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"Art never comes from happiness." So says Mancini's mother only a few pages into the novel. Given her own dicey and melodramatic style of parenting, you would think that her son's life would be chock-full of nothing but art. Alas, that's not the case. In the fine tradition of Oedipus, Stephen Dedalus, and Anthony Soprano, Victor hasn't quite reconciled his issues with his mother. Instead, he's trawling sexual-addiction recovery meetings for dates and purposely choking in restaurants for a few moments of attention. Longing for a hug, in other words, he's settling for the Heimlich.
Thematically, this is pretty familiar Palahniuk territory. It would be a pity to disclose the surprises of the plot, but suffice it to say that what we have here is a little bit of Tom Robbins's Another Roadside Attraction, a little bit of Don DeLillo's The Day Room, and, well, a little bit of Fight Club. Just as with Fight Club and the other two novels under Palahniuk's belt, we get a smattering of gloriously unflinching sound bites, including this skeptical bit on prayer chains: "A spiritual pyramid scheme. As if you can gang up on God. Bully him around."
Whether this is the novel that will break Palahniuk into the mainstream is hard to say. For a fourth book, in fact, the ratio of iffy, "dude"-intensive dialogue to interesting and insightful passages is a little higher than we might wish. In the end, though, the author's nerve and daring pull the whole thing off--just barely. And what's next for Victor Mancini's creator? Leave the last word to him, declaring as he does in the final pages: "Maybe it's our job to invent something better.... What it's going to be, I don't know." --Bob Michaels --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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A very strange book, but look at the author. My son recommended it, but was a slow read for me. It didn't just hold my attention as other books. Still a pretty good book though.Published 3 days ago by 1mjslove
So I'm obviously in the minority here. Not even. I'm below the minority here - if such a thing exists.
My God the raving I've heard about this novel. Read more
It's starts off gang busters, a story of sex addicts and living history re-enactors, then veers off into a ditch for most the novel. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Evan Fleishman
Bought this book and Fight Club for my brother for Christmas this year and I know he'll enjoy them. Chuck Palahniuk is one of his favorite authors so I know he'll be happy with... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Robert Gonzales
OKAY, IMMEDIATELY...this has a lot of gooey, slimy. sloppy sex in it. if tons of this kind of thing puts you off, this is not the book for you and i recommend backing off. Read morePublished 14 days ago by scarlett
This is a devilishly funny story of a sex addict who has a deep need to be needed and will go to death defying lengths to meet those needs, while also making a living wage at... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Lillian Flores
Idiot book. Palahniuk tries to be smart by acting like a sociopath. Garbage. Get the stove hot before throwing it in the fire.Published 14 days ago by Jarod Cooper
What more can i say. My new favorite book about attachment issues. Moving. Insightful. Dark & lovely. Wouldn't have it any other way.Published 17 days ago by Ys