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Lauren's Journal


Nipple Jesus | Ghost World | Survivor | The God of Small Things | Lolita | The Dharma Bums | Ham On Rye | Haroun and the Sea of Stories | Wizard of Oz

book summary

Chuck Palahniuk, the author of the novel Survivor, has an uncanny way of using sarcasm to make light of very serious situations. This entire novel is actually a satire. He proceeds to mock the weak, ridicule organized religion and bits and pieces of society in general. I admire him for these reasons, not for the harshness of his words but simply because a lot of what he says seems to have some truth.
The narrator, or main character of this novel is a jack of all trades. I especially liked the way he describes the many tidbits of common sense that have helped him get by in life such as: using toothpaste to fill bullet holes, spraying hairspray on fake flowers to prevent fraying, the right and wrong ways to eat a lobster, and using clear nail polish to fill small holes in clothing, among many others. Id like to think of him as a disturbed boy-scout-man. I also liked the descriptions he gave of the marble floors, wavering music, and flowers while he stood inside of the Mausoleum. I personally have never been in a mausoleum before but he gave me a pretty good general idea of what the inside of one looks like.
Ok, back to the sarcasmPeople who usually call a crisis hotline are in dire need of attention and a few nice words, right? Well that is just the opposite of what the main character, who happens to work for one gives his callers. Throughout a large portion of the book, suicidal and depressed people are constantly calling him and the most he tells them is to simply just pull the trigger, or, cmon, I have to work in the morning and its late, just shoot yourself. I mean, I guess you really have to have a good sense of humor or put yourself in a hotline workers shoes. I found it quite funny despite the fact that it really wouldnt be a good thing for some one to tell suicidal people to just shoot themselves. This kind of satirical humor appears all throughout this novel.
All in all, I found this book quite amusing. I would rate this one an 8 overall. I recommend this novel to the open-minded and people who enjoy a good satire. I havent read his novel Fight Club but I have seen the movie. Honestly, I didnt enjoy it as much as I thought I would.