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Survivor: A Novel by Chuck Palahniuk

Survivor: A Novel (original 1999; edition 2010)

by Chuck Palahniuk

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Title:Survivor: A Novel
Authors:Chuck Palahniuk
Info:W. W. Norton & Company (2010), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 289 pages
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Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk (1999)

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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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    American Desert by Percival Everett (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: 'Survivor' and 'American Desert' are Psychological fiction and satirical fiction about Cults.
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    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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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 |
Oh, Chuck. Where do I start with you?

I loved this book. I really enjoyed reading it and I was loving Palahniuk's writing. Since then, I've really tried to look closely at who I read and really examine the kinds of authors I read. And Palahniuk has fallen quite low on that list of high-priority authors. (This is what happens when you say problematic things, my friend.)

Regardless! Let's get on with the review.

I really enjoyed the writing in this book. The plot was completely bizarre, but I still remember some of the passages. Some of the writing was really vivid for me, and conjured up great (or disturbing) images.

... and yet some of it felt a little bit forced. I know a lot of people have said this before - they feel like Chuck can be a little bit too edgy, and I totally agree. I feel like his writing is so much sharper, and cleaner when he writes so much more simply. This is still one of my favourites that I've read of his, but I'm pretty sure I won't purchase any more of his work.

This is tricky to rate. 3-3.5 stars? 3.25 stars? ( )
  lydia1879 | Aug 31, 2016 |
I have mixed emotions about this book. Whilst I enjoy a good dig at religion, celebrity, plastic surgery, etc. I feel that Palahniuk's desire to be controversial has become a bit tedious. ( )
  martensgirl | Aug 17, 2016 |
This a weird, wild tale of martyrdom, messiahs, religion, death and free will packaged into a tale of survival. The story twists and turns through the eyes of this deeply flawed and unhinged protagonist. ( )
  dougcornelius | Jul 25, 2016 |
If you've read more than one Palahniuk book then you will very likely begin to notice every book is the fucking same. If this is your first or second Palahniuk book, then you will probably enjoy it. I personally can't stand any more of his watered down pop-culture nihilism. I tried to get into this book, I really did. I'd rather chop my own dick off and give it to demons. ( )
  Stmurdock | Jul 17, 2016 |
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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.
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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