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05 October 2008 @ 08:05 pm
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Choke, Chuck Palahniuk

These reviews grow steadily more uninteresting as I persist in reading books I actually enjoy. OOPS. But, like. This book. Was I supposed to be shocked? I didn't see any 'nightmarish visions' in it, unlike the Literary Review. Neither did I think his portrait of American society was 'grotesque', so it's probably a good thing I don't write for the Times.



One thing that bugged the ever-living crap out of me was his use of 'dog' as a euphemism for penis. In light of the subject matter and blase discussion of all kinds of kinky shit, a word like that seemed unbearably coy. I suppose using a standard term would have made it too much like porn. idek. If his aim was to render the whole concept that bit more unappealing, well - it worked. But seriously. The longer I think about it, the more it annoys me.

I must say I read this book at a perfect time in my life. I'm feeling completely disillusioned with education and learning and ambition and career paths and five-year plans and pension plans and plans in general. If I'd been more with it in general, I'd probably also be more scathing of the 'destroy the world in order to create it' or whatever ethos of this book. But hey! Any time you need validation for feeling totally apocalyptic, pick up Choke. They go together like fish and fish wine. (Yeah, I don't know.)

Funny thing is, though, while I enjoyed this a lot, I'm in no way inclined to rush out and buy another Palahniuk bible. I read Invisible Monsters over four months ago. It seems wise to leave a gap. One of the final meds told me about one time he took Ritalin, which is all the go among certain cliques as a study aid. He read an entire, two-inch thick computer science manual in one night and, he claims, can remember it all. That's what reading Palahniuk feels like. Too much at once would fuck up your brain.

Never understimate the power of a medical degree for getting you laid.

OH HOW I LAUGHED.

Nobody in the 1730s had a goatee, His Governess will lecture Denny.
And Denny will sass him back, "Maybe the real cool colonists did."


Actually no, because goatees never were and never will be cool. SRY.

I'd call the following inspirational quotes, only they're more like anti-inspiration.

"We've taken the world apart," she says, "but we have no idea what to do with the pieces."

That you had to risk your life to get love. You had to get right to the edge of death to ever be saved.

"That's the big goal," she said. "To find a cure for knowledge."

HOLLA.

"Anything you can aquire," she says, "is only another thing you'll lose."

SERIOUSLY. It should come with a warning: 'Don't read unless you already think the world is a bust, otherwise you'll finish it and want to kill yourself.'



Previously, on Book Glomp 2008:
Middlemarch | Invisible Monsters | A Thousand Splendid Suns | Love in the Time of Cholera | Oscar and Lucinda | Kim | Breakfast at Tiffany's | Atonement | To the Lighthouse | On the Road | Brideshead Revisited | Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance | Bonjour Tristesse | A Passage to India | Three Men in a Boat | Vile Bodies | Prozac Nation | The Heart of the Matter | Jinx; Airhead | Doomsday Book | The Gum Thief
 
 
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queen of pain: harry potter: slytherin: sarcasmn_isfor_neville on October 5th, 2008 07:18 pm (UTC)
Choke is actually my least favorite Palahniuk book. I didn't think it was clever and I was just overall bored with it. I haven't read all of his books yet, but I really liked Invisible Monsters, Lullaby, and Haunted. Diary wasn't bad either, but I read it after Choke, so it seemed amazing by comparison.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: bands Cobra Vicky-Tscoradh on October 5th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
I s'pose I'll just have to wait till I've read more of his books to come up with a similar rating system. :D And since I just heard there's a new Pterry out, I'll HAVE to buy that first...
a work in progresswintersjuly on October 6th, 2008 01:30 am (UTC)
dog?

REALLY?

seriously, i haven't even come across that in badfic yet and i've read some - uh, special ones.

(yes, nation's his new book. it's got nothing to do with discworld, but i've just started in on it and it's pretty promising so far)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: bands PATD Ryan hatscoradh on October 6th, 2008 07:03 am (UTC)
OH YES.

It's such a MAN thing to call it.

(I checked it out on amazon. It looks well interesting, but I get the feeling it's going to make me cry...)
Lord Marmaduke Newbrycatsmeat on October 6th, 2008 08:22 am (UTC)
< is a man.

I'd never call my wang 'dog'. Penis works so well!
Lord Marmaduke Newbrycatsmeat on October 6th, 2008 08:20 am (UTC)
Goatees won't ever be cool, but moustaches certainly are.