
“In precise, elegant prose [Whitehead] deliberately layers the ever more disturbing elements of the story, one upon the other, allowing the reader to discover the horror in the same fragmentary manner we imagine frantic survivors might. . . . Resembles Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. . . . An intense meditation on the way we cope with disaster and the stubborn, often inexplicable, persistence of the human will to survive.” —Minneapolis Star-Tribune
 
 “A sharp commentary on the rat race of contemporary life. . . . Zone One lifts all the gore and gunfire and oozy bits one might expect from the genre. But this is Whitehead, so there’s also popular culture to critique and parallels to draw between zombies and contemporary society.” —The Houston Chronicle
 
[Whitehead] takes the genre of horror fiction, mines both its sense of humor and self-seriousness, and emerges with a brilliant allegory of New York living.” —New York Observer
 
"Highbrow novelist Colson Whitehead plunges into the unstoppable zombie genre in this subtle meditation on loss and love in a post-apocalyptic Manhattan, which has become the city that never dies." —USA Today

"For-real literary—gory, lyrical, human, precise." —GQ

"A satirist so playful that you often don't even feel his scalpel, Whitehead toys with the shards of contemporary culture with an infectious glee. Here he upends the tropes of the zombie story in the canyons of lower Manhattan. Horror has rarely been so unsettling, and never so grimly funny." —The Daily Beast

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PRAISE FOR "ZONE ONE"
"""THE BEST BOOK OF THE FALL...provides the chilling, fleshy pleasures of zombies who lurch, pursue, hunger...while brilliantly reformulating an old-hat genre."
--"Esquire
""If you're going to break down and read a zombie novel, make it this one."
"--The Wall Street Journal
""""[Whitehead] takes the genre of horror fiction, mines both its sense of humor and self-seriousness, and emerges with a brilliant allegory of New York living."
-- "New York Observer"
"A zombie story with brains...Readers who wouldn't ordinarily creep into a novel festooned with putrid flesh might be lured by this certifiably hip writer who can spine gore into macabre poetry...Everything comes to life in this perfectly paced, horrific, 40-page finale shot through with grim comedy and desolate wisdom about the modern age in all its poisonous, contaminating rage. It's a remarkable episode, but elevated by the power of Whitehead's prose to the level of those other ash-covered nightmares imagined by T.S. Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Cormac MacCarthy.
--Ron Charles, "The Washington Post"

"Whitehead writes with a sharp, descriptive power, reeling off one pithy observation after the next in a way that invests this post-apocalyptic world with a surprisingly tactile presence."
"--The Associated Press"
"Whitehead, himself a New Yorker, writes about Spitz's travails in the brooding, vertical metropolis with a dark poetry, which makes this harrowing tale not just a juicy experiment in genre fiction but a brilliantly disguised meditation on a "flatlined culture" in need of its own rejuvenating psychic jolt."
"--The Seattle Times"
"Highbrow novelist Colson Whitehead plunges into the unstoppable zombie genre in this subtle meditation on loss and love in a post-apocalyptic Manhattan, which has become the city that never dies."
"--USA Today
""For-real literary -- gory, lyrical, human, precise."
"--GQ
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Mittelmäßig, außer wenn's ums Überleben geht 29. Januar 2012
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Am Ende, das hier nicht verraten sei, wird der Name "Mark Spitz", den die Soldaten der Hauptfigur verpaßt haben, noch einmal zu einer Pointe. Bis dahin folgen wir dem nach einer Zombie-Seuche rekrutierten ehemaligen Social Media-Schreiberling durch ein gespenstisches New York. Statt Kommentare zu den Kommentaren der Kunden über die Kaffee-im-Becher-Kette zu verfassen, killt er jetzt Zombie-artige Opfer jener Seuche, die das Land befallen hat. von Buffalo, der neuen Hauptstadt aus, mühen sich die Überlebenden, die Kontrolle über die Megalopolis zu erlangen. Das bedeutet vor allem Säuberungen, im Klartext: Erschießen der Untoten. Bei einem schlechteren Autor wie Whithead wäre damit auch schon alles gesagt zum Text, doch vor allem der fast archäologische Blick auf das urbane Leben vor der "Seuche", das bei jeder Wohnungsdurchsuchung aufblitzt, sorgt für Momente des Wiederkennens und der Heiterkeit. Dass der Protagonist vor allem seiner Mittelmäßgikeit, dem Nur-durchkommen-wollen, sein Überleben verdankt, ist eine sympthische Note vom Standpunkt von uns allen, die wir es auch nie nach oben schaffen (oder das gar nicht wollen).

