Review: Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Another vacation, another audiobook (as well as another housing disaster).  This time it’s Jack Finney’s horror classic, Invasion of the Body Snatchers.  Now after my slight disapointment with other novel turned iconic film last week I went into this with a small sense of worry.

Fortunately that proved to be entirely uncalled for as the book proved to be far superior to what I had envisioned.  Beforehand I was imagining a book filled with Red Scare/Joe McCarthy inflected paranoia that I felt had become synonymous with this work.  None of that is actually here, instead what’s present is one of the purest examples of the horror genre.  

The essence of horror is about discovering that the world around does not actually conform to your view of it.  Most of the time this is simply manifested by some peril faced by the protagonists, showing that the world is simply more frightening or dangerous.  But here the central premise is that the world contains things that entirely defy explaination.  

This is flat out one of the best horror novels I have ever read, and all the adaptations of it that exist are only pale immitations.

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One Comment on “Review: Invasion of the Body Snatchers”

  1. Descartes Says:

    It was a very good listen.

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