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The Sausage Factory Never Closes

Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey by Chuck Palahniuk

Reviewed by James Boice

"Chuck Palahniuk novels are not written; they are manufactured. They are material poured into a mold, then sold to disciples. They are escapist, mindless entertainment. This is not bad in itself. This is bad because they give the illusion of being above a culture of escapist, mindless entertainment. That's Palahniuk's genius...." Read the entire Esquire review.

3 Responses to "The Sausage Factory Never Closes"

    Kara May 2nd, 2007 at 6:52 pm

    I swear, after working in a bookstore for 3 years and hearing people go on and on about his crap, it's awesome to hear someone make an accurate assessment of his "book". Best review ever!

    Richard May 2nd, 2007 at 10:23 pm

    I just want to say that this is one of the best reviews I have read in years. It is strait-forward and to the point, and unlike many other reviews, does not feel like an automatically generated "essay" claiming how the book and author are amazing. The brutal truth is the best way to go.

    benjamins May 3rd, 2007 at 6:51 am

    Beg to differ; it's a typical esquire review: short, snarky and utterly lacking in substance, serving no other purpose but to make the airhead readers of cosmo-for-boys feel cool, smart and above it all.... and no I'm not a Palahniuk fan.

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