biblio_mom's review against another edition
My thoughts for each parts :
Part 1 : Author introduced all and each one of the characters very well. This does not happened only in part 1, but the rest as well. The story lines, plots, settings and characters has been written structurely.
Part 2 : I laughed at a point, where Zebulon tries to say his first word after his resurrection. Let me tell you. I think this is the first time I actually laugh while reading! And also, this is the part where the his violence continues on from the last pages of part 1. But its not really violent. So it can be read by the youngsters.
Part 3 : Now. I am really desperate to know how did he got resurrectes? By who? Barker? Im confused!
Part 4 : from desperate to know how he got resurrected, i got distracted completely by this part
biblio_mom's review against another edition
He does not eat & drink, does not sleep, bleed & breath, but he have feelings. He stays 17 years old though he lives a decade. He fell in love, became a thug, does odd jobs, went to a different countries, fight in the World War 1, became a movie extra, got involved up by the most controversional woman in Hollywood, became an astronaut, joined the Nazi, become a cult leader. He does EVERYTHING and that is why it makes it irresistable to continue reading!
It took a lot of patience reading this duology not just because both of them are 1413 pages, but the way he talks, oh boy, there is nothing decent coming out from his mouth. As a mother myself, I feel like stuffing chillis in his mouth
seneca_magpie's review against another edition
- Plot- or character-driven? Character
- Strong character development? It's complicated
- Loveable characters? It's complicated
- Diverse cast of characters? Yes
- Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes
This book is meant to make you uncomfortable. If you read it and recoiled, then Kraus did his job as an author. There were many instances where I found myself shaking my head in horror and/or disbelief. "The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Vol. 1" is not a pretty book. It's a tragic, gory story about a dead teen walking through life, passing through the centuries.
I give it a 4/5. It was a masterclass in abjection, but I'll need a few days before reading the sequel. This one stays on the shelf.
Content Warnings (in no particular order): Gore, Death, Sex, Derogatory Language (aka slurs), Self Harm, Suicide, War, Murder, Violence
Graphic: Violence, Gore, Torture, War, and Child death
Moderate: Racial slurs, Suicide attempt, Suicidal thoughts, Adult/minor relationship, Suicide, Racism, Child death, and Death of parent
Minor: Drug use and Fire/Fire injury
xtine's review against another edition
rabbitandtree's review against another edition
reading this is like browsing through an autobiography of a madman (a sophisticated one, that is) that grew even more morbid yet amusing by the minute.
this book has been a journey through a lifetime. wait, it hasn’t even been a lifetime yet cause it was only half of his lifetime (volume one out of two). YET SOOOO MUCH HAPPENED IN A SPAN OF FIFTY YEARS. FIFTY YEARS OF THIS SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD BOY-CORPSE.
This one hell of a story is grotesque, full of action, emotional trainwreck, amusing and f*cked up in so many ways.
and i must say, i did enjoy the story. but this one is for sure a book that’s not to be rushed through.
(TW: graphic violence, physical abuse, sexual abuse, suicide, suicidal thoughts, racial slurs, profanity)
cford04's review against another edition
rebecca_maybe's review against another edition
It's odd to rate a book five stars and not neccessarily recommend it. The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Vol. 1 was excellent, though I'd never re-read it, and I think many (if not most) readers would find it particularly unenjoyable.
Kraus' writing is stunning. His use of language made the novel vivid and, at times, violently disturbing. Categorically, this books leans toward historical horror, though it's written as a memoir. The main character is unlikable, sometimes detestable, but unfailing human. I found myself rooting for Finch despite never actually believing in his ability to be good.
The novel is bleak, and it's long, and it has no discernable path save the general direction of one man's disturbingly long life. It isn't happy. It's barely hopeful. But the brushes of goodness and joy feel earned and the reader finds themself clinging to them like Finch does. Perhaps that's the most bizarre thing about this book--it makes the reader empathize with an awful, 19th century gangster who lives forever at 17.
Anyone wishing to read this book should download a sample or grab it from the library--you'll know fairly quickly if it's something you want to look at for 600+ pages.
sydthekyd31's review against another edition
acej8's review against another edition
But I digress. The only qualms I've had with Vol. 1, were mainly that it wasn't set earlier in U.S. history, say starting around the early colonization/Revolutionary beginnings. I would have loved to see how Finch interacted during the revolution, and The Civil War. However Kraus' writing, whatever shortfalls may be, mixed with Heyborn's narration are enthralling, descriptive, and entertaining. Couldn't ask for much more!