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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.
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    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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As a big Palahniuk fan this was the only book of his that I couldn't even finish despite trying to push myself to do so. I don't know what to say besides it was a mess. I get the general concept and what he was trying to pull off but it was just so poorly executed. ( )
  morgantaylor | Oct 10, 2014 |
Interesting. Yet a difficult read. ( )
  siddartha | Sep 5, 2014 |
Not Chuck P. at his best. Though it gives an interesting portrayal inside of the mind of a would be terrorist... maybe a third of the way through it becomes formulaic and rather redundant. ( )
  steadfastreader | Mar 18, 2014 |
Interesting prose and structure; visceral and vicious, disgusting and funny, perhaps too gratuitous. Powerful and thrilling; some scenes too overtly concocted, too playful. ( )
  bontley | Aug 24, 2013 |
first off, i did the audiobook during a very long drive. most likely, your experience with this book will be greatly determined by its format. the english is horribly broken and, i assume, therefor much easier to listen to than read.

best thing about the book - the descriptions. great stuff, entertaining perspective of a kid who hates everything/everyone greatly and goes to great lengths to describe common day things in pleasingly amusing ways.

a lot of thought went into examining the US in a new perspective. worth a read/listen. ( )
  mortensengarth | Aug 24, 2013 |
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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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To Amy Hempel - There is no other cheese.
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Begins here first account of operative me, agent number 67,
on arrival Midwestern American airport greater ##### area.
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All beauty created of the deity eventual to pass through American mouth, viscera, excreted anus.
Perhaps true profound affection defined by no entering vagina without consent.
Thank you, much esteemed madam living skeleton.
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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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