Saturday, December 30, 2017

Chuck Palahniuk "Choke"

I had experienced so many emotions during reading this book. At first, I didn't like, then I tried to convince myself that the novel is not good, but it became harder and harder because I started to understand what is it about. And in the end, I closed with a thought "Yes, I like it!".

First thing I love about "Choke" is narration. Palahniuk gives you short chunks of the story without time connection but intentionally to let you understand the next chunk. Every chapter reveals you more and more puzzle details that in the end form you a whole picture. Every chapter you think that you understood, and then, the next chapter gives you something that let you see the story from a new angle.

I have so many posts blaming different books for a lot of redundant information. "Choke" is just perfect in this sense. Despite it contains a lot of sex scenes, each one reveals some very important information about the main hero and shows why he decided to do the next action. You literally cannot remove any scene without losing the sense of the story. It was quite an interesting trick from the author, by the way, to show how sexaholic thinks through the process of sex.

"Choke" is a short novel but deep at the same time. It is built around one strong idea and every sentence serves to explain it. And the text still doesn't feel dry instead it is very light and artistic. 

Images and symbols are bright. Some of them are quite stereotypical but they still have some zest, that makes the narration interesting. I love the idea of a colonial museum where the main hero works, showing his ignorance and comfort zone, and I love the idea of Dr. Paige Marshall showing literally the hero's future. 

All scenes are made the way to expose the culmination. One small detail, even one exact word turns all the picture that you saw before upside down and it strengthens a lot an effect of culmination. This is really a perfect work of the writer, he did it like a director who shots a movie, but without a movie.

I said a lot about how the book is written instead what is inside because I don't think it is worth to retell the plot - it is much better to read it yourself (it isn't long). The main idea is simple - if life is terrible it is you who you need to blame. You should find a reason and no matter how difficult is it you should get rid of the source of your problems. And then you should decide who you really want to be and build your life as you want. Any crisis has a source and any crisis can be overcome by removing the source. 

If we talk about a modern fiction I think this book is definitely worth to read. 

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