Choke : A Novel (Paperback)

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Medical school dropout Victor Mancini comes up with a complicated but ingenious scam to pay for his mothers elder care--pretend to be choking in a restaurant and con the individuals who save him into giving him money--while he cruises sex addiction groups for action, and visits his sick mother, whose Alzheimers disease hides the bizarre truth about his parentage. Reprint. 100,000 first printing. *Author: Palahniuk, Chuck *Subtitle: A Novel *Publication Date: 2002/06/01 *Number of Pages: 293 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.67 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.00


Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780385720922
SKU 30919255
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0385720920
Release Date 6/1/2002
Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.675T
Author Info
Chuck Palahniuk
Chuck Palahniuk (pronounced PAULA-nik) is a writer of disturbing novels and short stories that frequently expose the unpleasant underbelly of modern society and the human psyche. Palahniuk was born in Washington State and still lives in the Pacific Northwest. He went to the University of Oregon where he received his B.A. in journalism. After a short stint as a journalist, Palahniuk became an assembly-line mechanic for Freightliner. During this time he attended a writing workshop led by Tom Spanbauer, a disciple of Gordon Lish's minimalist approach to fiction writing, and a powerful influence on Palahniuk's literary style and philosophy. After his novel INVISIBLE MONSTERS was rejected for being too disturbing (it was later published), Palahniuk wrote the even more disturbing FIGHT CLUB, based in part on his experiences as a member of the Cacophony Society, a loose-knit organization specializing in pranks and rowdiness. After its publication FIGHT CLUB was made into a film by David Fincher, starring Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, and Helena Bonham Carter. The film created a devoted cult following for Palahniuk, and his subsequent novels have all achieved mainstream commercial success. Though occasionally accused of using shock value and sexism in his work, Palahniuk's sick and twisted tales continue to fascinate his mostly young audience, and have drawn comparisons to Irvine Welsh and Bret Easton Ellis.
"His subversive riffs conjure a kind of jump-cut cinema of the diseased imagination, resulting in an outlandish allegory that is as brutally hilarious as it is relentlessly bleak."
"...CHOKE is an uneven but still raw and vital book, punctuated with outrageous, off-the-wall moments that work as often as not. If the author's adolescent urge to shock is...facile..., his wickedness is something to reckon with as well."
"Palahniuk is a cheerful nihilist with a mordant wit and a taste for scatological humor. Fair warning: some may find his language and imagery offensive."
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Annotation Victor works as a guide at a colonial village, where he must stay in 18th-century costume. He moonlights as a con artist. His mother is in a nursing home, and in his spare time Victor visits her and listens to her stories about the good old days when she and his father--whom Victor never knew--were in and out of jail. Then she begins to imply that Victor was conceived by means of a miracle involving the sacred foreskin of Jesus. What's Victor to believe?
Editors Note Victor Mancini, a medical-school dropout, is an antihero for our deranged times. Needing to pay elder care for his mother, Victor has devised an ingenious scam: he pretends to choke on pieces of food while dining in upscale restaurants. He then allows himself to be ?saved? by fellow patrons who, feeling responsible for Victor?s life, go on to send checks to support him. When he?s not pulling this stunt, Victor cruises sexual addiction recovery workshops for action, visits his addled mom, and spends his days working at a colonial theme park. His creator, Chuck Palahniuk, is the visionary we need and the satirist we deserve.
Editors Note 2 Medical school dropout Victor Mancini comes up with a complicated but ingenious scam to pay for his mother's elder care, cruises sex addiction groups for action, and visits his zany mother, whose Alzheimer's disease hides the bizarre truth about his parentage.
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