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Publisher Comments:

"Begins here first account of operative me, agent number 67 on arrival midwestern American airport greater _____ area. Flight _____. Date _____. Priority mission top success to complete. Code name: Operation Havoc."

Thus speaks Pygmy, one of a handful of young adults from a totalitarian state sent to the United States, disguised as exchange students, to live with typical American families and blend in, all the while planning an unspecified act of massive terrorism. Palahniuk depicts Midwestern life through the eyes of this thoroughly indoctrinated little killer, who hates us with a passion, in this cunning double-edged satire of an American xenophobia that might, in fact, be completely justified. For Pygmy and his fellow operatives are cooking up something big, something truly awful, that will bring this big dumb country and its fat dumb inhabitants to their knees.

It's a comedy.

Review:

"Palahniuk's 10th novel (after Snuff) is a potent if cartoonish cultural satire that succeeds despite its stridently confounding prose. A gang of adolescent terrorists trained by an unspecified totalitarian state (the boys and girls are guided by quotations attributed to Marx, Hitler, Augusto Pinochet, Idi Amin, etc.) infiltrate America as foreign exchange students. Their mission: to bring the nation to its knees through Operation Havoc, an act of mass destruction disguised as a science project. Narrated by skinny 13-year-old Pgymy, the propulsive plot deconstructs American fixtures, among them church ('religion propaganda distribution outlet'), spelling bees ('forced battle to list English alphabet letters') and TV news reporters ('Horde scavenger feast at overflowing anus of world history'), before moving on to a Columbine-like shooting spree by a closeted kid who has fallen in love with the teenage terrorist who raped him in a shopping mall bathroom. Decoding Palahniuk's characteristically scathing observations is a challenge, as Pygmy's narrative voice is unbound by rules of grammar or structure (a typical sentence: 'Host father mount altar so stance beside bin empty of water'), but perseverance is its own perverse reward in this singular, comic accomplishment." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"In a time of justifiable concern about terrorism, Palahniuk has written a hilarious novel about an unlikely terrorist cell....[He] leaps over the line of good taste — and lands squarely on his feet." Booklist

Synopsis:

Palahniuk depicts Midwestern life through the eyes of Pygmy, a thoroughly indoctrinated little killer who hates America with a passion, in this cunning double-edged satire.

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About the Author

Chuck Palahniuk's nine novels are the bestselling Snuff; Rant; Haunted; Lullaby; Fight Club, which was made into a film by director David Fincher; Diary; Survivor; Invisible Monsters; and Choke, which was made into a film by director Clark Gregg. He is also the author of Fugitives and Refugees, a nonfiction profile of Portland, Oregon, published as part of the Crown Journeys series, and the nonfiction collection Stranger Than Fiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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Clark, May 8, 2009 (view all comments by Clark)
Pygmy is another masterpiece from Chuck Palahniuk. In my humble opinion, Pygmy is one of Palahniuk's top three books, Fight Club and Survivor being the other two. Yes, the fragmented and disjointed writing style of this story is difficult, and that may turn people away from the book. I recommend reading this book slowly to fully appreciate the creativity of Palahniuk in creating these "broken-English" sentences. I found myself getting accustomed to the writing style as I kept reading, it makes more sense and it actually started to flow. This book will make you laugh, it will make you feel nauseous, and it will make you laugh while feeling nauseous. Yet it still delivers keen observations on life. I don't know how Palahniuk does it but it makes for a great and entertaining story.

For those of you who have felt that Palahniuk has "been off his game" with some of his recent releases, I assure you that Palahniuk is back on top of his "game" with Pygmy. I will definitely be reading Pygmy again. If you enjoy a unique and creative story then Pygmy is the book for you. Chuck Palahniuk truly is a literary genius.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385526340
Author:
Palahniuk, Chuck
Publisher:
Doubleday Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Students, foreign
Subject:
Terrorists
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.65 x 5.75 x 1 in .9 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Palahniuk's 10th novel (after Snuff) is a potent if cartoonish cultural satire that succeeds despite its stridently confounding prose. A gang of adolescent terrorists trained by an unspecified totalitarian state (the boys and girls are guided by quotations attributed to Marx, Hitler, Augusto Pinochet, Idi Amin, etc.) infiltrate America as foreign exchange students. Their mission: to bring the nation to its knees through Operation Havoc, an act of mass destruction disguised as a science project. Narrated by skinny 13-year-old Pgymy, the propulsive plot deconstructs American fixtures, among them church ('religion propaganda distribution outlet'), spelling bees ('forced battle to list English alphabet letters') and TV news reporters ('Horde scavenger feast at overflowing anus of world history'), before moving on to a Columbine-like shooting spree by a closeted kid who has fallen in love with the teenage terrorist who raped him in a shopping mall bathroom. Decoding Palahniuk's characteristically scathing observations is a challenge, as Pygmy's narrative voice is unbound by rules of grammar or structure (a typical sentence: 'Host father mount altar so stance beside bin empty of water'), but perseverance is its own perverse reward in this singular, comic accomplishment." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "In a time of justifiable concern about terrorism, Palahniuk has written a hilarious novel about an unlikely terrorist cell....[He] leaps over the line of good taste — and lands squarely on his feet."
"Synopsis" by , Palahniuk depicts Midwestern life through the eyes of Pygmy, a thoroughly indoctrinated little killer who hates America with a passion, in this cunning double-edged satire.
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