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Pygmy | [Chuck Palahniuk]

Pygmy

"Begins here first account of operative me, agent number 67, on arrival Midwestern American airport....Code name: Operation Havoc." Thus speaks Pygmy, one of a handful of young adults from a totalitarian state sent to the U.S. disguised as exchange students to live with typical American families and blend in, all the while planning an unspecified attack of massive terrorism
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Publisher's Summary

"Begins here first account of operative me, agent number 67, on arrival Midwestern American airport....Code name: Operation Havoc." Thus speaks Pygmy, one of a handful of young adults from a totalitarian state sent to the U.S. disguised as exchange students to live with typical American families and blend in, all the while planning an unspecified attack of massive terrorism. Palahniuk depicts Midwestern life through the eyes of this thoroughly indoctrinated little killer, who hates us with a passion, in this cunning double-edged satire of an American xenophobia that might, in fact, be completely justified.

©2009 Chuck Palahniuk; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[A] potent...cultural satire...[full of] characteristically scathing observations....[A] singular, comic accomplishment." (Publishers Weekly)
"Hilarious....Palahniuk leaps over the line of good taste - and lands squarely on his feet." (Booklist, starred review)

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    K. Hageman Burlington, VT USA 05-13-09
    K. Hageman Burlington, VT USA 05-13-09 Member Since 2003

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    "Not Good At All"

    I read and enjoyed Fight Club and saw the movie. This is another experience entirely. Palunik attempted to create an interesting style through the voice of "Pygmy" - a wierd mix of naive/unfamiliar with technical culture and very precise almost ultra scientific terminology. It didn't work for me at all.

    Generally the characters were unabashedly brutal and disgusting - I have no problem with violence and sex, but a brutal anal rape in the first 30 minutes of listening was just completely gratuitous and purposeless.

    The author likes to take cheap shots at America - again I have no problems with taking shots at America, but having your characters bundle up all the ugliness of America and then pretending you have something interesting to say is poor reading.

    I didn't listen past the anal rape and don't want to bother listening any more.

    3 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas 10-06-09
    Nicholas 10-06-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Can not understand this book"

    This book is not a strong showing for Chuck, I loved Rant and have bought snuff and this one as fast as I could and neither one made me happy the same way Rant did, But this book fails because its just a bunch of broken english, I mean if this guy was really a trained agent I doubt he would anally rape another boy in a kmart, (second Chapter) or act the way he does, I mean how can a trained agent not even speak the dam language. I get it it is supposed to be interesting and a lot of people say its supposed to be a challenge, but no offense to Chuck no one is going to be talking about Pygmy in the same way as some one say reading Dante's Inferno in latin, now thats a challenge. Least favorite book in a long time.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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