Figurative Language In Hitchcock's The Hot Zone

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Richard Preston does an outstanding job when making you feel as if you're reading about the apocalypse. One thinks to themselves throughout the course of the novel " This can't be real...This must be a script from an Alfred Hitchcock movie." These gruesome and violent life forms even scare experts such as Eugene Johnson, which would leave a bad taste in any civilian's mouth. I find that Preston's impressive use of figurative language and unique writing style made the work what it is, a brilliant piece of literature. He switched back and forth between Third person omniscient and first person point of views, giving an idea of everyone's personal views on the situation. The author has an extremely descriptive writing style, pulling from his journalistic…show more content…
The last excerpt I decided to use are my favorite two sentences in the entire book. It has multiple literary devices but I could not resist using both sentences. On page 355 Preston writes with an eerie undertone "Nature seemed to be closing in on us for a kill, when she suddenly turned her face away and smiled. It was a Mona Lisa smile, the meaning of which no one could figure out. " Within that short passage one can see the presence of personification, allusion and imagery. One could almost visualize a powerful, mysterious smirk appear on Mother Nature's face as she turns away. The novel The Hot Zone, is currently my favorite read. The powerful and provoking writing style of Richard Preston makes me want to dive other works by him. The fact that he can make a non fictional informative story so intriguing and addicting is a large feat. It was effective in many aspects as well. To Be able to inform the reader of a dangerous and cruel being while making the book hard to put down makes this one of my favorite books of all time. I'd recommend this to a vast bracket of bookworms. Those absorbed in the world of science all the way to book junkies looking for an engrossing fix. I hope everybody finds the time to be exposed to this genius piece of
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