** 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.
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