Choke by Chuck Palahniuk (read December 19, 2015)
If you haven’t seen Fight Club, I’m surprised your friends haven’t sat you down and forced you to watch ‘one of the best movies of all time.’ At least that’s what happened to me. Anyways, thats how I found out about Chuck Palahniuk: by Fight Club. Seeing this name again, in a Half-Price Books, on a number of books all donning his appellation, I figured I should respect the genius behind such a cinematic spectacle and buy one of his books; but reading the story that I had just seen didn’t appeal to me. However, a book whose cover displays a diagram of the human muscular system? Now that gets my attention.
The cover art illustrates the main character Victor’s experience in medical school. This is mentioned multiple times in the novel, and helps to emphasize the theme that sometimes, knowledge obstructs our view of the world. Little facts cloud the brain, running their own tangents in connections we’ve been taught to recognize instantaneously.
Palahniuk’s writing reads effortlessly and his characters are real. Real people with real problems. The way the irregular time sequence reveals Victor to the reader, the way the plot twists, and the odd, abnormal traits of the characters all encourage to keep reading, and make it quite a page turner. An especially good source of entertainment written exquisitely, I would definitely recommend this book to everyone, and am planning on picking up more books by Palahniuk on my next outing.
Rating: 5 out of 5