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Monday, November 9, 2009

Choke

Ah Chuck Palahniuk, best known as the writer of Fight Club.  Before this book I had never read any of his books, I'm always shy about jumping on bandwagons.  I decided to end the policy of self enforced snobbery and give this one a try.

Choke is not for the kids, let me get that out right now.  The first chapter is about the main character attending his sex addicts anonymous meeting and he tells the stories of all the attendees.  It's a chapter that would make Balzac blush but I laughed out loud the whole way through.

Honestly this was the funniest book I've read in a long time, the back of the book has a reviewer calling Chuck the new Vonnegut.  I disagree with that statement.  Both Palahniuk and Vonnegut use humor against a background of human tragedy, Vonnegut however seemed to be saying that we ourselves are ok, no matter how crazy we are.  Palahniuk makes us enjoy the aberrations of his characters but doesn't try to make a sick society the reason they're not ok, but the best reaction you can have is a little laughter at their expense.

I know this book has been made into a movie and I wanted to read it before I saw it.  I think I'll skip it for a while though, I was worried about the movie ruining the book because it would reveal the plot.  Now I'm worried the movie will ruin what was a good experience.

1 comment:

  1. I really want to read this - it sounded hilarious while you were reading it!

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Hey I appreciate you leaving your thoughts behind! Be well my friend.