I re-read this book again because it's this month's Bibliogoth book. I enjoyed it just as much the 2nd time around. This book does such a good job of analysing humanity and current world problems. Brooks uses the zombies as a tool for examining how humanity copes with wide spread crisis. Individual stories are very touching and it all comes across as very realistic, despite the fact that the main premise is there is a zombie plague! The social commentary touches on everything from the Israeli-Palestine conflict, Apartheid, Communism, Pakistan-India etc. I found his depiction of modern China to be interesting and well researched. And then there are the very personal individual stories of the survivors, military and civilian, tales of cannibalism, bravery and much much horror. While some parts are stronger than others, overall it is an excellent look at the nature of humanity.

The other reason I really like this book is that it is an Excellent example of what oral history should be. Best example of Oral history since Legs McNeil's Please Kill Me. It's not "journalistic" and comes across as well researched and well paced.

I never thought a book about zombies would be so insightful, but then I suppose the whole genre of zombie films was created to be social commentary and this really fits in with that.
FINALLY got essay marks back for term 1! 74!!!! Horray! Better than all but one of my essays on my previous MA. This puts the average for term 1 back in the Distinction category! Hell Yeah!

Off to go celebrate with dinner with [livejournal.com profile] gylfinir [livejournal.com profile] madda_gaska and of course [livejournal.com profile] beluosus


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