June 21st, 2010

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Book Meme Day 09


A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving



Choke by Chuck Palahniuk

In short, this book is about a con man. He visits various restaurants and purposely causes himself to choke while eating, which lures good Samaritans into saving him. He then keeps a detailed list of everyone who saved him and sends them letters about fictional bills he is unable to pay. The people feel so sorry for him that they send him cards and letters asking him about how he's doing and even continue to send him money to help him with the bills. The other great theme of this book is how he maintains sexual gratification through visiting people at sexual addiction meetings and pretending to be an addict. The humor is just hysterically dark and full of satire. Much like all of Palahniuk's books (for those not familiar, he wrote Fight Club), the book ends with a severe twist which makes one question the author's mind. This book made me go out and purchase Palahniuk's entire library and read the whole thing over the course of a month. As of now, there is only one of his books I would not recommend because it is a VERY difficult read, but the rest are fantastic.

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