Survivor



➸ Survivor Free ➮ Author Chuck Palahniuk – E17streets4all.co.uk Not since Vonnegut s Mother Night and Kosinski s Being There has there been as dark and telling a satire on the wages of fame and the bedrock lunacy of the modern world Not since Vonnegut s Mother Night and Kosinski s Being There has there been as dark and telling a satire on the wages of fame and the bedrock lunacy of the modern world.Survivor

Written in stolen moments under truck chassis and on park benches to a soundtrack of The Downward Spiral and Pablo Honey, Fight Club came into existence The adaptation of Fight Club was a flop at the box office, but achieved cult status on DVD The film s popularity drove sales of the novel Chuck put out two novels in , Survivor and Invisible Monsters Choke, published in , became Chuck s first New York Times bestseller Chuck s work has always been infused with personal experience, and his next novel, Lullaby, was no exception Chuck credits writing Lullaby with helping him cope with the tragic death of his father Diary and the non fiction guide to Portland, Fugitives and Refugees, were released in While on the road in support of Diary, Chuck began reading a short story entitled Guts, which would eventually become part of the novel HauntedIn the years that followed, he continued to write, publishing the bestselling Rant, Snuff, Pygmy, Tell All, a remix of Invisible Monsters, Damned, and most recently, Doomed Chuck also enjoys giving back to his fans, and teaching the art of storytelling has been an important part of that In , Chuck began submitting essays to ChuckPalahniuk on the craft of writing These were How To pieces, straight out of Chuck s personal bag of tricks, based on the tenants of minimalism he learned from Tom Spanbauer Every month, a Homework Assignment would accompany the lesson, so Workshop members could apply what they had learned all of these essays can currently be found on The Cult s sister site, LitReactorThen, in , Chuck increased his involvement by committing to read and review a selection of fan written stories each month The best stories are currently set to be published in Burnt Tongues, a forthcoming anthology, with an introduction written by Chuck himself His next novel, Beautiful You, is due out in October .

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  • Paperback
  • 289 pages
  • Survivor
  • Chuck Palahniuk
  • English
  • 21 June 2019
  • 0385498721

10 thoughts on “Survivor

  1. says:

    I m going to be honest, I m starting to become less and less impressed with Palahniuk s work in general and it saddens me to admit this I ve read five of his books now one non fiction one too plodding to even finish , and it s becoming too obvious that every character voice is exactly the same They are all written the same, they all have the same delivery of speech and thought patterns, they are all perfectly one dimensional Blank, emotionless, cruel, somewhat hateful Disenchanted with t I m going to be honest, I m starting to become less and less impressed with Palahniuk s work in general and it saddens me to admit this I ve read five of his books now one non fiction one too plodding to even finish , and it s becoming too obvious that every character voice is exactly the same They are all written the same, they all have the same delivery of speech and thought patterns, they are all perfectly one dimensional Blank, emotionless, cruel, somewhat hateful Disenchanted with the world, anti and asocial There s no depth of feeling even when Palahniuk attempts to create a characteristic turn around, it falters and falls short with the singular exception of Fight Club The hero always knows a handful of miscellaneous facts that loosely relate to the content enough to serve as cynical metaphor how to make soap, how to clean up evidence of violence, etc this miscellany is always interspersed with social commentary and scraps of dialogue, absolutely routine by now It works for one book, creating such a by the book nihilistic protagonist through disjointed prose, but when every single character is a misanthropic maggot, it gets old.The writing is still sharp, if you want to call it that, but completely formulaic Disappointing to discover this about Palahniuk s style.That said, this one is at least holding my attention a littlethan Diary, so I ll probably finish it

  2. says:

