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Zombie (1995)

by Joyce Carol Oates

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Zombie is a classic novel of dark obsession from the extraordinary Joyce Carol Oates. A brilliant, unflinching journey into the mind of a serial killer, Zombie views the world through the eyes of Quentin P., newly paroled sex offender, as he chillingly evolves from rapist to mass murderer. Joyce Carol Oates--the prolific author of so many extraordinary bestsellers, including The Gravediggers Daughter, Blonde, and The Falls--demonstrates why she ranks among America's most respected and accomplished literary artists with this provocative, breathtaking, and disturbing masterwork.… (more)
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Quite disturbing and unremittingly unnerving, this short book puts you inside the mind of a remorseless serial killer. The real horror here is the mundane and matter of fact way in which the murderer views his crimes, completely devoid of any human sympathy. ( )
  Autolycus21 | Oct 10, 2023 |
Disturbing, boring, and pointless. ( )
  LynnMPK | Jun 29, 2023 |
Chi uccide gli altri uccide solo se stesso.

L'ho letto ieri sera prima di andare a dormire e menomale che non ho avuto incubi ( )
  HelloB | Apr 11, 2023 |
DSKSGHSGDK WHAT THE FUCK JOYCE. I will never forgive you for that ending. I almost threw my Kindle across the room. ( )
  pagemother | Apr 5, 2023 |
3.0

This is a difficult read. It is a glance into the mind of a serial killer modeled after Jeffrey Dahmer. It discusses everything from his twisted perspective which is steeped in selfish privilege, hate, and racism. This is much like Dahmer who spent an existence enabled to commit his crimes against POC because his parents afforded him opportunities, lawyers, and a disturbing level of the benefit of the doubt. Also because white society tends to not care what happens to these people, which Oates also addresses.

I had to digest this in small bites (no pun intended) because it is very graphic and disturbing. It is also somewhat difficult to read because it is like the mad scribbling of the damned. Punctuation and sentence structure is out the window. It was a fair portrayel, but still somehow lacked depth, therefore I couldn't give it more than a low three stars. ( )
  Jonez | Sep 23, 2022 |
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Zombie is a classic novel of dark obsession from the extraordinary Joyce Carol Oates. A brilliant, unflinching journey into the mind of a serial killer, Zombie views the world through the eyes of Quentin P., newly paroled sex offender, as he chillingly evolves from rapist to mass murderer. Joyce Carol Oates--the prolific author of so many extraordinary bestsellers, including The Gravediggers Daughter, Blonde, and The Falls--demonstrates why she ranks among America's most respected and accomplished literary artists with this provocative, breathtaking, and disturbing masterwork.

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