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Pygmy af Chuck Palahniuk
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Pygmy (original 2009; udgave 2010)

af Chuck Palahniuk

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"Begins here first account of operative me, agent number 67 on arrival midwestern American airport greater _____ area. Flight _____. Date _____. Priority mission top success to complete. Code name: Operation Havoc." Thus speaks Pygmy, one of a handful of young adults from a totalitarian state sent to the United States, disguised as exchange students, to live with typical American families and blend in, all the while planning an unspecified act of massive terrorism. Palahniuk depicts Midwestern life through the eyes of this thoroughly indoctrinated little killer, who hates Americans with a passion, in this cunning double-edged satire of a xenophobia that might, in fact, be completely justified.… (mere)
Medlem:KilroyWasHere
Titel:Pygmy
Forfattere:Chuck Palahniuk
Info:Anchor (2010), Edition: 1 Reprint, Paperback, 256 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Nøgleord:Ingen

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Pygmy af Chuck Palahniuk (2009)

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    fugitive: I make this recommendation primarily based on the unique artificial dialects created by both Palahniuk and Burgess.
  2. 00
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    paradoxosalpha: Narrative from a twisted, terroristic, undercover anti-protagonist
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    souci: Actually a better look at fractured English.
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    fugitive: The protagonist uses a fractured, and manufactured language which takes some getting used to.
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This is an odd book to try and place. Its written in pidgin English, which makes getting into the flow of reading somewhat difficult. The style never lets up. If you don't get it by Chapter 3 or so, you're never going to finish. It has a decent story - however, it fails to actually elaborate on the most interesting bits sticking to a fairly cliched coming-of-age high school story. There are some laughs, some groans, one or two really disgusting bits, and one of the best damned explanations about dodge ball I have ever come across. If you haven't read anything else by Chuck, I'd give this one a pass and pick up Invisible Monsters or Fight Club. ( )
  illmunkeys | Apr 22, 2021 |
One of my dog-walking clients has this book in his apartment. After I'm done walking his dog, I eat some of his candy and I read a couple of chapters from this book on the couch.

I suppose it was time I grew up anyways: Chuck Palahniuk is a hipster. Whatever subversive themes you can dredge up out of his books are pretty well battered by cliche, and too-obvious tropes. Drugs, rape, racism, violence, sex, shock shock shlock. No underlying spirit. Fake nihilism that makes us say, "welp, glad that's not my life, let's go shopping."

The ending is such a disappointment. I was looking for subversive evil tragedy. But I just got bullshit capitulation. I hope that was an editor's insistance and not from the author.

The use of rape in this book is casual, which is meant to shock/tittilate the reader. I can't read books like that anymore. It's only funny/shocking/tittilating if you've remained blind and ignorant to the rape that happens to friends and family too often. If you understand it, then you don't treat it with hipster casualty.

PS: If you want to read a book in Engrish, try Everything is Illuminated. It doesn't have the hipster scorn for all humanity, so it's a geniunely different book. But that's what makes it better. ( )
  magonistarevolt | Apr 28, 2020 |
very clever. very difficult to read. ( )
  subspacer | Mar 25, 2020 |
Too hard to read, but full of insights on white western culture, two extreme clashing cultures. ( )
  simonspacecadet | Jul 29, 2018 |
I'm a pretty big fan of Chuck. Read all his books. Really love Survivor, Choke, Fight Club, and like the other novels to a slightly lesser degree. Smart, funny, dark stuff. Wasn't that into Haunted. The short story form seemed to bring out his "hey, check out this super-creepy thing I thought up" tendencies while crippling the brilliant plotting and satire of his novels. And then came Snuff. Which I got nearly nothing out of. Some mildly funny porn movie titles. That's about it. And I can get that at my local video store.

So Pygmy is definitely an improvement on that, but still really didn't measure up to his usual quality for me. I got used to reading the broken English narration, but I couldn't get over the issue of why supposed "reports" by a foreign agent to his home country would be in English, which he can't speak. Just seemed like an excuse to write "funny" bad English which didn't really make sense. Plotwise, it had it's moments but just wasn't as interesting to me as his other books, and the characters seemed a bit one-note.

Let's hope Chuck comes back to the smarts and satire and backs off on the gross-out factor, next time round. ( )
  Chamblyman | May 19, 2018 |
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Readers of Palahniuk’s excellent early work (“Fight Club,” “Invisible Mon­sters”) will sense a shallow, phoned-in quality to his new novel. Despite its transgressive trappings and cultural-­critique posturing, “Pygmy” is as defanged as Marilyn Manson.
 
For all its satirical tail-swallowing, however, the novel's strongest currents of feeling swirl around the hero's experiences in the education system. Behind the often quite funny overkill and casually exiguous plot, it's essentially a fantasy about being a small, picked-on outsider in high school while fancying yourself a secret agent on a mission of revenge.
 
Sloppy yet smart, Chuck Palahniuk's "Pygmy" veers from sublimely ridiculous to just plain ridiculous, sometimes within a single paragraph.
 
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Inizia qui primo resoconto di operativo me, agente numero 67, in arrivo a aeroporto americano di Midwest, area urbana di ****. Volo ****. Data ****. Missione prioritaria, richiesto successo totale. Nome in codice: Operazione Caos.
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"Begins here first account of operative me, agent number 67 on arrival midwestern American airport greater _____ area. Flight _____. Date _____. Priority mission top success to complete. Code name: Operation Havoc." Thus speaks Pygmy, one of a handful of young adults from a totalitarian state sent to the United States, disguised as exchange students, to live with typical American families and blend in, all the while planning an unspecified act of massive terrorism. Palahniuk depicts Midwestern life through the eyes of this thoroughly indoctrinated little killer, who hates Americans with a passion, in this cunning double-edged satire of a xenophobia that might, in fact, be completely justified.

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