    chuck palahniuk will mess you up he messed me up fight club put chuck on the map, but in my opinion, survivor is where he really earned his paycheck as others have mentioned, the book starts on page 247 or so and goes backwards to page 1 a simple, but clever gimmick that made me buy the book in the first place and since the novel s protagonist, if we can call him that, is on a doomed airplane, the page numbering is highly appropriate palahniuk expertly traces one man s rise to fame te chuck palahniuk will mess you up he messed me up fight club put chuck on the map, but in my opinion, survivor is where he really earned his paycheck as others have mentioned, the book starts on page 247 or so and goes backwards to page 1 a simple, but clever gimmick that made me buy the book in the first place and since the novel s protagonist, if we can call him that, is on a doomed airplane, the page numbering is highly appropriate palahniuk expertly traces one man s rise to fame tender branson is the sole survivor of the creedish cult who decide to stage their own johnstown massacre consequently he becomes something of a media darling, everyone wanting a piece of the action palahniuk illustrates just how really susceptible we americans are to clever marketing and the completely ridiculous idea of celebrity what, exactly, is our fascination with celebrities and hollywood types i started thinking about the ridiculous number of tv shows dedicated to following celebrities et, access hollywood, celebrity justice, etc, etc, etc, and not to mention an entire tv channel E devoted to a shoving unrealistic hopes, dreams, and ideals down the throats of the every day, average american who has no hopes of ever achieving the hollywood life i m pretty sure hollywood is ruining america i think palahniuk s masterstroke, however, is showing us tender branson s book of prayer it s a sorry commentary on the state of christianity in america so called christians who actually try to sell prayers unreal and this from a VERY christian individual it wouldn t be as funny if it weren t true he shows our proclivity to bandwagon, to flock to the new thing simply because it s the new thing, regardless of it s actual value or merit chuck palahniuk isn t for the faint of heart like i said, he ll mess you up this book stayed with me for weeks after reading it it ll do the same for you but i don t think that s necessarily a bad thing a biting commentary on contemporary american culture

  3. says:

    When you open this it soon becomes bewildering It s impossible to find continuity between one page and another It took me about fifteen minutes to discover the trick of reading it You have to start at the last page and read backwards from right to left The narrator is one of the last surviving members of a religious death cult and those few who didn t commit suicide at the appointed hour are being hunted down and murdered He tells his story from the cockpit of a plane he has hijacked and wh When you open this it soon becomes bewildering It s impossible to find continuity between one page and another It took me about fifteen minutes to discover the trick of reading it You have to start at the last page and read backwards from right to left The narrator is one of the last surviving members of a religious death cult and those few who didn t commit suicide at the appointed hour are being hunted down and murdered He tells his story from the cockpit of a plane he has hijacked and which will crash when it runs out of fuel It s a madcap and often very wise and funny satire of the modern world and its support system My only reason for deducting a star was occasionally I felt Palahniuk got carried away with his searing lunatic vision One image I ll never forget is the detailed instructions on how to eat a lobster It s one of those most macabre horrifying things I ve ever read

  4. says:

    Palahnuik has a formula to his story writing, and it s becomingandclear that every work becomes less and less impressive upon further examination Every main character seems plagued by the same sense of nihilism and self defeat like his Fight club protagonist, as well as the same delivery of speech, and thought patterns So After reading about 3 books in a row with this consistent formula, I was about ready to abandon my faith in him.But Then I read this book, and what a fresh bre Palahnuik has a formula to his story writing, and it s becomingandclear that every work becomes less and less impressive upon further examination Every main character seems plagued by the same sense of nihilism and self defeat like his Fight club protagonist, as well as the same delivery of speech, and thought patterns So After reading about 3 books in a row with this consistent formula, I was about ready to abandon my faith in him.But Then I read this book, and what a fresh breath of air it was Yes, it applied the formula Yes, it had the same nihilistic, disenchanted, one dimensional main character, but it also didn t try to surprise me with the ending like most of his books usually do i.e Lullaby , Diary , and Choke I truly believe that because of this, the novel was saved from being a duplicate, boring disaster This book was compelling, albeit slow to start You really won t feel interested until probably half way through But it s well worth the wait If there s two books you read from this author, I would suggest Fight Club , and Survivor In that order

  5. says:

    Chuck Palahniuk is my guilty pleasure His books aren t good or anything but I just like reading them ironically They re palate cleansers y know This one is basically Chuck trying to write Fight Club again but it isn t really working It s handy that the page numbers are backwards because then you know how many pages are left Ugh It s fine.

