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Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk
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Survivor (1999)

by Chuck Palahniuk

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    Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre (jayne_charles)
    jayne_charles: Both are darkly humorous takes on the modern world, media and the cult of celebrity
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    John Dies at the End by David Wong (ACannon92)
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    American Desert by Percival Everett (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: 'Survivor' and 'American Desert' are Psychological fiction and satirical fiction about Cults.
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    The Other Side of Darkness by Melody Carlson (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: If you like Psychological fiction, like 'Survivor', You may also enjoy 'The other side of darkness', which shares these qualities and is also about Cults.
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Ok so anything I say is probably going to be glowing if it's written by Chuck Palahniuk. 'Survivor,' for me is one of the best stories, as a whole that Palahniuk has written to date. The characters are well developed and the story is intriguing enough to keep the pages turning.
  rockfrog | Jun 9, 2019 |
Blurb........

Tender Branson, the last surviving member of the Creedish death cult, has commandeered a Boeing 747, emptied of passengers, in order to tell his story to the plane's black box before it crashes. Brought up by the repressive cult and, like all Creedish younger sons, hired out as a domestic servant, Tender finds himself suddenly famous when his fellow cult members all commit suicide. As media messiah he ascends to the very top of the freak-show heap before finally and apocalyptically spiralling out of control.

I read this in 2 days so it can’t have been too bad. The books I don’t really enjoy seem to drag on for an eternity. That said I didn’t put it down marvelling at Palahniuk’s satire, nor did I find it savagely funny like some of the back cover reviews.

I was entertained, and interested to read about Tender’s life, but that was it.
Maybe some authors just don’t resonate with me the same way they connect with other readers. Oh well, an average read on the Keane measuring scale.

3 from 5

Bought second-hand last year in a bundle of 3 Palahniuk’s on E-bay. (Oh great, I get to read 2 more then!)

https://col2910.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/chuck-palahniuk-survivor.html ( )
  col2910 | Mar 17, 2018 |
The writing style was spectacular. Very unique. There weren't many quoted conversations. They were all plain which I felt really helped Tender Branson come so much more to life. It was detached from the outside world and completely from his point of view. It felt like you were really understanding the memories. Once again Pahlaniuk fails to disappoint. ( )
  chikadee09 | Dec 27, 2017 |
Honestly, I didn't expect to feel this book as much as I did. Usually, I read a Chuck Palahniuk book to laugh and/or drop my jaw, but this one made me tear up a lot. In addition to being hilarious and wild, it's also a heck of a commentary on religion, hypocrisy, and what it's like to lose your faith. ( )
  bucketofrhymes | Dec 13, 2017 |
The only Palahniuk book I've read to date is "Fight Club" - and that is such a great book with such a great movie adaptation (watched it before I read it btw).

"Survivor" was an interesting story, with the (somewhat gimmicky) page numbers going backwards (to compel you to get to the end?). Haha. What was this about? A poke at marketing-driven franchises? The sorry state of money driven religions/churches? A handbook of cleaning tips (a part of me was hoping for the secrets of the removal of chewing gum from clothes would be mentioned somewhere - no such luck, I was tempted to take notes though)?

The voice is actually quite similar to "Fight Club" in feel. Endless rattling of anecdotal statistics/facts in between commentaries and it even has it's own version of Marla and Tyler Durden type characters.

Quite an interesting read actually. Liked it.

Writing: 5, Story: 3, Cleaning tips: 4 (chewing gum, man, chewing gum!). So... 4?

I am interested to see how Palahniuk's other titles read now, I wonder if they all sound 'similar'. Hmm... ( )
  kephradyx | Jun 20, 2017 |
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For Mike Keefe and Mike Smith.
For Shawn Grant and Heidi Weeden and Matt Palahniuk.
The agent in this book is not Edward Hibbert, who represents my work with all his humor, energy, and skill.
No one in this book is as clever as my editor, Gerry Howard.
No one anywhere is as relentless and helpful as Lois Rosenthal.
This book would not exist without the Tuesday Night Writers' Workshop at Suzy's house.
Who has pages, tonight?
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Testing, testing, one, two, three.
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The only difference between a suicide and a martyrdom is press coverage.
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Tender Branson — last surviving member of the so-called "Creedish Death Cult" — is dictating his incredible life story into the flight recorder of Flight 2039, cruising on autopilot at 39,000 feet somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. He is all alone in the plane, which will shortly reach terminal velocity and crash into the vast Australian outback. Before it does, he will unfold the tale of his journey from an obedient Creedish child and humble domestic servant to an ultra-buffed, steroid- and collagen-packed media messiah, author of a best-selling autobiography, Saved from Salvation, and the even better selling Book of Very Common Prayer (The Prayer to Delay Orgasm, The Prayer to Prevent Hair Loss, The Prayer to Silence Car Alarms). He'll even share his insight that "the only difference between suicide and martyrdom is press coverage," and deny responsibility for the Tender Branson Sensitive Materials Landfill — a 20,000-acre repository for the nation's outdated pornography. Among other matters both bizarre and trenchant.
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Just before committing suicide, Tender Branson dictates his life story and reveals what life was like as a member of the Creedish Death Cult.

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Editions: 0393047024, 039333807X

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