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Choke (Chuck Palahniuk book)

178 Ratings: 2.7
A book by Chuck Palahniuk.

Choke is a 2001 novel by American author Chuck Palahniuk.       Victor Mancini is a ruthless con artist. Victor Mancini is a med-school dropout who's taken a job playing an Irish indentured servant in a colonial-era theme … see full wiki

Author: Chuck Palahniuk
Genre: Horror, Strange Fiction
Publisher: Anchor (June 11, 2002)
Date Published: (June 11, 2002)
16 reviews about Choke (Chuck Palahniuk book)
review by . December 10, 2008
This is hands down one of my favorite books of all time.  I first read Choke well over five years ago, yet somehow, I keep finding myself telling people about this book, whether it's a close friend or someone who I just met, something in our conversation always triggers my memory of Choke and I can't help but describe it to them.  It usually goes...      Choke is a book about a twenty-something year old sex-addicted, ex-med student named Victor, who had to drop out …
review by . June 24, 2010
Choke is the tale of Victor, a sex addict whose life is in several ruts. He is tied to a dead-end job in a colonial theme park, and his mother is the latter stages of dementia and thinks he is one of several dead lawyers she once knew. To supplement his tiny income he pretends to choke in restaurants, receiving checks from those who eventually save him (and subsequently feel responsibility for his life). As his mother’s life begins to fade away, we learn why Victor is the way he is, and Victor …
review by . August 11, 2010
I laughed the entire way through this book.  Being a Palahniuk fan, I know in advance that a reader without a strong stomach, seeking chic lit, is not the right reader for this (or any of Chuck's books,) but was somewhat disappointed in this one compared to his other titles.  All in all, I would recommend this book.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
I read this in high school and really loved it. I think I might like it a little less if I read it now, though. It's funny and does come up with a point, but I think the alienation of the characters would annoy me now.
Quick Tip by . July 10, 2010
Not my favorite Chuck Palahniuk book as I find the main character somewhat less endearing than the usual misguided protagonist of Chuck's works, but nonetheless another fantastic example of his penchant for strange factoids, odd points of view, interestingly applied researched, and, of course, many different themes cavorting around with one another and occasionally crashing into one another face first.
review by . July 08, 2010
 This is the first book I ever read by this author and although it was thought provoking I’m pretty sure it will be my last. The story was disconnected which there was a warning label for so I guess that should have come as no surprise. The characters are highly un relatable, at least to me as a person. How many people do you know who are semi crazy and were kidnapped as children? Oh none? How surprising! I don’t know what his goal was in writing this book, but I would gladly like …
Quick Tip by . June 29, 2010
My favorite! I love this author
review by . June 27, 2010
Another twisted tale from Chuck Palahniuk, Choke gives us possibly my favorite anti-hero from any of his previous novels. Victor, a Medical School drop out and now "historical interpreter" plays on the emotions and dependency of others by nearly killing himself night after night in various eateries across town. In return for their hero status? Money. Victors misadventures all tie into paying for his absolutely nutty but fascinating Mother to stay in a rest home. With hilarious dialogue …
Quick Tip by . June 26, 2010
Palahniuk's dark comedies make you take a hard look at reality. not as strong as Fight Club
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
a totally insane & in-depth look into the lives of people you would never know (some may never care) about.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
Palahniuk fans rejoice!
Quick Tip by . May 24, 2010
This is scattered with dirty jokes and very adult situations so no kids allowed! Otherwise, the biting wit and sincerity are priceless.
review by . November 08, 2008
Choke by Chuck Palahniuk
Victor Mancini is a sexaholic who dropped out of medical school to care for his psychotic mother, now in an assisted living facility. The story, told in first-person by Victor, begins with a warning not to read the rest of the book.     Victor then accounts the tale of his life, liberally interspersed with flashbacks to the times his mother broke out of prison or asylums to steal him back. Victor's best friend is a self-abuser who collects rocks to keep him in recovery. They …
review by . June 24, 2006
Though I loved the film version of FIGHT CLUB, I must admit that Chuck Palahniuk's cult novel didn't impress me. However, I enjoyed his writing style, so I decided to read some more of his work. The premise of CHOKE intrigued me, so I decided to read that next.    CHOKE is the story of Victor Manicini, a former medical student who was forced to leave school to pay his mother's medical bills, as she has recently been placed in a nursing home. To pay the bills, Victor goes to restaurants …
review by . February 09, 2006
This is a fairly short book, readable in several hours. The author's writing style in undeniably authentic.    Gritty and intrusive, you'll learn about things you weren't quite prepared for, and find that you keep turning pages wondering what will come next.    The story carries some of the same kinds of oddities and oddballs I loved in 'Fight Club.' You wonder how he thinks up this stuff, and how much of it is based on real life.    The …
review by . December 16, 2001
Chuck Palahniuk continues to startle us with his unique voice in literature. During a time when the world is at a peak of madness few of us ever dreamed, most of us seek solace in works of wonder, of wisdom, of elegance in writing - books such as the ones by the late, much missed WG Sebald, or Jose Saramaga, or Jim Crace, or Mark Doty. But that level of this sublime needs comic relief. And here is the wildest ride of mayhem, madness, and just plain imagination that one could encounter!Reviewed so …
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