So sind es vor allem die nachdenklichen und selbstironischen Passagen, die in Erinnerung bleiben. Für Freunde des Zombie-Genres wird vor allem die relative Ereignislosigkeit das Buch zu keinem Renner werden lassen. Doch gerade darin dürfte der Reiz des Themas - das ja von den Stoffen Jane Austens bis Mark Twains derzeit alle "ansteckt", ohne dass es Gegenwhre der toten Autoren gäbe - für Whitehead gelegen sein. Wie sehr er sich auf eine Medienwelt und ihre Mechanismen versteht, hat ja das grandiose "
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Boring, boring Apokalypse 24. März 2014
Von Andidi
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
The style of the author is a bit too confused. The switches between the characters status quo and his reminiscences are not really marked in the text and as such often a bit confusing. Furthermore: The main charakter is boring, the perfetc average. He is supposed to be this, okay. But this does not allow to understand him, see him as interesting or special or likeable. He is so "whatever", that I find myself unable to care about him. Worse, his sitation and job in the almost-post-apokalypse-cleanup-of-NY is boring too.

All in all, not one of the better zombie books.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Not what you'd expect 30. Mai 2012
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Loved this story. Certainly not what I'd expect from Colson. But very well put together, and continues to show what a wordsmith he is. Well done.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Coulda' been a contenda... 28. Oktober 2011
Von Robert Johnson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Did I like this book? Yes, actually. Instead of splatter, gore and terror, the author chose to think out (which seems to trouble some reviewers no end) what it would be like to try to live within a collapsed society, with a collapsed psyche and collapsed dreams. Instead of inventing heroic and invincible characters to slash and crash their way through hopeless situations, Whitehead's characters, each one flawed and vulnerable, bumble and stumble their way to another day of survival, which is how most real human beings are, after all. The idea of this zombie book was not to be like the other ones, but to work out daily life in which all norms have been shattered, and in which the common and regular are - then as now - the pawns of the great and mighty.

That said, Whitehead is this book's worst enemy. He takes every opportunity to show off his inventiveness, preen his considerable literary plumage and display his intimate acquaintance with the thesaurus. In playing with the narrative thread and timeline, sometimes just because he can, he adds unnecessary stress to what is not a terribly sturdy plot in the first place. Perhaps as he matures, he will write to make the story the thing instead of himself. If this book had 35% less exhibitionism and 30% more plot, it could have been a real showpiece. Instead, it is a pleasant, if sometimes tedious diversion written by an obviously talented, but all-too-self-indulgent author.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen a tedious but amusing read 10. September 2011
Von Jordan Michel - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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If like me you were excited to hear that a well-respected, intellectual author has ventured into the apocalypse genre, I should warn you, Zone One is not The Road (Oprah's Book Club). The Road had characters and a relationship that you could connect to and an engaging plot. Zone One has none of that. It has a main character whose most notable feature is his mediocrity, a few moments of mild suspense, and an unbearably tedious pace.

It seems that the reviews for this book are distinctly divided. Fans of the zombie/apocalypse genre have offered some pretty scathing reviews and low ratings. Fans of "literary fiction" are giving it a bit more credit. I'm generally more aligned with the literary fiction readers, but I think the zombie fans have some legitimate criticisms.

The main criticism against this book seems to be the lack of plot, and I can't disagree. A lot of the book is mildly amusing; it's just not very compelling. Even the (rare) engaging passages are frequently interrupted by reflections about the past, which significantly slow the pace. It took me about three time as long as it should have to finish the book, because I literally fell asleep within a few pages nearly every time I picked it up.

Although there's little plot, the book's main character is somewhat interesting. He's survived a long time since the "Last Night." His survival, though, is not due to his courage, strength, or cleverness. He's completely average with the exception of his cockroach-like survival instinct. Although readers are unlikely to fall in love with Mark Spitz, he provides an amusing lens for this story.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Many Words Do Not a Story Make 26. April 2012
Von D. Julian - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I think Whitehead suffers from a problem which is all too common among those who hold their own intellect in the highest regard. He's boring, and he doesn't know it. He holds forth like an armchair philosopher at a dinner party while his audience is secretly hoping for another drink.

He also apparently suffers from a complete lack of knowledge of humanity. Perhaps this is an unfortunate philosophical commitment on Whitehead's part. His characters are fixed, static, cesspools--they do not change; they do not learn; they do not grow. Perhaps he thinks this is the way in which all people really operate. If so, I feel badly for him.

Worse yet--a post-apocalyptic tale involving zombies (and involving even zombies that do not move or threaten harm) offers a wide range of philosophical and ethical issues with which to grapple. Somehow, the author misses most of these and chooses to focus on one issue--that the protagonist is mediocre and therefore somehow apt for the situation at hand. It's infuriating and ultimately demoralizing. John Gardner put it best: "Fiddling with the hairs on an elephant's nose is indecent when the elephant happens to be standing on the baby."

