Lullaby : A Novel (Paperback) - Palahniuk, Chuck

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Assigned to a story on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, fortyish journalist Carl Streator finds a poetry anthology that contains an African chant that becomes lethal when spoken or thought in someones direction, is transformed into an involuntary serial killer, and embarks on a cross-country odyssey to destroy all copies of the book before humankind itself is destroyed. Reprint. 175,000 first printing. *Author: Palahniuk, Chuck *Subtitle: A Novel *Publication Date: 2003/07/01 *Binding Type: Paperbound *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.00

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780385722193
SKU 33765448
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0385722192
Release Date 7/1/2003
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.
Praise
"Chuck Palahniuk has already declared that his warped new novel...makes his ultra-violent first novel, FIGHT CLUB, look like LITTLE WOMEN. These words are bound to excite Palahniuk's hard-bitten acolytes....[But his] murders are too many to be moving and too few to give the story the heft and scope of an apocalyptic vision. LULLABY feels like a reckless first draft, seemingly written on a binge; reading it is like reading a long e-mail message about someone's senseless, if inventive, nightmare."
From the Publisher
Annotation In this black comedy, a reporter investigating a sudden spike in the number of infant deaths discovers a link between each of the victims--apparently all had been read a particular poem from a mysterious book found at the scene of each death. His subsequent investigation leads him into contact with everyone from librarians to witches to eco-terrorists.
Editors Note “A story so eccentric and complex that you begin to understand why Palahniuk's literature is a breed all its own.” —USA Today“Mr. Palahniuk further refines his ability to create parables that are as substantial as they are off-the-wall.” —The New York Times“That most rambunctious of American novelists, Chuck Palahniuk, is at it again. . . . There's so much comic energy, so much manic imagination, so much satirical fire on display.” —Newsday“Dark riffing on modernity is the reason people read Palahniuk. His books are not so much novels as jagged fables, cautionary tales about the creeping peril represented by almost everything.” —Time“Genius-on-sixteen-different-levels . . . constantly surprising, disturbingly funny . . . Genuinely subversive.” —BookForum“Among sick puppies, Palahniuk is the top dog. . . . A unique talent.” —People“More twisted than a sack of pretzels and edgier than an octagon, Chuck Palahniuk has pumped out another memorable read. . . This is his best yet.” —Playboy “Few writers this side of Kurt Vonnegut can summon up the intensity and precision to control such a blackly humorous situation. . . . Palahniuk is proving to be an accessible and ambitious writer of fables from the culture wars.” —St. Petersburg Times“Palahniuk conjures grief, confusion, mystery and fear from the unlikeliest sources . . . [and] teases amusement form the darkest corners of our culture.” —The Sunday Oregonian“By turns disturbing, creepy, sweet, sad, horrible and exquisite. . . . A harrowing and hilarious glimpse into the future of civilization.” —Minneapolis Star-Tribune“[Palahniuk] knows how to spin whacked-out stories particular to our times. . . . Employs a playf??? ???????? ??? ??? ? ???? ??? ??? ????????? ??????????????? ????????????? ??????? ?????????????????????? ???????? ??? ?????????? ? ? ? ??? ????? ????? ? ???? ????? ?????????????? ??????????????? ????????????????????? ?? ?????? ??????? ????? ? ? ????????? ??? ????????? ?? ???????? ? ????? ???? ?? ???? ??? ??????????? ?????????? ??? ????????? ?????? ?????????? ??? ?????? ????????????????? ?????????????????????????????????? ???????????? ???? ?? ????? ??? ???????????? ?? ??? ??????????????????????? ??????????????? ??????????????????????????????? ???????????? ?????? ????? ??????????????????????????? ??????? ?????????????????????????? ????? ?? ??????? ?????????? ?????? ??????? ???????? ?????????? ??? ?????????? ? ????? ????????????????????????????? ???????????????
Editors Note 2 Assigned to a story on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, fortyish journalist Carl Streator finds a poetry anthology that contains an African chant that becomes lethal when spoken or thought in someone's direction, is transformed into an involuntary serial killer, and embarks on a cross-country odyssey to destroy all copies of the book before humankind itself is destroyed. Reprint. 175,000 first printing.
Editors Note 3 Assigned to a story on sudden infant death syndrome, journalist Carl Streator finds a poetry anthology that contains an African chant that becomes lethal when spoken or thought in someone's direction.
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