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― Jason Sheehan, NPR
"A novel made out of the times we’re living in."
― Graeme McMillan, Hollywood Reporter
"Palahniuk toys with our cultural dividing lines.… The result is a novel that straddles both the horrific and the absurd, kind of like present-day America."
― Peter Rugh, Vice
― Gavin Sheehan, Bleeding Cool
"A send-up of the many absurdities in our society."
― Mackenzie Dawson, New York Post
"[Palahniuk] joins Sinclair Lewis and George Orwell in Dystopia.… There are traces of noir, magical realism, sf, and horror. It’s all there, with the power to amuse, astound, and provoke."
― Library Journal
"Palahniuk takes the United States’ divided politics to an extreme conclusion and proves along the way that his gift for social satire has only sharpened with time."
― Shelf Awareness
"Visionary and fearless… perhaps [Palahniuk’s] darkest, most biting satire to date.… [R]azor-sharp insights and boundless imagination are matched only by his ability to make even the most stomach-churning scenes somehow vividly entertaining.… [E]qual parts Jonathan Swift and Tyler Durden."
"A dystopian nightmare that takes all the fractures of our modern society and escalates them to a perverted climax."
― Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B0777T1T89
- Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (May 1, 2018)
- Publication date : May 1, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 2483 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 316 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #80,727 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Let Spielberg buy the movie rights to this one. I'm right about this.
The collection of a few paragraphs, then a break to another character's perspective left me not caring about any of the multiple story lines presented here. If you're a fan, reading through the list of Palahniuk's work, you'll probably buy this book someday. However, if you're trying to decide between this and another book, I'd recommend leaving this one on the, 'I'll get around to it, eventually', list.
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On one side, I do love Chuck Palahniuk's work. I've avidly bought and read everything he published up to date. His style has been of a great influence. The choice of his topics never disappointed.
And in a modern world controlled by the crowds (De Lillo docet), by groups that annihilate the individual to flattening out any difference (PC culture at its best), Adjustment Day feels like inevitable.
"I mean, how many times can everybody tell you that you're the oppressive, prejudiced enemy before you give up and become the enemy." says Chuck in what is by far my favourite book from the author.
And yet, despite not lecturing, despite throwing darts to the right as well as to the LEFT (judging by the reviews you can stumble across on the internet, I wonder how many actually read the book properly), the final result is not quite what it should be.
An ambitious project, plenty of good points, but far from the glory of Choke or Survivor.
Chuck writes satire, and transgressive fictiom unlike so many out there.
He achieves total immersion into his off-kilter worlds and characters.
This book is timely and it says a lot that even on the inside dust jacket sleeve Chuck describes himself in a rather Palahnuickian fashion.
No ond is safe from his evaluatory eye and harshly truthful critique. And nor should any one be.
In a time where everything is political and weighted with agenda this book is rather apolitical; and in many ways less about structures and systems and govermental mediocrity and more about the people. That and what leads them into falling into total disenfranchisement, the layers of action born from reaction directly associated with the social climate, where we see them allow themselves to be swayed or eaten up by the hypocrisy under-the-thumb rule and the whole miasma of woe and total global disintegration.
Though centrefold is the American way, its mechanics and ways/sub-structures, the book works as an a whole encapsulation and evaluation on the global scheme of things.
The book is satire at its most ridiculous and by this device it makes it all the more real and highlights thr obvious in such a new archaic fashion it introduces intellectualism to the most mundane of things and how overall its effects are affective; a key, that or, to a lesser extent, a part of the bigger picture; that works its way in great overall ripples making it a bigger contributory factor than one would assume it is.
This book is vapid. Harrowing, hilarious, astoundingly on point, hard hitting, morosely pivotal and needed; and though rather archaic and translucent in its parodies and defining in its satire, its rather a beautifully and inevitably positive message weaved into its narrative/message about religion, politics concerning gender neutrality, sexuality, oppression, racism, and trends and modern day mechanics of systemisations and indoctrination through media and nation occurrences.
Its about the wrongs that are made to make a right, about disorder the final order, transplanting old ideals to a modernist realm to bring itself to its knees in aid of finally rising back up. Through the people and not the minority run/led systems sustained and put in place.
It questions everything political and societal, about acquisitions of thought and mood and progress through deities and public figures and there swell and effect upon the consciousness of their public, whether a faux-pas pass on things or legitimately (in)sincere actions.
Making points through irregularities in prose and narrative to highlight these real life altering moments, thst even this/or that methodology is still going to remain as redundant and regressive to an overall nations reputation and relationship to reality.
A masterpiece and much more.