This is author Chuck Palahniuk at his deadpan peak, a mesmerizing, unnerving, and hilarious satire on the wages of fame and the bedrock lunacy of the modern world.
©1999 Chuck Palahniuk; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"A perfect comment on our apocalypse-fixated times." (Spin)
"Brilliantly satiric and savagely funny." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Mordant....One's sympathy for the improbably doomed hero is fully engaged." (New Yorker)
This is a very, very dark book. I personally did not find any humor in this title but I found it to be a 'good read'.
I found Survivor to be interesting from front to back (acknowledging the reverse chapter countdown labeling). I found the last quarter of the book to be just as interesting as the beginning and middle.
I thoroughly enjoyed this listen but I doubt that I will ever do a re-read because while it was interesting it was mentally exhausting to read. Personally,
I suggest listing to this title at normal speed for fifteen to twenty minutes so that the you get the narrative pace locked into your head then gradually speed it up to get through the entire book efficiently.
You will likely enjoy Survivor if you were particularly interested in the Charles Manson Family, Branch Davidians, Heaven's Gate, Peoples Temple (James Jones), etc. Just know that this book is fiction and unrelated to those groups previously mentioned.
I loved this book so much that I've read and listened to it several times. I believe Palahniuk has created a rare possibility that mega religions and snake oil salesman are dancing partners. Society has a love affair with our own mortality and legacy, so much so, that it gives this book an eerie revelation that pulls at those memories of existence that you thought were a distant past, it exposes the fraud of an instant messiah. The sense of wanting more, but realizing that you should be satasfied, it may be a cautionary tale that hints at the thought that you may have to live a maintenanced vain struggled life. Self actualization and instant Karma may not need catalysts to be fruitful, so live in moments not preconceived packaged, polished, philosophical dogmas and life might just be partly satisfied, that's what this book tells me.
This 'review' has no spoilers, or even anything about the story itself, just a very solid recommendation for this book. Although I agree with those that say Palahniuk's main characters in all his books are similar and seem written with the same voice, it doesn't seem to bother me. I love this voice, and enjoy it every time. This book, however, really stood out for me. It is hilarious, and deeply sad in the way only this author can manage. In the midst of total chaotic ridiculousness, I kept being surprised with the most insightful, and often really beautiful bouts of prose. The story is crazy, funny, absurd. The book is serious, sad, and beautiful.
I love when I lament coming to the end of a book. The whole thing was so insane, yet made perfect sense. The chapters counted down instead of up and the story unfolds backwards and forwards at the same time. However, I was never lost.
This book, however short, is too complicated to give a synopsis and give it justice.
I don't really know what else to say except that I found the writing to be brilliant. The story was fun and somehow completely relatable, despite the madness.
You should read this book.
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First, this book is not for everyone. It is dark. No, it is beyond dark. It is what would happen if you channeled Jack London, Stephen King and Patricia Cronwell into one author.
That warning aside, and if you ignore it and purchase this Audible, you will be forever lost from the moment you hit play. Do not blame me, you were warned.
It is the kind of book that grabs you by the collar from the very first chapter. I was held in a strangle hold listening to Paul Garcia read in a dry tone as one by one people die. I had no problem imagining that he was the character, that voice dry and nearly emotionless, yet somehow bursting at the seams with emotion that sits just below the surface.
It is a dark book. It is the kind of book that gives you nightmares. It is the kind of book where the plot makes no sense in my ordered mind, except in the dark recesses of my soul, it resonated. I understood, I believed.
There is little gore, no sex, just a dry voice droning in your ear, retelling a story as it played out. A man waiting for death, needing to get his story out to the masses before he is gone so he does not die as anonymous as he lived. His life is spelled out by a calendar that tells him what he needs to do each day at what time and for how long. He was born for no reason other than to serve others, like a modern day slave, yet not like a slave.
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