Friday, October 14, 2011

Zombies? No, no, no, It’s Death and Love and Eternity: A Review of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s HANDLING THE UNDEAD

Loved this book.

I think calling it a 'horror' book is a bit misleading. It is more of a look at how society handles the subject of death, its fear and intolerance that can lead to its own destruction. There is very little that is graphic or typical 'horror'.

That said, it is an amazing book which deals with the subject of mortality and afterlife in a unique and multi-faceted way. The way we love, the way we grieve, the way we die, is all interwoven in letting go or holding on, squelching or freeing the soul.

The view of a mindless innocence that can turn into unremorseful destruction in the presence of hatred is also a powerful subject in the book, and one that might not be anticipated.

We all see death in our own way, some might see it as a moving on to something more, a release and relief from the turmoil of life, but most see it as a frightening unknown. I love how he represents death that way, seen differently by all, not just a ‘fear’, but an image of its meaning.

I would recommend this read to almost anyone, just don't be expecting horror movie zombies or fast paced killing at every turn. It'll make you think, not scream.

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