Sunday, June 08, 2008

Choke by Chuck Palahniuk

I’ve also finished reading up Choke by Chuck Palahniuk. I don’t think I can say anything about it except that it’s anarchic and libertarian. The writing style is urban noir meets magic realism. Palahniuk has infinite capacity of observation and gives you surprising insights while narrating the weirdest possible things. For example, there is this one chapter in which the protagonist, who is a sex addict, is describing having casual sex in airplanes. He describes how perverts will leave the doors to the toilet open and sit naked inside. People will see the ‘vacant’ sign and come in – some of them will have casual sex. At this point Pahalniuk is narrating absolute pulp – total bullshit. Things like what positions to use in what kind of toilets, what airlines give you what sort of opportunities, what you should do if the airlines staff comes along. And then, suddenly, he throws this line at you – ‘one begins to wonder, what exactly do they mean by vacant’ – and it hits you like a brick. The book is full of suck stuff. Absolutely delightful.

Rating - 4/5 (Recommended)

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