Choke: A Novel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jul 30, 2002 - Fiction - 304 pages
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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.
 

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The author's style: employs his trademark literary devise – repetition of set phrases – to humorous effect. He mixes medical information and sexual deviant information throughout the book. The book is ... Read full review

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User Review  - benuathanasia - LibraryThing

In my younger and more vulnerable years (i.e. when I was young, stupid and immature), I rather enjoyed Palahniuk's writing. Now I see it for what it is - shock for the sake of shock. It's no different ... Read full review

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Contents

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II
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III
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IV
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V
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VI
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VII
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VIII
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XXVI
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XXVII
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XXVIII
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XXIX
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XXX
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XXXIII
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XXXIV
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XXXVI
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About the author (2002)

CHUCK PALAHNIUK is the author of fourteen novels—Beautiful You, Doomed, Damned, Tell-All, Pygmy, Snuff, Rant, Haunted, Diary, Lullaby, Choke, Invisible Monsters, Survivor, and Fight Club—which have sold more than five million copies altogether in the United States. He is also the author of Fugitives and Refugees, published as part of the Crown Journey Series, and the nonfiction collection Stranger Than Fiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest. Visit him on the web at chuckpalahniuk.net.

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