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Survivor (1999)

by Chuck Palahniuk

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Tender Branson, last surviving member of the so-called Creedish Death Cult, is dictating his 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 airplane, which will crash shortly into the vast Australian outback. But 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.… (more)
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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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    American Desert by Percival Everett (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: 'Survivor' and 'American Desert' are Psychological fiction and satirical fiction about Cults.
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Story: 8.5 / 10
Characters: 8
Setting: 9
Prose: 8 ( )
  MXMLLN | Jan 12, 2024 |
audio fiction (8hrs, 25 min)
November2023 bingo: airplane on cover
CW/TW: suicidal thoughts/ideation; growing up in a cult (and experiencing all the traumatic abuse that may entail); violence, sexual content, unwanted pregnancy

I hadn't actually read any Palahniuk before, so even though I'd been told his stuff was good, I was pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable this was. Definite similarities with Fight Club but still a totally separate and distinct story on its own, plenty of dark humor and unexpected curves thrown in, though you could argue that Tender's love interest is flat and only serves to further his storyline. The one part that really felt iffy was the ending where Fertility/Gwen ends up pregnant and acts as though she's got no choice but to raise the child--true, she is fatalistic in all she does, having been cursed to know the future her whole life, and it's also true that she doesn't always reveal the truth of what she knows or will do, but the situation and her attitude rubs the wrong way in view of current (2023) events. ( )
  reader1009 | Nov 4, 2023 |
This is the most depressing book I have ever read. I don't know if it could push someone who wasn't considering it to suicide, but it could certainly push someone considering suicide TO suicide. This is all they'd need.

I have never been so depressed while reading a book in my life. It was all the more noticeable because I immediately read one of the "Ender's Shadow" books and I was astonished to find myself feeling happy. It was REALLY creepy.

If you feel really depressed or even if you're a little blue, DO NOT READ THIS! Wait until you're a little up, I suppose, for a cushion. ( )
  AnonR | Aug 5, 2023 |
Oramai è prassi: inizio un libro di Palahniuk, all'inizio mi sembra così-così, poi mi prende e alla fine mi piace.
Questo non spicca particolarmente, ma ne è comunque valsa la pena leggerlo.
Come al solito la trama rende davvero poco di quello che troverete. Se vi piace Palahniuk leggetelo, altrimenti lasciate stare. Funziona sempre così. ( )
  LuigiGreco | Apr 12, 2023 |

Brilliant from start to finish. There was never a dull moment. It was enchanting, really, and artistically disturbing. Only Chuck Palahniuk can do that: disturb you while still keeping you interested. I liked this slightly more than I liked 'Fight Club', and both deserve the 5-star rating. ( )
  womanwoanswers | Dec 23, 2022 |
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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 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 airplane, which will crash shortly into the vast Australian outback. But 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.

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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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Editions: 0393047024, 039333807X

 

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