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So I read Choke, by Chuck Palahniuk.  Oh, it was a beating.  Not looking to read that guy again anytime soon.  Gross, full of totally unlikeable characters, definitely designed to shock and disgust as much as humanly possible.  The book kind of redeemed itself at the very end (like, last 20 pages or so?) so I didn't entirely regret reading it.  But still, it just wasn't for me.  I was warned, but sometimes you just have to find these things out for yourself.

On the upside, I read Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, and I kind of liked it.  This one had some weird sex stuff in it, too, but not the same way Choke did.  It was mostly a sweeping family saga of Greek immigrants.  It was interesting and easy to read, and I felt like the sex stuff (the grandmother married her brother and the grandson/narrator is a hermaphrodite) was presented well (mostly not too graphic or shocking, just kind of weird) and had a point.  It wasn't my favorite book ever, but I had fun reading it.

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dustydistaff
Sep. 22nd, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC)
I could totally see how people with the right sense of humor would love this book. When I told my sister I didn't like this one, she recommended Lullaby. Someday I might pick that one up.
0bazooka0
Sep. 22nd, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
I'm a big Palahnuik fan. I've been reading him since high school. The movie version of Choke is coming out in a few days and my fiance is taking me to see it, even though he hated the book.
dustydistaff
Sep. 22nd, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC)
I loved the movie version of Fight Club but never read the book. It's possible I would like this one better in movie form, too, but it's hard to say.
myfriendjenny
Sep. 22nd, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
I didn't care much for Choke, although I liked Fight Club and Lullaby okay.

I remember liking Middlesex, but it has been a while since I read it, so the details are a little blurry in my mind.
jenna1230789
Sep. 26th, 2008 03:12 am (UTC)
I don't know why choke is on the list, chuck palahniuk has so many better books.
2bass
Oct. 1st, 2008 02:17 am (UTC)
It seems to be sort of divided among people who read Palahniuk's books. Most people enjoy Fight Club, then there's the group that loves Survivor, Choke and Invisible Monsters, and the group that loves Diary, Lullaby and his newer books. It's a weird one. Personally, I loved Choke, but didn't like Lullaby as much.
dustydistaff
Oct. 1st, 2008 01:31 pm (UTC)
Choke definitely seems like a love it or hate it kind of book. Even while I hated it I was thinking the whole time that someone with a different sense of humor would love it. Your division certainly fits my sister's recommendations (liked Lullaby but not Choke) so maybe I'll pick up one of those and see if I'm part of the second group.
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