Colson Whitehead’s “Zone One”.

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Literary novelist, Colson Whitehead’s latest book, “Zone One,” Stylistically the story takes a while to settle. The author thrusts into the inevitable zombie genre in a faint reflection on love and loss in an after apocalyptic city of Manhattan which has turned out to be one that never dies. His exceptionally observational gifts and confident style makes the book a delight to read. both sad and anxiously exciting, Zone One, uses classic  tropes of zombies to create a novel that focuses much on past and present as any possible future.

On language, Whitehead has distinguished the book from other fictional and filmic zombie packs by using high quality writing (Whitehead, pg 87). This type of writing which mainly features zombies has an essentially playful merge of humor and horror. By use of words the, the world of the living is vividly brought to life. The author economizes on his wordings and gives the story some texture and punch. The novel is full of ironic cliché and an ear for phonetic plot, which brings out the book as coo land thoughtful. Whitehead writes in cinematic imagery, with a simple command of the language, a skill for comic innovation and a casual freedom. Whether stimulating with unwelcoming sadness or dry comedy, sentences of value mass up faster than the body can add up.

By gauging the use of word, Whitehead brings out the tone of the book with ease. The story is loaded with scaffold survivor wit and extremely stunning imagery. The aloofness linking the real world of the reader and the imagined world of author’s skeleton plagued New York, in all its painful sympathy and graveyard humor, disintegrates to nothing.


Colson Whitehead has effectively used style to bring out a vivid picture of the theme in the story. He has also a great command of the language which aides in bringing out both the fresh appealing tone and the pain.


Whitehead, Colson. Zone One: A Novel. London: Vintage, 2012. Print

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