  6. says:

    Vonnegut,Kozinski,Christopher Moore and now Chuck Pahlaniuk have tapped the black humour of all the mainstream sacred cows, with stylish grace and the prescient ability to extrapolate the consequences of our most innocuous acts.Another commonality they all have the uncanny ability to transform our feelings for their ungainly, unlikely, unlikable, sometimes even rather repulsive oddball freak heroes from clinically detached to warm and fuzzy Quite a class act.We may not like them, but they are Vonnegut,Kozinski,Christopher Moore and now Chuck Pahlaniuk have tapped the black humour of all the mainstream sacred cows, with stylish grace and the prescient ability to extrapolate the consequences of our most innocuous acts.Another commonality they all have the uncanny ability to transform our feelings for their ungainly, unlikely, unlikable, sometimes even rather repulsive oddball freak heroes from clinically detached to warm and fuzzy Quite a class act.We may not like them, but they are us No matter that we are not flitting about in our private jet nor yet hijacking someone else s flight, not slogging through dense undergrowth or along remote mountain passes, we can see the logic in the extreme actions of the characters, and can easily place ourselves in the action.If you can get past the truly awful bits at the beginning and want to know anythingabout a powertripping,manipulative, emotionally stunted slob, you may read on to reluctantly accept that this is an apt archetype for the kind of people the system church,state, and economic are churning out CP has brilliantly exposed the paradoxes of power and the vacuum in the soul of American culture CP s irony is consistently in your face but he can also be subtle His trick of pagination starting at the beginning of the end with the countdown to zero, was not something GR could handle My reading graph for this book is hilarious But how fitting the metaphor for societies negative progress The Irony of NamesFirst, the irony of Tender being the generic name for boys brought up to obey without question,the authority and the rules instilled in them by their elders.This entailed suppression of all the qualities, compassion, emotional depth and sensitivity to ones own as well as primarily the feelings of others,that most prominently define the original meaning of the word That Our Hero continues to use this name, almost as a pseudonym,even when discarding his uniform of faith, confirms his passive accepting character He is lost without instructions, yet he feeds on praise and goes through severe withdrawal when deprived of his audience.That our unflappable heroine, the plucky and prescient Fertility Hollis, believes that she is sterile,gives her the protection she requires for the most distressing aspect of her job as a surrogate mother, the possibility of actually having to conceive and carry off a pregnancy I think CP is rubbing it in here with his imagery of a depraved and barren aspect of the abundance that surrounds us, always hungry forI found it rather chilling that Fertility achieved her blase attitude to the disasters she predicted by accepting the fact that it was useless to warn people because not only would they not believe her, they would question her ability.It is interesting to note the wide variety of responses posted for this book on GR.I can see that some people might get bogged down in being offended I thought it was great reading and a wickedly accurate assessment of the situation here as it is evolving.There are also scattered about this terrific, provocative book some really basic and practical helpful hints for stain removal and basic household micro management

  7. says:

    If you worry about disaster all the time, that s what you re going to get Ovo je bila turbulentna vo nja Na po etku romana Palahniuk je napisao napomenuThe books are never about what you think they are about , i da je ovaj roman ponajvi e o ameri kom kolskom sustavu koji djecu u i da se uklope i budu dobri radnici, odnosnoto be the best possible cogs in some big corporate machine , a ne da razmi ljaju svojom glavom i osnuju svoje firme i upravljaju svojim ivotom Iako i nije ba o toIf you worry about disaster all the time, that s what you re going to get Ovo je bila turbulentna vo nja Na po etku romana Palahniuk je napisao napomenuThe books are never about what you think they are about , i da je ovaj roman ponajvi e o ameri kom kolskom sustavu koji djecu u i da se uklope i budu dobri radnici, odnosnoto be the best possible cogs in some big corporate machine , a ne da razmi ljaju svojom glavom i osnuju svoje firme i upravljaju svojim ivotom Iako i nije ba o tome Roman obradjuje dvije teme 1 ta se de ava kada se vjerskoj zajednici dopusti da imaju potpunu kontrolu nad edukacijom djece, 2 kako je dru tvo opsjednuto slavnim osobamaDid perpetual happiness in the Garden of Eden maybe get so boring that eating the apple was justified Roman je satira pa su neki dijelovi karikirani pa i nadrealni, ima tu i paranormalnog, ma ima svega i zabavno je, ali mislim da se malo previ e udaljio od realnosti da bi ovo bila ozbiljna kritika bilo ega Tako er se ponavlja i ponavlja ak i dobra fora postane naporna kada dodaje punchline na punchline.No, op enito mi se svi a njegov stil pisanja Jednostavan je i ivahan Palahniuk u svoje romane uvijek ubaci zanimljive informacije ili pri e koje uje od poznanika i prijatelja Podsjetio me na Camusa i njegovog Stranca kojeg sam nedavno itao i to ne samo po jednostavnom stilu pisanja nego i po nejasno definiranom glavnom liku Kasnije sam pro itao da je i sam Palahniuk naveo Camusa kao jednog od svojih glavnih uzoraSince change is con stant, you won der if peo ple crave death be cause it s the on ly way they can get any thing re al ly fin ished Dakle, roman svakako vrijedi pro itati Kratak je i ima tu stvarno za svakoga pone to Kritizira ono za to mislim da bi i trebao kritizirati, no likovi i radnja jednostavno nisu dovoljnu uvjerljivi i zanimljivi da bi me potpuno uvukli i zainteresirali Tako da je ovo slaba etvorka Mo da bi bolje funkcioniralo kao malo du i esejI shvatite kako nam upravo nepovjerenje spram budu nosti toliko ote ava odricanje od pro losti Ne mo emo se odre i vlastite ideje o tome tko smo bili Svi oni odrasli koji se igraju arheologa po buvljacima i tragaju za predmetima iz djetinjstva, igricama, ovje e ne ljuti se svi redom su prestravljeni Sme e se pretvara u sveta ke relikvije Monopoli Hula hop Nostalgija za onim to bacamo u otpad samo je prikaz na eg straha pred vlastitim razvojem

