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  • Jul 8, 2010
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 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 to hear one. His writing is exquisite and I suppose I would have to give him points for originality of the “plot”, but I think this book would have gone farther in my regards if he had somehow secured the stories together better. I had heard the title of this book before I read it, but I had no idea what it was about. In fact I stumbled across it in my boyfriend’s move and decided to read it on our trips. I would not say that it as time completely wasted, but I have read more interesting modern artists like this such as David Sedaris. The one thing I will give this author is the fact that he either truly was a medical student (among other things) or he really did his research in preparing to write this novel. The way he presented his medical and other obscure referenced could have been oppressive if he hadn’t done it in such a way as delighted me. I’m sorry to all those people who absolutely loved this book, but it just didn’t push my buttons.

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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
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Quick Tip by . June 29, 2010
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Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
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Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
Palahniuk fans rejoice!
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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 park in order to help care for his Alzheimer's-afflicted mother. Victor Mancini is a sex addict. Victor Mancini is a direct descendant of Jesus Christ. All of these statements about the protagonist ofChokeare more or less true. Welcome, once again, to the world of Chuck Palahniuk.

"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 ...

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ISBN-10: 0385720920 (pbk.)
ISBN-13: 9780385720922 (pbk.)
Author: Chuck Palahniuk
Genre: Horror, Strange Fiction
Publisher: Anchor (June 11, 2002)
Date Published: (June 11, 2002)
Format: Paperback: 304 pages, Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 0.2 inches
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