Survivor: A Novel

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1999 - Fiction - 289 pages
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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deny responsibility for the Tender Branson Sensitive Materials Landfill -- a 20,000-acre repository for the nation's outdated pornography.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.Not since Kurt Vonnegut's Mother Night and Jerzy Kosinski's Being There has there been as black and telling a satire on the wages of fame and the bedrock lunacy of the modern world. Survivor is Chuck Palahniuk at his deadpan peak, and it marks him as a blazing talent for the new millennium.

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This is my favorite novel by Chuck Palahniuk.
The things I enjoy about this book include social observations, suspense, and humor (regular and dark). Compared to Chuck Palahniukís most popular novel (the Fight Club), itís much more over the top but just as fun and transgressive.

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If Fox2000 didn't own all of Chuck's film rights I'd make this into the movie of my lifetime. From the last page to the first this book kept me turning. Vivid and crisp I've read this book 5 or 6 times and every time I stay anywhere for longer then a week I buy this book like the thought of having it on the nightstand in the hotel room is comforting - more comforting than that Gideon's Bible! (Now I have a traveling copy - I even leave a copy around sometimes - That's fun to think about!)  

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Chuck Palahniuk was born in Pasco, Washington on February 21, 1962. He received a BA in journalism from the University of Oregon in 1986. Before becoming a full-time author, he worked as a journalist and as a diesel mechanic. He has written numerous books including Survivor, Invisible Monsters, Lullaby, Rant, Stranger than Fiction, Tell-All, Damned, and Doomed. His book Fight Club was made into a film by director David Fincher and his book Choke was made into a film by director Clark Gregg.

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