The End of October

  • Book
  • By Lawrence Wright 
  • Reviewed by Craig

The following are out of 5

Racial Representation: 3

LGBTQ+ Representation: 2

Disability Representation: 4

Body Size Representation: 2

Gender Representation: 4

Socioeconomic Representation: 3

Mental Health Representation: 2

Religious Representation: 5

Own Voice: No

**This review contains spoilers**

The book describes a terrible virus that appears to start in a camp halfway around the world and although countries and the WHO try to contain it, it spreads. It quickly becomes a world-wide pandemic. The resulting pages are about the spread, the countries and doctors who try to contain it and what happens to the world as the virus is uncontrolled. It is also about several people’s journey with life, death, religion, growing up, managing life in this new reality.

With regards to representation… The main character is a mildly disabled white male of small stature due to a childhood illness(disability/body size). He is also an atheist who encounters many people of different faiths from around the world and appears to gain faith toward the end of the book (religion). People of many colors and nationalities and faiths are represented. If I recall, there may have been one mention of LGBQT+, but if any it was a fleeting mention…

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