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The Zero

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  • Posted March 9, 2011

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    Jess Walter...wonderful as always

    I always enjoy reading novels by Jess Walter, and I am always impressed by his ability to tell a really excellent story while emphasizing so many important and timely themes. This novel is another great example of those abilities. The main narrative is a wildly entertaining thriller, told in dissociative flashes and brief cryptic moments, it's a page-turner where the final piece doesn't fall into place until the very last pages. What really impressed me about this book is how perceptive the author was to have written this book in 2006. Walter hits on important contemporary issues faced by Americans in a post 9/11 world. He raises questions about torture, executive authority, agency jurisdiction, post-traumatic stress disorder-- all issues that have been covered by the media since the fall of the Towers in 2001. Walter also hints at the forthcoming financial crisis as one character breaks down over the arbitrary nature of mortgage backed securities-- and this book was written in 2006, well before most Americans knew anything about the mortgage debacle that was to bring down the U.S. economy in 2008. While Walter's subsequent novel, The Financial Lives of the Poets, deals with the financial crisis in more detail, I did find it interesting that he seemed to be on top of this issue so early.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2010

    Really, really enjoyed Parts 1 and 2

    If I were to rate this book solely on (a complete version of) parts 1 and 2, I probably would have given it 5 stars.

    I loved the surrealism, and the writing in parts 1 and 2. They were beautifully written.

    But the book just completely lost me at part 3.

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

    Fascinating read!

    Jess Walter is an absolutely original writer. All of his books reveal a sharp wit and the ability to completely inhabit a character and The Zero is no exception. This is not another Ground Zero book. This is a look at the lives of 3-dimensional characters that happens to take place after 9-11. It is captivating and heartbreaking, capturing much of the fallout (physical and emotional) of that event and its aftermath. This could easily have devolved into sentimentality or caricatured depictions of first responders and victims, but Walter keeps it straight, with vivid descriptions of the City, the people, and the events and a concise writing style full of energy and original perspective. Highly recommended.

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