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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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More of Palahniuk's usual gruesome descriptions and gritty writing. Victor is a sex addict, a tourist attraction, a professional con artist, and . . . the savior of all mankind? Read morePublished 10 days ago by Swankivy
Any book by Chuck Palahniuk is worth the read. His writing is unique and interesting, and I love anything he writes!Published 12 days ago by erika
So seriously this is the best dark comedy every written.
They say that about Catch 22 and sure you smirk a bit while reading it but you never laugh out loud. Read more
Strange, but that's to be expected from Chuck. Not one of my favorites by him, but a great read nonetheless.Published 22 days ago by Kelly Fedolfi
What is Chuck Palahniuk's book, CHOKE about? Well, let's see, it's about a guy named Victor Mancini who goes around choking on food in various restaurants, in order to illicit... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
This is the first Palahniuk's I read after Fight Club and it is even better. If you like transgressive fiction you must read this.Published 27 days ago by Danny Osorio