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ISBN: 0099422689 / ISBN-13: 9780099422686

Choke

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Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk's controversial and blazingly original debut novel, introduced a fresh and even renegade talent to American fiction, one ... Show synopsis

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  • Choke (Vintage) – Mass-market paperback (2002)
    by Chuck Palahniuk

    Choke

    Mass-market paperback, Vintage
    2002
    304 pages

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    ISBN-13: 9780099422686

    Victor Mancini has devised a complicated scam to pay for his mother's hospital care: pretend to be choking on a piece of food in a restaurant and the person who 'saves you' will feel responsible for you for the rest of their lives. Multiply that a couple of hundred times and you generate a healthy flow of cheques, week in, week out. Victor also works at a theme park with a motley group of losers, cruises sex addiction groups for action, and visits his mother, whose Alzheimer's disease now hides what may be the startling ... Show more

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Reviews of Choke

Overall customer rating: 3.858
rat101

choked & provoked

by rat101 on Dec 21, 2009

It's just another silly dystopic read. There's lots of far out stuff to pique one's interest but the only thing that interested me was the discssion of Medical mnemonics. A most forgetable book - except during commercial flights. I never read The Fight Club but I did enjoy the movie - now I won't bother with the book.

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ReaderJnt

Highly recommended book!

by ReaderJnt on Oct 15, 2009

If you are a fan of the film 'Fight Club', than this is the book for you! 'Fight Club' author, Chuck Palahniuk, tells a tale about Victor Mancini, a medical school drop out student who fakes choking to death at fancy restaurants to be 'saved' by unsuspecting people. Victor is also a sex addict, and works at a colonial theme park with drugged out hippies, and losers. His best pal is kind of a dimwit and masturbates a lot. There is so much going on within this book, with the characters, the sub plots, the situations, and the dark humor is outstanding. A great novel to read. Chuck Palahniuk is a great author and has a powerful storytelling craft. Pick this book up!

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SLGF

Only for teenage boys?

by SLGF on Aug 6, 2009

This is not a book for an old lady, or any female. It is not funny or relevant to anyone's life, in my opinion.

dalicatalonia

Choke on Chuck

by dalicatalonia on Sep 18, 2008

Fun with Chuck! Lots of dirty words and laugh out loud in public kind of comedy. I recommend it for the rest of us immature types. I hear it's being made into a movie. I can't imagine it being true to the book and getting less than an NC-17 rating. Read this one first!

Ohrenberg

Palahniuk at his best

by Ohrenberg on Nov 2, 2007

Choke shows up Chuck Palahniuk at his best. This books marks the high point in his literature career, the writing is more fluid then that of his later novels and the story is more precise then any of his other novels. This entails the story of a man who while being a sex addict works at a colonial theme park and cons money out of strangers by pretending to choke at resteraunts. The author weaves the narrative around all the odd behavior our main character exhibits due to his sexual addiction and his appearent dissalussioment with the life he finds himself in. Like most Palahniuk novels there the reader is subjected to suspensefull waiting while the story unravels.

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