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This was not what I expected. Like many novels about 9/11 by familiar authors, this was largely a departure from the author's other work. The story is explained in the last 15 minutes; I'm just not sure I like the explanation. What this does have in common with other Jess Walter novels is his ability to give his audience pause. The reading by Christopher Graybill is spectacular. Listen til the very end and then decide.
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I admit it; I spent the first third of the book confused. I hadn't read any reviews prior to listening so I didn't know that Brian Remy, the main character, has memory gaps. I thought my audiobook was somehow skipping around and I couldn't figure out why!
But once I realized what was going on, I just went along for the ride and found The Zero interesting and well written. The story continued to be somewhat confusing, but falling into a whatever-comes-next-I'll-just-go-with rhythm (sort of like Remy) I found a lot to enjoy and never once thought about not finishing. The comically flawed characters, especially Guterak (well, maybe he was more normal than Remy after all) and the insane situation where son Edgar is mourning the death of his (very much alive) father kept me chuckling at the absurd situations that seemed to come out of nowhere. On the other hand, the disjointed story (I don't care what it's a metaphor for or statement about!) and the unsatisfying ending prevent me from giving it more stars.
I love Walter's writing style and would recommend the book for that alone, but if this had been my first Walter read, it might have been my last.
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