as others have mentioned, the book starts on page 247 or so and goes backwards to page 1. a simple, but clever gimmick that made me buy the book in the first place. and since the novel's protagonist, if we can call him that, is on a doomed airplane, the page numbering is highly appropriate.
palahniuk expertly traces one man's rise to fame. te...more
You would hijack a plane (flight 2039...more
So. After reading about 3 books in a row with this consistent formula, I was about ready to abandon my faith in him.
But. Then I read this book, and what a fresh bre...more
I knew I was going to finish this book (Survivor), it was easy to read. I read it a few years ago and don't remember much at all about it story wise, but I do recall feeling like people who liked Fight Club are supposed to fall in line with this, and it didn't feel like he had really put the effort in.
Apparently people really liked this book, I know many people gave it a lot of stars...more
Another commonality: they all have the uncanny ability to transform our feelings for their ungainly, unlikely,unlikable, sometimes even rather repulsive oddball freak heroes from clinicly detached to warm and fuzzy. Quite a class act.
We may not like them, but they are us....more
There's some terrible things talked about in this book, but god help me, I couldn't help but laugh.
Survivor is the story of Tender Branson, who, when we first meet him, is on an airplane minus passengers and pilot, the former having been deplaned shortly after takeoff and the latter having parachuted after giving tips to Branson about how to keep the plane in the air after the pilot jumps, the amount of time before all four engines flame out, etc. Branson is the sole occupant of the plane, and...more
I breezed through reading Chuck Palahniuk's "Survivor" in less than a week. This book was a very entertaining read, although not recommended if you are depressed or have suicidal tendencies.
The main character is a "survivor" of the Creedish Church District mass-suicide. A mandate of the Creedish religion is that all church members must immediately commit suicide upon learning that the Deliverance had come. So all those members who had been farmed out as labor-...more
The narrator begins by telling us that he has hijacked a plane and that he will run out of fuel in so many hours. In that time, he will tell us (and the flight recorder) the tale of how he got to where he is. So then, in...more
Well, "Survivor" had me hooked from the first page. Palahniuk's style of writing appeals to me. He crafted a creepy, weird protagonist whom I just can't help but feel sympathy for. His sentences put me right into the world and mind of a weirdo, while making me laugh and revel in the sheer...more
Questa frase, tratta dalla recensione del libro su La Repubblica, che viene citata sulla copertina dello stesso, riassume alla perfezione di tutto quello che potrei dire su questo libro, avendo però il prezioso dono della concisione.
Non mi limiterò ad una citazione, comunque, quindi ora darò fondo alle mie (scarse) abilità oratorie, e recensirò come si deve codesto libro.
Quel geniaccio di Palahniuk ci piazza una delle sue già...more
This is the first one I've read since I read some Amy Hempel. You can see her influence all over him. The notion of minimalist writing. No spare adjectives. No unnecessary description.
In an essay on writing he talked about inviting friends over to his house and getting them to discuss everything they know about a topic, and writing down everything they say. You can get a whole chapter o...more
The book starts and ends with Tender Branson in the hijacked plane where he has nicely served everyone their last meal, landed the plane somewhere so everyone could disembark except the pilot who jumps out with a parachute later on so that Tender can die on the plane himself. He has been telling h...more
Survivor is a farce from beginning to and ending that isn't supposed to happen the way it does. It's the life story of a... 'survivor' - which probably isn't the best word to describe Tender Branson; 'passenger' is perhaps a better choice - told as the plane he's unwittingly hijacked runs out of fuel and crashes into the Australian outback.
Hilarious, but not in a laugh-out-loud way; hilarious in a dark...more
This book is nothing like any other book I’ve read. It is very hard to compare this book to anything I...more
Done with Survivor
and I don't know what my opinion is ...
The whole idea of the book is unique. And the reverse page numbering (which was not visible on my mobile and I knew that from the review) and chapters is AMAZINGLY clever ...
Some moments I was stunned!!!
Like the first time fertility met Tender in the bathroom my mouth literally FELL!
Another when his brother came into the next stall
I dont understand yet why his brother killed himself using his brother in that odd p...more
The story of Survivor is about Tender Branson, ex-member of a Creedish Death Cult. He was born and raised inside the cult until his release into the real world upon adulthood where he forced to adapt and make something of himse...more