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Choke de Chuck Palahniuk
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Choke (original: 2001; edição: 2002)

de Chuck Palahniuk

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Victor Mancini is a medical school dropout who believes himself to be a direct descendant of Jesus Christ. He is also incorrigible sex addict who pays for his ailing mother's medical bills by pretending to choke in restaurants and so reaping sympathy checks from the people who "save" him.
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Título:Choke
Autores:Chuck Palahniuk
Informação:Anchor (2002), Paperback, 304 pages
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Adult fiction. I'd never read any Palahniuk before, so I thought I'd try. It was ok, but nothing spectacular. If you can stand some extra graphic-ness, I'd recommend something like Josh Bazell's Beat the Reaper instead. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
"If you're going to read this, don't bother...What happens here is first going to piss you off. After that it just gets worse and worse."

I can't say I wasn't warned. This is my first experience with Palahniuk, and I have to say I'm mostly disappointed (especially since nothing DID piss me off). All of the "gross" and obscene things were there just for the sake of being gross or obscene. It was like listening to a teenage boy tell wild tales to show off to his friends his large vocabulary and "worldliness". Did we really have to fill Victor up with literal shit to emphasize that he's metaphorically full of shit? My largest issue is that so much of it is set up in a way that is contrived and makes little sense. As a former medical student, I find it difficult to believe that he is acutely aware of his impaction and the problems it is causing and yet he refuses to seek medical help.

There is some meat and merit to the story, though. The relationship between Victor and his "mother" was fascinating. Denny's castle was interesting. If Palahniuk spent even half as much time developing these personal connections and character stories as he did on filling in the pages with "shocking" scenes I would have enjoyed this so much more.

2.5 stars ( )
  kohrmanmj | Sep 21, 2020 |
Chuck Palahniuk's book "Choke" is a tough one for me to rate. I didn't enjoy reading it at all but I can really appreciate that the writing style integrates seamlessly with the overall tone and story of the book.

Victor, our narrator, grew up in and out of foster care with a mother that snatched him from his foster care placements periodically. He has a whole host of 'mom' issues but has given up his life to pay for her care in a facility as she wastes away.

This is definitely not a book to read if you're feeling depressed about the state of humanity -- it is not going to help your views. I'm not sure it's really a good book if you're feeling particularly hopeful about humanity either. At any rate, this isn't something I particularly liked but I can appreciate why others might. ( )
  amerynth | Feb 23, 2020 |
Rare occasion where the movie was better ( )
  katewillett | Jan 31, 2020 |
This entire story was a descent into madness. From the opening scene to the climactic (in multiple ways) ending, the characters in this story start out unlikable and steadily worsen. Mental illnesses reign and those are the bright spots. This author seems to find ways in each of his stories I’ve read to continue to churn out characters worse than his previous ones, and impressively, that’s quite a challenge. Sadly, though, the realism of these characters helps to put into perspective the truth that the author writes about as far too often, these scenes play out all around the world each day ( )
  Tim.Roberson | Nov 19, 2019 |
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Choke seizes the dirty truth disguised beneath our modern glamours and screams it loudly into your ear. You may find yourself feeling unusually militant after reading Choke – consider this a warning.
 
In Chuck Palahniuk's 1996 cult novel ''Fight Club,'' a young man escapes the emasculating boredom of modern life by indulging his violent, antisocial impulses. Victor Mancini, the narrator of Palahniuk's energetic, exasperating new book, also keeps in close touch with his inner bad boy, though what it is he's trying to escape is less clear. His operating principle is ''What would Jesus NOT do?''
adicionado por stephmo | editarNew York Times, Jennifer Reese (May 27, 2001)
 
''If you're going to read this, don't bother.'' So Chuck Palahniuk introduces the reader to Choke, showcasing the punkish style of his fourth novel from line one. The narrator, Victor Mancini, continues: ''After a couple pages, you won't want to be here,'' he warns. ''Save yourself.'' The hero's warning is the author's awkward wink, and there, in the third paragraph, you have the story's over-worked theme: salvation.
adicionado por stephmo | editarEntertainment Weekly, Troy Patterson (May 25, 2001)
 
So ''Choke'' is an uneven but still raw and vital book, punctuated with outrageous, off-the-wall moments that work as often as not.
adicionado por jlelliott | editarThe New York Times, Janet Maslin (May 21, 2001)
 
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Victor Mancini is a medical school dropout who believes himself to be a direct descendant of Jesus Christ. He is also incorrigible sex addict who pays for his ailing mother's medical bills by pretending to choke in restaurants and so reaping sympathy checks from the people who "save" him.

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