ja ja, two hundred million zombies .... this is called exploitation in B movies, and it's even really really really really (n time for n 0 to etc. ) BORING to read. Especially this, which is pretty bad for a book. Bravo Brooks, done the right thing to write it if so many people thought it made sense to even think of such a book, good idea, maybe, but very bad book....Continua
Written in an unusual interview format World War Z is full of suspence, action and terror.
A New York Times Bestseller. It was sold, but I wonder who read it to the end? The book tires you and you don't seem to find the reason to go on reading it. The contributions to the chronicle are often on a similar pitch, action men talking slang, normal people who became heroes of an unconventional conflict, but everything does NOT add up to something. Almost nothing is really interesting. From my point of view, the only interesting concept is the idea of a World War against zombies, that is a story that goes beyond the usual narrative of local events seen from the point of view of a single person or a limited group of people. It is something like zombies leaking out of the movies, what happens next, or what happens globally, the view from above of the story normally narrated in the zombie movie. While conceptually the idea is appealing, so much that a successful movie could be derived from it, the narration provided by the book (I cannot call it novel because it is not novel) fails to be of any interest whatsoever from any point of view. It does not entertain, it does not touch, it does not surprise, you only want to come to an end and put the book away. On the contrary the movie entertained because a script with a real plot had to be written, a plot dealing with the mystery of the vaccine, how to cure or how to deal with the epidemic, and there is a consistent narration. In this sense the movie is far better than the book.
A note: the epidemic starts in China. This is an interesting point. Almost all the zombie movies tell us about an apocalypse, and the cause is usually one of the recognised problems of humanity at the time of the release of the movie: nuclear radiations, chemicals, biochemical or biological threats. Brooks's book goes a step further, the apocalypse has a biological origin and starts in China. Ask yourself what it is that scares us the most nowadays, and you have the ingredients of this boring but successful book. I am convinced that the success of the book is amply due to the pre-existence of a Zombies fan base of cinematographic origin.
World War Z è stato il primo libro che ho letto nel 2014, ai primi di Gennaio. Mi sono trovato ad avere molto tempo libero da impegni pratici e allora, non ricordo neanche perché, mi sono scaricato questo ebook da qualche sito, non ricordo neanche quale. Oggi che siamo a fine Ottobre inizio a scrivere dei libri che ho letto nel 2014. Questa considerazione mi serve per capire, ancora una volta, che la mia esistenza non può che essere un monumento al ritardo. Anzi, la mia vita è gioiosamente un monumento al ritardo. Sto costruendo questo monumento con mattoni fatti di minuti persi, di parole dette controtempo, di ricredimenti; questi mattoni sono cementati dal fastidio fisico che provo per qualsiasi costrizione temporale. Fastidio fisico che si traduce in tristezza. Ogni volta che ci sono un orario o una scadenza da rispettare io mi intristisco.
D'altronde il ritardo è frutto di una propensione congenita alla divagazione. Io, come essere vivente, non posso evitare di divagare. E questo post, racconta proprio questo, dovrebbe contenere un qualche pensiero che ho deciso di scrivere sul libro menzionato nel titolo invece parla d'altro....Continua
This book is not really a story about zombies. There is no flow of a "story", but rather a loosely connected series of "oral interviews" that combine to give a vague notion of an overall story. So if you're looking for gory thrills like zombies tearing up people's entrails, you'll be disappointed because that's not what the book is about (and the writing is not that absorbing anyway). Instead, the book is really a collection of the author's musings on politics, logistics, social order, human nature etc. - using zombies as a backdrop.
And his musings are inspiring. Basically the whole "story" is a what-if scenario: what would happen if the world suddenly faces a global pandemic in which humanity becomes unrecognizable? What would we do if we are on the brink of extinction, both physically and psychologically? The author is right in saying that we would be unprepared and confused, we would be disorganized and disheartened, and for most of us this would become a self-destructive spiral; but there's always some of us who would rise to the challenge, and ultimately order would be restored, though nothing like the old order anymore.
So the book is like a wake-up call. Not that there's any threat of zombies, but there are enough real global threats worth taking seriously. The reality is that our world is frail and interconnected, and this hyper-interconnectedness will only make our world even more frail, with local problems readily cascading into worldwide catastrophes....Continua