Penni4, May 5, 2012 (view all comments by Penni4)
Not for the faint at heart, but by far one of the best Palahniuk books written. This is the first of his books I read. I enjoyed it so much I read 4 more of his books one right after the other. Yes it's a little sick but it does have some undertone humor to it. Though I wouldn't want Victor as a friend, he is an interesting character to follow around. If you prefer light hearted books this is not the book for you. If don't mind a bit of twisted, mind bending reading, read this book.
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uncle_loki, April 28, 2007 (view all comments by uncle_loki)
Choke is as intensely sexual as fight club was intensely violent (That's a good thing by the way). And it's wildly humorous. I spent much of my time with the book camped out on my big cushy reading chair, giggling mischievously.
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Coni, January 30, 2007 (view all comments by Coni)
This book was awesome. It is extremely funny in a sick and twisted sort of way. It?s gross and explicit. The main character isn?t someone that you would necessarily like if you met him in person, but he?s entertaining to read about. I?d recommend this but only if you like sick and twisted books. If you don?t then, you?d probably hate this. Also if you didn?t like Fight Club, you don?t like sick and twisted stuff. ;)
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"Few contemporary writers mix the outrageous and the hilarious with greater zest....Chuck Palahniuk's splenetic, anarchic glee makes him a worthy heir to Ken Kesey."
by The New York Times,
"Sheer, anarchic fierceness of imagination....[A] raw and vital book."
by Library Journal (Starred Review),
"In the course of his three novels, Palahniuk has become a master of depicting the dark and depraved underbelly of our society through the voices of mordantly existential protagonists. Choke is no exception."
by The Village Voice,
"Puts a bleakly humorous spin on self-help, addiction recovery, and childhood trauma....[F]unny mantra-like prose plows toward the mayhem it portends from the get-go."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Palahniuk is a cheerful nihilist with a mordant wit and a taste for scatological humor. Fair warning: some may find his language and imagery offensive."
by Publishers Weekly,
"Victor is even more pathetic than Palahniuk's previous antiheroes....Still, the novel showcases the author's powers of description, character development and attention-getting dialogue handily enough to give this dark meditation on addiction a distinctive and humorous twist."
by John Green, Booklist,
"As with his previous novels, this one lacks subtlety, but it will have great appeal with the legions of disenfranchised who flocked to see Fight Club in the theater."
by Book Magazine,
"Clearly, neither plausibility nor coherence are priorities for Palahniuk. His subversive riffs conjure a kind of jump-cut cinema of the diseased imagination, resulting in an outlandish allegory that is as brutally hilarious as it is relentlessly bleak."
by LA Weekly,
"Palahniuk's language is urgent and tense, touched with psychopathic brilliance, his images dead-on accurate....[He] is an author who makes full use of the alchemical powers of fiction to synthesize a universe that mirrors our own fiction as a way of illuminating the world without obliterating its complexity."
by San Francisco Examiner,
"Palahniuk displays a Swiftian gift for satire, as well as a knack for crafting mesmerizing sentences."
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