I really wanted to like Zone One. I forced myself through to the end in the hopes that at some point it would move beyond mere character sketch and into the realm of story. It never did. This likely results from what I just mentioned--his characters never learn, change, or grow. If they did, this sketch would move towards story.

In Zone One, Whitehead demonstrated that he can obviously write, but he cannot tell a story.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Whitehead's Best Book Since "The Intuitionist" 27. August 2011
Von A. Ross - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Where to begin? I suppose I should start by saying that while I come from that tribe of geeks that love all things zombie-related (films, comics, videogames, boardgames, etc.), I ran out of enthusiasm for the genre a few years ago. The template for the zombie story is just too confining, there's not that much new or different to be done with it. However, despite this weariness for the genre, I immediately picked this up because it was a Colson Whitehead book. He's one of the few authors whom I will actually rush out to buy (others include Michael Chabon, Nick Hornby, and George Pelecanos, just to name a few -- Jonathan Lethem used to be on the list, but no longer). That said, my experience with his books has been a slow slide of diminishing returns: I loved (and still love) his debut The Intuitionist, his second book (John Henry Days) is flawed but still fully engaging, the third book (Apex Hides the Hurt) felt like a slight trifle, and his most recent book (Sag Harbor) was just too personal for me to connect with. However, this is an excellent book in which Whitehead combines his controlled freestyling prose with the unforgiving, bleak tone of Cormac McCarthy's The Road or No Country for Old Men, in order to document the downfall of his beloved Manhattan, and indeed, the American empire. Many people (including the publicist who wrote the back cover copy) seem to be mistakenly using the word "satire" to describe the book -- it's not a satire, it's a scathing, raging critique of modern America.

Don't pick this up expecting a literary "take" on the zombie action thriller, a few scenes aside, there isn't much action. The bulk of the book takes place inside the protagonist's head, as he trudges around a mostly-safe part of Manhattan as part of a three-person militia unit "sweeping" the blocks for stray zombies the Marines missed when they secured this part of the island. As they clear Manhattan for the impending resettlement, he mentally documents the pre-"Last Night" world and its ridiculous concerns, ranging from consumer items to real estate to sitcoms, and so on. There are plenty of flashbacks to his year on the run in the wilderness, and we get plenty of stories from other characters about where they were when it all came crashing down. These provide the necessary "what would I do" moments which are integral to the zombie genre (and many other horror genres for that matter), but make no mistake, this book is only headed to one place. There's only three ways a zombie story can end, good, bad, or setup for the sequel, and I'm not spoiling anything by telling you that Whitehead is not interested in building any suspense, because every so often he'll slip in a direct statement that tells you it's not going to end well. The book is told from the perspective of a Sunday, and the "action" mainly unfolds over the previous two days, with lots of flashbacks to earlier times. I suppose this flashback within a flashback chronology might be confusing to some people, but I never had a problem with it.

It's nothing new to use genre forms to tell allegorical tales, and American materialism has been skewered by the zombie-maestro himself, George Romero, in Dawn of the Dead. But the sheer skill at work here makes this well worth reading, whether you're a zombie enthusiast, a fan of Whitehead's, or just a lover of interesting fiction.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Wow, this was horrible. 21. Mai 2012
Von jreed - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
I have only skipped through a book a few times because it was so irritating and horrible. I will not exaggerate because I don't have to for it too seem as bad as it is. Here are the issues:

1. It feels like he challenged himself to use every big word in the English language.....in every chapter. I don't mind big words and I fully understand them. However, I don't need an author to use a minimum of 1 in every sentence. We know you are smart. You don't have to prove it in ever other word.

2. You don't have to describe everything he sees, smells, touches, or imagines. I was one description away from freaking out and that was on page 4.

3. This is a Zombie book in the way Harry Potter is a movie about kids at school. Yea, it is in there, but it is an afterthought to the real purpose of the book......which seems to be to find out how many words he can use to actually say nothing. Example?

"When they stepped into the lawyers' suite they stumbled into a sophisticated grotto, as if the floor has been dealt into the building from some more upscale deck. In the waiting room, their helmet lights roved over the perplexing gemoetric forms in the carpet that they sullied with their combat boots, the broad panels of dark zebra wood covering the walls with elegant surety, and the low, sleek furniture that promised bruises yet, when tested, compressed one's body according to newly discovered princliples of somatic harmony."

Um.............What? You are talking about looking for zombies in a building and this is your description? If "Somatic harmony" is an exciting phrase for your zombie movies, by all means, grap this book because I don't remember hearing that phrase in The Walking Dead!
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