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Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk
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Lullaby (original 2002; edition 2002)

by Chuck Palahniuk

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Title:Lullaby
Authors:Chuck Palahniuk
Info:Anchor (2002), Paperback, 272 pages
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Chuck Palahniuk is overrated. It is no mystery that he's become a cliche, a shadow of himself by turning into the idolized kind of idiot that he tends to write about. Nowadays Palahniuk is the institution he preaches about. Previous reviews here have talked about hipsters, that is very true, too. Let's all go buy anything by Palahniuk... he understands.

Palahniuk wasn't the first person to use this style of writing, a kind of shock literature for the sake of shocking (i.e. his later books) or something so incredibly subversive that it makes you gasp out loud or faint (i.e. Haunted, the story Guts.)

All the same, Palahniuk is a good author. He tells a solid story that's chock-full of nihilist philosophy that should be more than enough to make any high school student feel brilliant and oh so trendy. It's full of philosophy that is interesting enough to make them start thinking, or at least most of the readers start thinking. It's solid enough plot-wise to make an entertaining read.

Coming at Palahniuk older, I no longer see the genius that I did before, but I do see a book that's entertaining enough to keep me reading -- I see a book that's clever enough to make me smirk as I do, and I read enough of the hardcore philosophy to make me consider some things.

My hat's off to Palahniuk, he's not the first not the last, not the worst and not the best, but man is he making a lot of money doing what he's doing.

Shine on you crazy bastard. ( )
  Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
Aside from the morbid premise, several memorable characters and a compelling story make this a good read. ( )
  bensdad00 | Jan 10, 2017 |
A real estate agent who specializes in listing haunted houses. An international collection of nursery rhymes that contains an unexpected surprise. It's as though Chuck Palahniuk had two good story ideas, but something went wrong when he tried to combine them. The first few chapters are terrific and make you wonder "where is he going with all this cool stuff?" Turns out that I don't think Mr.Palahniuk had any idea where he was going. There's a lot of environmental awareness preachy-ness that works it's way in and there's a bunch of vandalism of antique furniture along the way, and whole sections on necrophilia that I could have done without. None of it ever combines into anything approaching a coherent whole, though. I'm generously giving it 3.5 stars because I get the feeling that I missed some key connections somewhere but I could easily be wrong, in which case 3 stars is about right. ( )
  5hrdrive | Dec 6, 2016 |
Like all Chuck Palahniuk books I’ve read, this one is a bag and a half of crazy. Unlike Pygmy, Survivor or Damned… I just couldn’t find the vulnerable underbelly in the main character I could sympathize with. This book and Rant really left me cold, and more than a little grossed out. Hoping for better luck with the next one. ( )
  memccauley6 | May 3, 2016 |
No stars, because "Lullaby" is worse than "Choke". This is the book that broke this camel of a Chuck P. fan's readerly back. The water, following my analogy, is the great deal of good will engendered by "Fight Club" (movie and book), and the desert is the vast, lifeless expanse of hardcore violo-pornography that Mr. P seems to think his readers want to lap up.
  evamat72 | Mar 31, 2016 |
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Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you.
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I dedicate this book, with special thanks, to ...

Jason Cheung
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The consequences of media saturation are the basis for an urban nightmare in Lullaby, Chuck Palahniuk's darkly comic and often dazzling thriller. Assigned to write a series of feature articles investigating SIDS, troubled newspaper reporter Carl Streator begins to notice a pattern among the cases he encounters: each child was read the same poem prior to his or her death. His research and a tip from a necrophilic paramedic lead him to Helen Hoover Boyle, a real estate agent who sells "distressed" (demonized) homes, assured of their instant turnover. Boyle and Streator have both lost children to "crib death," and she confirms Streator's suspicions: the poem is an ancient lullaby or "culling song" that is lethal if spoken--or even thought--in a victim's direction. The misanthropic Streator, now armed with a deadly and uncontrollably catchy tune, goes on a minor killing spree until he recognizes his crimes and the song's devastating potential. Lullaby then turns into something of a road trip narrative, with Streator, Boyle, her empty-headed Wiccan secretary Mona, and Mona's vigilante boyfriend Oyster setting out across the U.S. to track down and destroy all copies of the poem.

In his previous works, including the cult favorite Fight Club, Palahniuk has demonstrated a fondness for making statements about the condition of humanity, and he uses Lullaby like a blunt object to repeatedly overstate his generally dim view. Such dogmatic venom undermines the persuasiveness of his thesis about mass communication and free will, but thankfully, Palahniuk offers some respite here by allowing for sympathy and love, as well as through his razor-sharp humor, such as his mock listings for Helen's possessed properties: "six bedrooms, four baths, pine-paneled entryway, and blood running down the kitchen walls...." At such moments, Lullaby casts a powerful spell. --Ross Doll

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Investigating Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, journalist Carl Streator finds the same anthology of poems and rhymes at each child's bedside. The book is always opened to a specific African chant--a culling song that kills when recited, whether silently or aloud. Suddenly, Carl's knowledge of the chant makes him an involuntary serial murderer and he must learn to control himself, then remove all copies of the book from libraries across the country.… (more)

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