The Zero

The Zero

eBook - 2009
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The Zero is a groundbreaking novel, a darkly comic snapshot of our times that is already being compared to the works of Franz Kafka and Joseph Heller. From its opening pages-when hero cop Brian Remy wakes up to find he's shot himself in the head-novelist Jess Walter takes us on a harrowing tour of a city and a country shuddering through the aftershocks of a devastating terrorist attack. As the smoke slowly clears, Remy finds that his memory is skipping, lurching between moments of lucidity and days when he doesn't seem to be living his own life at all. The landscape around him is at once fractured and oddly familiar: a world dominated by a Machiavellian mayor known as "The Boss," and peopled by gawking celebrities, anguished policemen peddling First Responder cereal, and pink real estate divas hyping the spoils of tragedy. Remy himself has a new girlfriend he doesn't know, a son who pretends he's dead, and an unsettling new job chasing a trail of paper scraps for a shadowy intelligence agency known as the Department of Documentation. Whether that trail will lead Remy to an elusive terror cell-or send him circling back to himself-is only one of the questions posed by this provocative yet deeply human novel. From a novelist of astounding talent, The Zero is an extraordinary story of how our trials become our transgressions, of how we forgive ourselves and whether or not we should.
Publisher: [United States]: Harper Collins Publishers , 2009
Characteristics: text file
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital
ISBN: 9780061758041
0061758043

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hummingwords
Jun 05, 2012

Lucid in the midst of confusion. Jess succeeds at forcing us to see our own reflections through the darkness of his story telling. A triumph of the post-modern novel, applicable to our lives.

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mmcla15
Jan 02, 2007

The disjointed story telling parallels the main character's memory lapses, but makes it hard to follow. So I didn't finish as it is difficult to pick up and remember yourself where it is in the plot. Perhaps if I completed, the gaps would come together and make sense. It was a recommended book, but only for a dedicated reader.

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rebmartin31
Jun 02, 2016

"'I put up a sign today that said, 'I am Pakistani not Arab!' but do you know what I think? I think I should not have to do that. I think in this country I should not have to explain that I am not a terrorist. I think these things are not anyone's business but my own.'"

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