©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)
I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^
“History is nothing except monsters or victims. Or witnesses.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Rant
HE was close. He was so damn close. He just didn't close it at the end. It was a poem that ended in a whimper. The mixture was nearly perfect, just not flammable. But don't say Chuck didn't try. I imagine Palahniuk had Ballard's 'Crash' and Benford's 'Timescape', several oral histories, and perhaps even Hofstadter's 'Gödel, Escher, Bach' sitting on his shelf as he wrote this.
Reading Rant was like watching a blind guy juggle a bunch of balls, some are on fire, and some you realize are actually burning cats. Palahniuk exists on an edge of grotesque, absurdity and social criticism that sometimes makes you lose sight of the shore. You forget what the normal is. You forget the boundaries. You are caught between a weird night and equally bizarre day. You aren't sure what to do so you just keep digging/reading.
Five major takeaways from this novel (which I might one day delve into deeper if I ever find myself with too much Liminal time or space in-between):
1. Rabies & Bites
3. Time Travel + Incest
4. Party Crashing + Night & Day
5. Oral History/Myth-making/Christianity
Anyway, I enjoyed the novel. It flew. But it just ended meh. No bang. No cliff. Just a strange, absurd, grotesque, incestuous loop.
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.
loved it from start to finish. I've read the novel twice and decided to check out the audio book version. the cast is amazing and gives these mysterious characters so much more life!
This is very good, but mind twisty. Really need to hear it again because it's like that snake eating it's tail thing. Perfect listen if you are in a boring place and need to stay awake. It's like WTF! What? WTF! What?! Ugh---what?! WTF! Plus, I really love the voice of the woman who plays Tina Something.
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