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and deny responsibility for the Tender Branson Sensitive Materials Landfill — a 20,000-acre repository for the nation's outdated pornography.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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"Survivor" is my favorite Palahniuk novel, it is scary how good this book is. This was the first book I had read by Palahniuk and now I am a devoted fan. Once I picked this book up and started ... Read full review

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Survivor is a bizarre jaunt through the life experiences of Tender Branson. Tender was a child who grew up to be a servant in the Creedish Death Cult and remains the only survivor. He shares his life’s tale to an airplane’s black box as it is destined to crash in Australia. The focus of the novel surrounds his rise to fame after the cult and the media’s exploitation of his past and present to gain ratings. The cinematic-esque descriptions make this book extremely entertaining and difficult to put down until the very end. 

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About the author (1999)

Chuck Palahniuk is the author of the best-selling novels Fight Club, Survivor, Lullaby, Diary, Rant, Damned, and many other works of fiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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