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Choke (2001) [Novel]
by Chuck Palahniuk Rating: Weighted - 7.5 / Average - 7.5 of 10 (73 votes) (Rate!)
Reviews: 2 (show them) Review!

Summary :

Victor Mancini, a dropout from medical school, has devised a complicated scam to pay for his mother's elder care: Pretend to be choking on a piece of food in a restaurant and the person who "saves you" will feel responsible for the rest of his life. Multiply that a couple of hundred times and you generate a healthy flow of checks, week in, week out. Between fake choking gigs, Victor works at Colonial Dunsboro with a motley group of losers and stoners trapped in 1734, cruises sex addiction groups for action ("You put twenty sexaholics around a table night after night and don't be surprised"), and visits his mother, whose anarchic streak made his childhood a mad whirl and whose Alzheimer's disease now hides what may be the startling truth about his (possibly divine?) parentage. An antihero for our deranging times, Victor finds that his whole existence is a struggle to wrest an identity from overwhelming forces.

Original title: Choke
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionHumorSatire


  • Dedication: "For Lump. Forever."

Edition #1: Choke

Choke (2001)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Sheer anarchic fierceness of imagination.... A raw and vital book." The New York Times
  • "Few contemporary writers mix the outrageous and the hilarious with greater zest.... Chuck Palahniuk's splenetic, anarchic glee makes him a worthy heir to Ken Kesey." Newsday
  • "Palahniuk displays a Swiftian gift for satire, as well as a knack for crafting mesmerizing sentences." San Francisco Examiner
  • "Palahniuk has a vision that's as distinctive as it is disturbing. Like it or loathe it, Choke cannot be dismissed. Nor can its creator." Houston Chronicle
  • "Just as dark and outrageous as his previous work.... His voice is so distinctive that he exists as a genre unto himself." The Washington Post
  • "Palahniuk's language is urgent and tense, touched with psychopathic brilliance, his images dead-on accurate.... [He] is an author who makes full use of the alchemical powers of fiction as a way of illuminating the world without obliterating its complexity." LA Weekly
  • "Puts a bleakly humorous spin on self-help, addiction recovery, and childhood trauma.... Choke's funny, mantra-like prose plows toward the mayhem it portends from the get-go." The Village Voice
  • "Oddly, defiantly, happily addictive." Daily News
  • "[Choke] shines a flashlight into America's dark corners.... As darkly comic and starkly terrifying as your high school yearbook photo." GQ
  • "Palahniuk is a gifted writer, and the novel is full of terrific lines." The New York Times Book Review
  • "[Palahniuk's] most enduring trait... is that marvelous quicksilver voice of his.... The exuberance of his language makes it still worthwhile to brave these often chilly and dark waters." The Oregonian
  • "Choke is another welcome antidote to antiseptic consumer life, and you can't blame it for grabbing you by the throat." Maxim
  • "Chuck Palahniuk is a cult writer in the truest sense." Entertainment Weekly
  • "His subversive riffs conjure a kind of jump-cut cinema of the diseased imagination, resulting in an outlandish allegory that is as brutally hilarious as it is relentlessly bleak." Book Magazine
  • "This is Catcher in the Rye with gloves off, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest on ecstasy.... Brilliant isn't the right word, but it's the first word that comes to mind." Fort Meyers News Press
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Choke (2001)

ISBN: 0385501560

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