Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Choke by Chuck Palahniuk

I'm still behind on reviews from 2007 so this will be short.

Mediocre isn't the best word, but it's the first word that comes to mind.

Repetitive isn't the best word, but it's the first word that comes to mind.

This is the first Palahniuk that I read, and I wasn't very impressed. The first and last couple of chapters were well written, but the rest was kind of boring and repetitive. Example: near the beginning of the book he mentions that "deja vu" has an opposite, "jamais vu." Interesting. A few chapters later he mentions the same thing, but not in an offhand or clever way, he just copied and pasted the same paragraph that I had read 5 chapters ago. It's repetitive, did I mention that yet? So in then end, what could have been a great book comes off as demeaning, as if he assumes the readers are dumb.

8 comments:

Nihil Novum said...

This blog hates Chuck. Good.

Christopher said...

My friend is always badgering me to read this and I told him I would. Now I regret it.

Carlton said...

I found Fight Club enjoyable, but nothing spectacular.

Carlton said...

But had you read that paragraph before?

Nihil Novum said...

I am going to read that this year Carlton, and so help me, if it sucks, I'm going to rip your face off by the hinges.

Nihil Novum said...

From Carlton's review of Fight Club:

"This book was, above all, spectacular..."

"Palahniuk's command of language was spectacular..."

"Spectacular? That's what I'd call the protagonist of Fight Club..."

"My preferred title? Spectacular Club."

Carlton said...

You gotta admit, Spectacular Club does have a nice ring to it.

Christopher said...

"Palahniuk's spectacular was very spectacular and not to mention spectacular. One spectacular might be that the spectacular spectacular was spectacular spectacular spectacular. Spectacular."