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Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk

Pygmy (2009)

by Chuck Palahniuk

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    A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (fugitive)
    fugitive: I make this recommendation primarily based on the unique artificial dialects created by both Palahniuk and Burgess.
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    The Mysteries of Algiers by Robert Irwin (paradoxosalpha)
    paradoxosalpha: Narrative from a twisted, terroristic, undercover anti-protagonist
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    Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer (souci)
    souci: Actually a better look at fractured English.
  4. 01
    Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban (fugitive)
    fugitive: The protagonist uses a fractured, and manufactured language which takes some getting used to.

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An absolute chore to read. The contrived, broken syntax and intentionally convoluted sentence structures destroyed any potential enjoyment that this work had. ( )
  bensdad00 | Jan 10, 2017 |
An exchange student from totalitarian nation accidentally fits in and excels in America. Some sex and lots of violence as you would expect from Palahniuk ( )
  kale.dyer | Sep 13, 2016 |
I may be in the minority, but I enjoyed the language of this book. I loved the cryptic descriptions of what was going on and found it easy to understand once I had got into the mindset of Pygmy. Yes, there were some very graphic scenes, but this is what once expects from Palahniuk. I feel the book was let down by the plot: it would appear that so much went into the language that Palahniuk had nothing left for planning a good story. ( )
  martensgirl | Aug 18, 2016 |
chuck is probably a normal guy, but his books are very weird. i love them, but they are not for the faint of heart. pygmy is written in the twisted english vernacular of a 13 year old boy sent as an exchange student from 'a totalitarian state,' (russia?) with a plan, along with several other students, to destroy the u.s. a bit hard to read, because of the language, but engaging and unputdownable. if you're looking for offbeat and VERY different, chuck is your man, and pygmy is one of his most unsual ( )
  zenhead | Jun 26, 2016 |
I gave up on it. As best I can tell, my least favorite of Palahniuk's books. So it really should not go in my "read" folder, but they don't have a "read part of it and quit" folder. ( )
  Phyllis.Mann | Jul 13, 2015 |
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Readers of Palahniuk’s excellent early work (“Fight Club,” “Invisible Mon­sters”) will sense a shallow, phoned-in quality to his new novel. Despite its transgressive trappings and cultural-­critique posturing, “Pygmy” is as defanged as Marilyn Manson.
For all its satirical tail-swallowing, however, the novel's strongest currents of feeling swirl around the hero's experiences in the education system. Behind the often quite funny overkill and casually exiguous plot, it's essentially a fantasy about being a small, picked-on outsider in high school while fancying yourself a secret agent on a mission of revenge.
Sloppy yet smart, Chuck Palahniuk's "Pygmy" veers from sublimely ridiculous to just plain ridiculous, sometimes within a single paragraph.
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He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future. - Adolf Hitler.
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Begins here first account of operative me, agent number 67,
on arrival Midwestern American airport greater ##### area.
All beauty created of the deity eventual to pass through American mouth, viscera, excreted anus.
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Thank you, much esteemed madam living skeleton.
Succulent barrier much thrusting mammary glands shield operative me, swinging lady buttocks further thwart attacks.
Tongue of operative me lick, licking, touching back tooth on bottom, molar where planted inside forms cyanide hollow, touching not biting.
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Pygmy -- a young adult from a totalitarian state, disguised as an exchange student -- plans a terrorist attack and depicts U.S. Midwestern life through the eyes of a hateful, indoctrinated little killer, in a satire of American xenophobia.

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