©2007 Chuck Palahniuk; (P)2007 Recorded Books
"This dark religious parable (there's even a resurrection) from the master of grotesque excess may not attract new readers, but it will delight old ones." (Publishers Weekly)
"Outrageous but not quite over the top, full of energetic humor, Rant...is a memorable portrait of the cults that gather around authentically different people and a portrait of dystopia that feels unsettlingly contemporary." (Booklist)
This was already one of my favorite books, though a bit confusing to follow do to the oral history framing the author uses. But as an audio book, with a new voice for each character, it makes the book even more enjoyable!
My favorite books are the ones that change the way you see the world. Rant gave a steady fusillade of fascinating ideas that bombard your reality. This may very well be my favorite work of fiction yet.
I like audiobooks.
Interesting read. Overall, I thought it was ok. I enjoyed the odd characters and chaotic world, however I had trouble getting into the story. Palahniuk tells this story from tons of different characters but only short bits of text. Definitely a unique narrative mechanism. Again, tricky for me to unravel. I've always loved Palahniuk's brash style. Choke and Fight Club being some of my favorite books. This one though, more of a meh.
It seems like there's an abrupt genre shift partway through. The Recorded Books Repertory Company does a fantastic job, every single character has nuance and life. I don't know that this book would have kept me engaged had I read it in the traditional format.
Lots of folksy anecdotes and commentary from specialists in their field awkwardly segues into a sci-fi future where urbanites have Night and Day castes and bizarre hobbies. Oh and convoluted time travel.
So if you liked Donnie Darko, you'll probably like this.
The book may be a struggle for some with Pahlanuick not bringing things lightly. The oral history format is easy to follow and allows for some startling and slow reveals. Cast is absolutely fantastic.
Being able to go about my daily tasks while still enjoying the novel.
When you begin to think you are finally starting to understand things, it reveals new information that feels like a kick to the face.
I have read this book several times, in one year being five times, but decided to finally enjoy listening to it leisurely.
By far the main character (being whom the book gained it's namesake from), Buster "Rant" Casey, is burned into the readers memory early on. From the various things he does throughout his life, his personality that shows beyond written/spoken words, even down to his eventual "death(?)" he captivates you.
Chuck Palahniuk has a style of writing, as far as I am aware, unlike any other. He throws words at your face only a renowned artisan of his craft who fastidiously toiled for such an ability can. The way in which he uses various descriptive words hit your senses as if the Three Ninjas (decent movie in it's time) were lighting up your eyes. You feel as if you are party crashing right along with the characters that by the time you look around and regain your sense of surrounding you have long forgotten where you were. Such an ability as that along with a wildly vivid imagination when properly used can be life changing for anyone willing to dive into the writers mind and open their own to the adventure that awaits.
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