- Tapa blanda: 304 páginas
- Editor: Anchor; Edición: Reprint (1 de junio de 2002)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0385720920
- ISBN-13: 978-0307388926
- Valoración media de los clientes: 3 opiniones de clientes
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº197.609 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
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Choke (Inglés) Tapa blanda – jun 2002
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"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 "Puts a bleakly humorous spin on self-help, addiction recovery, and childhood trauma . . . [F]unny mantra-like prose plows toward the mayhem it portends from the get-go." --The Village Voice
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Medical school dropout Victor Mancini comes up with a complicated but ingenious scam to pay for his mother's elder care--pretend to be choking in a restaurant and con the individuals who "save" him into giving him money--while he cruises sex addiction groups for action, and visits his sick mother, whose Alzheimer's disease hides the bizarre truth about his parentage. Reprint. 100,000 first printing.Ver Descripción del producto
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Es crudo, provocador y muy original. Palahniuk crea personajes de lo más retorcidos, pero de los que te enamoras igualmente.
En el estilo habitual de Palahniuk, directo y sin florituras. Algunos momentos son muy buenos.
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In addition to being sexually impulsive, Victor must support his delusional mother in an assisted care facility, at a cost of $3,000 per month. How to raise that kind of money on a menial, minimum wage job? Victor trolls through area restaurants, staging choking incidents, compelling patrons to “save his life”. Having done so, he finds they subsequently feel responsible for his well-being, sending him money from time to time. The story cycles through choking incidents, sexual encounters, visits between Victor and his Mom (past and present), Victor’s job as a colonial reenactor and his relationship with his best friend, Denny.
The story is filled with other characters, just as “damaged” as Victor. This is certainly original and initially quite entertaining, but though short, it runs out of steam well before a nice plot twist near the end.
But just because the guy is a little formulaic doesn't mean he's not a brilliant author, and just because we might have been here before doesn't mean that this isn't a great book. One thing Palahniuk has going for him is his energy - you can feel it come across the page and slap you in the face. If Jackson Pollock had been a writer instead of a painter, or Vonnegut was a little grittier, or Bret Easton Ellis was a little more clever...well, that would Palahniuk.
The male characters in this book are emasculated - kind of like in fight club - and, same as in that book, it is not their fault. A great deal of Palahniuk's work tends to focus on the emasculation of the male; how there is no place in society anymore for an everyday guy to be a hero, or a cowboy, or a Knight-in-shining-armor, or much of anything at all, because the world has become so safe and consumer-friendly. The Inner dialogue of the main character, Victor, explores his addictions and chick-issues yes, but also gravitates around the fact that he doesn't want to be soft and mushy; he wants to be a jerk, and in the end, both fails and succeeds at the task. If your male and ever had to deal with the expectations of your mother, all of this will seem strangely familiar to you...
This book is a page turner; the dialogue may be a little stilted, but hey, what do you want from the guy, this is the way people actually speak in our `modern times.' Besides, the prose is so visceral and beautiful it gos a long way towards raising the value of his words.
If your into cynical, subversive, humorous, and clever books, you'll probably enjoy novel.
Victor then accounts the tale of his life, liberally interspersed with flashbacks to the times his mother broke out of prison or asylums to steal him back. Victor's best friend is a self-abuser who collects rocks to keep him in recovery. They both work in a Colonial-Era theme park, playing roles of servants and nobodies who more often than not wind out in the stocks at the village center.
Victor finances his mother's care by pretending to choke in restaurants. Once "saved" by a fellow human, he has found that people will offer money to keep him on his feet. He keeps an account of the names and dates from which different people "saved his life", and occupies his spare time sending thank-you notes to the hundreds of people he has scammed this way.
A strange relationship develops between Victor and his mother's doctor, Paige Marshall. Of course, Victor will discover that Dr. Marshall has extreme oddities of her own.
'Choke' is filled to the brim with oddities. One could almost describe it as having "too much information", but Victor is relentless in his descriptive narrative of comparisons and discoveries. From $exaholics to the insanities of the "nursing homes", old-people's diseases and hallucinations, behind-the-scenes accounts of the recovery meetings, and Victor's own recollections of his childhood, 'Choke' is one messed-up book.
Dude, if you like the bizarre, the psychotic, the deranged, the loony, the batty, and love to cheer for the lunatic protagonist, then you will love Palahniuk. 'Choke' is an amazing stream of meanderingly meaningless and subtly delirious mind-farts from the twisted brain of one Victor Mancini. And if you think he's bad, wait till you meet his mother.
However, the title and premise are misleading. This is not a story of a guy who chokes on food to make a living. This is the story of a very, very disturbed person with more issues and defects that I can count who happens to choke on food to make a living. I expected this to be the A plot when it was really more of the Z plot. I kind of felt like it was a bait and switch.