Hailed as a milestone in zombie mythology, this prominent bestseller by Max Brooks has received quite a bit of attention ever since its publication in 2006.
The premise behind it is simple, butexecuted with skill: a lone journalist sets out to record an oral history of the Zombie War, which came to an end nearly ten years earlier. He does this through a series of interviews with varioussurvivors – from smugglers to politicians to military personnel, and others who witnessed the rise of the undead firsthand… and faced the consequences.
As has already been noted, Brooks eschews traditionallinear storytelling in favor of loosely connected vignettes. This pseudo-historical account format allows us to see the outbreak, not only from the individual’s perspective, but also from a worldwidepoint of view. And, it gives the author freedom to mess around with his characters: some appear only briefly, while others pop up more than once.
Criticism has been leveled at World War Z for beingchoppy; and some have complained that it “doesn’t have a main character.” Boo-hoo. The same could be said of most documentaries (which is essentially what this book models itself after). Brooks is notinterested in creating a single person for readers to get attached to, and neither is his story meant to flow with the connectedness of a novel. It’s a history, a series of interviews and flashbacks.Of course it’s going to be disjointed.
And stop whining about main characters – they’re overrated.
Brooks’ injects plenty of creativity into his narrative, and his writing is first-rate
Sexualcontent is virtually non-existent, save for a couple of crude references that pop up here and there. Violence is par the course. But while most authors use zombie fiction as an excuse to radically up thegore-factor, Brooks’ shows a surprising amount of restraint. There still a fair amount of it, and some of it is gruesome. But we aren’t forced to wade through endless descriptions of severed heads,...
Leer documento completo
Regístrate para leer el documento completo.