Choke by Chuck Palahniuk

VIII. Choke by Chuck Palahniuk

I keep reading Chuck Palahniuk books, and I keep turning the final page and saying to the nearest person: “That was the weirdest book that I’ve ever read.”

That is, until I read another one.

Victor Mancini is a med school drop-out working as in a historically reinacted colonial village. Weird, right?

He had to drop out of school because his mother has been institutionalized. She’s completely nuts, but her care bills are skyrocketing. To supplement his pay, Victor pretends to choke in restaurants and receives the heimlich from unsuspecting do-gooders… who all have a tendency to add him to their Christmas card lists, and always send money. Getting weirder…

Oh, did I mention Victor is also a practicing sexaholic, who attends recovery meetings specifically to meet depraved and horny ladies? And that he’s two steps from nailing his mom’s doctor?

Many people name this book as Palahniuk’s finest. Personally, my tastes run more toward Diary, but this book definitely does not disappoint. I love how his books dissect human behavior to the point that the environment becomes so REAL that it’s completely unbelievable. In Fight Club, he explored comformity, counter-culture, and modern masculinity. Haunted literary competition and storytelling. I think Choke takes pure human nature and, for lack of a better word, dissects it. Love and sex and society and religion and finding peace. Don’t get me wrong – this book will provide you all the gut-wrenching disgust and sexual acts so explictly detailed you forget that you usually find sex scenes at least mildly exciting. Be prepared to look deeper.

But you’ll still shut the book and go “Damn. That was weird.”

Buy this for: your favorite hipster (who isn’t SO hipster that he’s already read it), those who loved Fight Club, or anyone who won’t run screaming from detailed descriptions of assorted kinkiness or a detailed descriptions of complications regarding colon obstruction.

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2 Comments to “Choke by Chuck Palahniuk”

  1. Excellent description of Palahniuk tales – weird. I’m halfway through Choke and love all its cooky weirdness. I’ve also read Invisible Monsters and had the same reaction you described upon finishing…weirdest book ever…until the next Palahniuk treat.

    • i don’t even think it matters what order you read them in – each one will be weirder! did you read Haunted? i made it about halfway through. one story about made me puke, which is probably the weirdest thing to ever happen to me while reading (well, listening, i had it on audio) if you’ve read it i think you know what story i’m talking about, haha 🙂

      thanks for stopping by!

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