After Quentin P, a convicted sex offender, is paroled, he embarks on a series of murders, in a chilling book that is told from Quentin's point of view as he kills and eludes the police. Reprint.
The real genius of Oates, in this and so many other of her books, is her ability to get inside a character and force us to sympathize with them, whether we want to or not. I found myself repeatedly hopeless over Quentin's prediciment, screaming at the book for him to PLEASE take his medication before matters got worse. But alas, they got worse anyway.
Oates, well traveled in academic circles, also creates in Quentin's father a character that is an ironic representation of academic approaches to the madness of human passion. The father is a respected scientist and professor, embarrassed by his son who has been convicted of a sex offense, but at the same time always willing to help him, to push him toward achievement. He perpetually steps close to seeing the true nature of Quentin's madness, but always backs away, unwilling to see the truth. Quentin sees his father as having a "corderoy face" and "pink a***ole mouth" and the reader cannot help but feel the utter ineffectuality of the father's worldview. This is highlighted when the world famous Nobel Prize winner that he so admires is posthumously discovered to have been conducting Nazi-like experiments on the mentally challenged. The father quietly takes down the photos he had of himself with the Nobel Prize winner but defends his honor saying there is no way such a thing could be true. Again, the father who is supposed to be scientifically minded, is the least oriented toward fact.
Although Zombie hardly makes good beach reading, it is an infintely worthwhile read
A: BECAUSE IT'S SHORT SO IT DOESN'T RAMBLE ON ABOUT NOTHING... IT GETS TO THE POINT.
AND B: BECAUSE IT IS DARK AND DISTURBING.
ITS ABOUT THIS 30 YEAR OLD MAN THAT WANTS TO MAKE HIS OWN ZOMBIE (BY WAY OF LABOTOMY) SO HE CAN HAVE A SLAVE.
HE IS VERY TWISTED WITHOUT REALIZING IT.
YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO PUT THIS BOOK DOWN...READ IT!!