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  • By K. Rennie on July 8, 2016

    “SURVIVOR”“Survivor” is Chuck’s second book published (1999). It’s not as crude as “Choke” and not as subversive as “Fight Club.” It has the same dark humor that I openly laughed out loud at; thankfully when you are reading, no one knows exactly what you find so amusing. Recently it was announced that “Survivor” is being adapted by Jim Uhls (screenwriter of Fight Club) into a television show. I believe the plot and back story are enough to keep this show afloat for several seasons. I will try to keep my expectations low, to avoid being disappointed.The novel is about Tender Branson, a member of the “Creedish Church.” Only firstborn sons and their wives get to stay in the Creedish community; the rest are sent out to work in the “outside world” as servants, to send their earnings back to the church. Tender spends his time scrubbing the home of employers who seek his advice on etiquette but only ever interact with him via speaker phone. (“What are they serving for dinner? Lobster! How are we supposed to handle that?!”)Following a mass suicide of the Creedish Church community and remaining members in the “outside world,” Tender becomes the sole survivor. A smarmy agent develops Tender into a sacrosanct mega superstar mahatma. (“I told the agent I already knew my childhood. Over the phone he said, “This version’s better.”) “Survivor” is a satirical jab at instant celebrity and religion, blended together with helpful cleaning tips, a history of artificial flowers and the hint of love story.If that isn’t enough plot to entice you to read the book, I am sorry. Someone at Wiki practically re-wrote the book on their site, so I’m doing my best not to reveal too much. Each time I read the book I have found new things to love. All of the people I have recommended this book to, loved it and went on to read more novels by Chuck.Favorite Quote: “You’ve never seen a crucifix with a Jesus who wasn’t almost naked. You’ve never seen a fat Jesus, or a Jesus with body hair. Every crucifix you’ve ever seen, the Jesus could be shirtless and modeling designer jeans or men’s cologne.”Or:“Amphetamines are the most American drug. You get so much done. You look terrific, and your middle name is Accomplishment.”

  • By Jgeorge7 on July 29, 2017

    This is a really great book, and interestingly weird in a "I can't put this down even though I have work in 3 hours" way. I love this author, he has super random and interesting ideas, and his stories are filled with great, issue-riddled characters. This particular book, Surviver, stars the last remaining member of a Creedish cult. His name is Tender, and he begins the book by informing the reader that he has just hijacked a plane and will be reciting his life story into the black box, to ensure that it survives an impending crash into the Australian Outback. It then takes you back in time to the beginning. Through a newspaper typo, he has acquired a suicide hotline, through which he indirectly meets a prophetic dreamer. They start a strange adventure together after someone begins offing the last remaining cult survivers. Tender suspects it to be his estranged twin brother. Definitely a fun read & his books are always worth reading, especially if you appreciate dark humor. Chuck Palahniuk is hilarious and creative; definitely give him a try.

  • By Yoda on May 8, 2016

    This book was written by Palahniuk when he was at the top of his game and is, in this reviewer’s opinion, his second best book (only Fight Club beats it). Hence it epitomizes all that is great in Palahniuk’s books. It is very subversive, Dadaist, anti-materialist and anti-commercial, irreverent, dystopian, scatological (to a major extent – hence the book is not for the squeamish or the faint of heart) and has a very negative view of humanity in general. All and all it would have made a great movie. The author wishes he could discuss the plot in more detail but this would ruin it for those who did not read the book.Last but not least the audiobook is wonderfully read. The narrative brings out, especially, the irony and Dadaist essence of the book through his readings. Highly recommended.

  • By Guest on May 13, 2016

    This book was clever and well written and I think the characters were developed and personified very well. I liked the style of writing and because of that, this was a quick read for me. They story was also interesting with some major commentary on key themes in humanity such as religion, fame, sex, and mental health.Overall I thought the book was great and I am only giving it three stars because it was so dark and disturbing at points that it was a little sad, which is not really what I typically aim to feel when reading a book. In terms of my taste, this book is an average read that I wouldn't really say anything bad about, but that I also would not necessarily recommend to others unless you are an avid reader. If you only read a few books a year, there are better books for you to read in my opinion.

  • By Alain C. Dewitt on October 28, 2012

    Ok, so Palahniuk has upped his record to 3-1 with me. I read 'Pygmy' a few months back and really thought it was a dud.'Survivor' was much better. It didn't finish quite as strong as the first third of the book seemed to promise. It did contain the usual mix of equal parts hysterical and depressing observation about the human condition. People call Palahniuk a nihilist. Having read first 'Fight Club' and now 'Survivor' I wouldn't say that is inaccurate but it's also not entirely fair either. I would say that Palahniuk believes that life should be lived without regard to convention and without fear of the opinion and disapprobation of others. He believes in freedom and a life without fear because this is all there is and we should make the most of it.I did notice something curious about 'Survivor' that it had in common with 'Fight Club'. Palahniuk loads the book up with what I can only describe as Hints from Heloise. The protagonist is a domestic servant in the home of a rich couple in Portland and he is an expert at the cleaning and stain removal. I found this similar to the practical advice Tyler Durden gives to the narrator of 'Fight Club' about how to make soap and explosives. I wonder how accurate these tips are.


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