Book Review: Choke by Chuck Palahniuk


Victor Mancini, a medical-school dropout, is an antihero for our deranged times. Needing to pay elder care for his mother, Victor has devised an ingenious scam: he pretends to choke on pieces of food while dining in upscale restaurants. He then allows himself to be “saved” by fellow patrons who, feeling responsible for Victor’s life, go on to send checks to support him. When he’s not pulling this stunt, Victor cruises sexual addiction recovery workshops for action, visits his addled mom, and spends his days working at a colonial theme park. His creator, Chuck Palahniuk, is the visionary we need and the satirist we deserve.

MY THOUGHTS:

Mr. Palahniuk has a very distinct narrative, and I'm beginning to think if I've read one of his books, I've read them all.

Also see: Haunted
Also see: Fight Club

If you break down the attributes of each character, they repeat themselves in each story. Same characters, different names, and different relation to the protagonist. None of it's bad, but I get tired of the same story told over and over. Maybe I need to put some space in between his books.

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