  8. says:

    The only Palahniuk book I ve read to date is Fight Club and that is such a great book with such a great movie adaptation watched it before I read it btw Survivor was an interesting story, with the somewhat gimmicky page numbers going backwards to compel you to get to the end Haha What was this about A poke at marketing driven franchises The sorry state of money driven religions churches A handbook of cleaning tips a part of me was hoping for the secrets of the removal of chewi The only Palahniuk book I ve read to date is Fight Club and that is such a great book with such a great movie adaptation watched it before I read it btw Survivor was an interesting story, with the somewhat gimmicky page numbers going backwards to compel you to get to the end Haha What was this about A poke at marketing driven franchises The sorry state of money driven religions churches A handbook of cleaning tips a part of me was hoping for the secrets of the removal of chewing gum from clothes would be mentioned somewhere no such luck, I was tempted to take notes though The voice is actually quite similar to Fight Club in feel Endless rattling of anecdotal statistics facts in between commentaries and it even has it s own version of Marla and Tyler Durden type characters.Quite an interesting read actually Liked it Writing 5, Story 3, Cleaning tips 4 chewing gum, man, chewing gum So 4 I am interested to see how Palahniuk s other titles read now, I wonder if they all sound similar Hmm

  9. says:

    4.5 And he has these gross little monkey hands Right now, getting killed would be a breath of spring That s supposed to mean he has a little wiener dick If Fertility keeps talking, my caseworker will have one less client in the morning And he s not obese, Fertility says, he s not a whale, but he s too fat for me In case there s a sniper outside, I open the blinds and stand my gross obese body in the window Please, anybody with a rifle and a scope Shoot me right here Right in my big f 4.5 And he has these gross little monkey hands Right now, getting killed would be a breath of spring That s supposed to mean he has a little wiener dick If Fertility keeps talking, my caseworker will have one less client in the morning And he s not obese, Fertility says, he s not a whale, but he s too fat for me In case there s a sniper outside, I open the blinds and stand my gross obese body in the window Please, anybody with a rifle and a scope Shoot me right here Right in my big fat heart Right in my little Wiener Oh Chuck what the f I love it I can get a great discussion on comedy and tragedy from Dante if I want, but in this 21st century I think I prefer Palahniuk s version Chuck doesn t deliver thoughts, emotions, real life experiences with kid gloves No, he throws them right in your face like a big cream pie If I wanted a discussion on the negative liabilities of religion and ensuing corporate greed I could browse some Dawkins But again I very much enjoy Chuck s version A satirical punch in the gut look at cults and the flock of sheep that follow modern days greener grass This is my 5th Palahniuk novel and I am starting to think I would like to read all his novels

  10. says:

    Since I didn t know wht to expect, that s exactly what I got A bizarrely told tale where nothing was quite as it seemed, filled with the unexpected twists Palahniuk is known to deliver So, it was exactly what I expected One of his better books, in my opinion.

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