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Pygmy

A 2009 epistolary novel by Chuck Palahniuk.

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Entirely different style, yet still so perfectly Palahniuk...

  • Jul 11, 2010
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** Riddled with Spoilers, But Not Blatantly So***

Pygmy is one of my new favorites by Palahniuk because it has, in my opinion, refreshed his works by presenting an entirely new narrative style which will admittedly irritate some to no end, but which I found well used. This book shares the reports of one of a group of operatives from a socialist nation bent on the destruction of American capitalist society with the use of spies, Pygmy among them, posing as innocent foreign exchange students. Pygmy dictates the entirety of these reports in broken English, which seems to be a point of contention for many readers, however this forces one to truly take the time to ingest each and every unique interpretation of human interaction and American society that Pygmy offers without simply plowing through this admittedly slim work in a day or two. In my opinion this allows one to truly appreciate the absurdity of many of the staples of "the American way" or "civilized life", which often only become apparent when viewed from outside of our society. And, in the end, it even manages to show how, somehow, our country can get ourselves out of quite a bit of trouble by being a lovable, charming sort of buffoon.

Entirely different style, yet still so perfectly Palahniuk...

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Quick Tip by . June 12, 2010
My least favorite of Palahniuk's books. It seemed more sexually graphic than necessary.
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Pygmy is an epistolary novel by Chuck Palahniuk. It was released on May 5, 2009.

The plot revolves around a 13-year-old exchange student, one of a dozen "shipped to America", to live with American families. Agent Number 67, nicknamed Pygmy for his diminutive size, arrives in the United States from his totalitarian homeland (a mash-up of North Korea, Cuba, Communist-era China, and Nazi-era Germany), as an 'exchange student' into the welcoming arms of his Midwestern host family, who give him an over sized "Jesus" t-shirt and a tiny American flag. They introduce Pygmy into the rituals of modern American life, a stark contrast to the operative's upbringing. On a trip to Walmart with his host family, he attempts to purchase various assault rifles from an elderly Walmart greeter. He then sexually assaults the bully of his host brother in the bathroom, in graphic detail. This is only the first of many horrifying acts committed by the operative. Along with his fellow terrorists, he is planning something big.
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