Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey
Buster “Rant” Casey just may be the most efficient serial killer of our time. A high school rebel, Rant Casey escapes from his small town home for the big city where he becomes the leader of an urban demolition derby called Party Crashing. Rant Casey will die a spectacular highway death, after which his friends gather the testimony needed to build an oral history of his sh...more
Let me first say I love Chuck P. I love his usually disturbing stories and weird characters. I don't mind the fact that he seems a little crazy, and I don't mind all of the sex he writes about. I also don't mind the gory/gross factor. I like him!
This book was just bad in my opinion. Maybe if I knew it had an amazing ending I could have pushed through the last half, but after the first half of this book I realized I didn't care at all about Buster, or his story. So I stopped reading...more
This story somewhat follows a dull-witted character named Buster or Rant (as he's better known) who gets off on catching rabies. His attraction to pain and rabies eventually leads to a rabies plague. The story is told from the various and far too many points of view of p...more
It feels somewhat strange and almost in bad taste to be reviewing a Chuck Palahnuik book because this just happened. (If you don’t want to search through the link: Paquita (one of the coolest peeps on Goodreads) made mention of the fact that Chuck P. had recommended the book she had just read and if she had known that, then she probably wouldn’t have read the book because she doesn’t care much for the stylings of Mr. Palahniuk. Enter a crazed, rabid fan of Chuck P. who starts criti...more
The lowdown: Rant tells the story of Rant Casey - a small town kid that turns his little town on it's ear before moving to the city to continue his work. The book is comprised of accounts from people that knew Rant with only second hand accounts of his words a...more
I lied. I actually never heard this song until about four minutes before typing the previous sentence. For the sake of accuracy, when I heard the Elf Power cover of the song, which until about five minutes ago I didn't even realize was a cover, but which I should have assumed since the whole album it is one is made up of cover songs. I wanted to share the Elf Power version, but this...more
Mediocre? Unfocused? Half-assed?
I am a big fan of Palahniuk. I love Fight Club, Invisible Monsters, Survivor, Choke, Diary, and Lullaby. I even like Haunted a bit. I think he is great at picking some aspect of American Culture and flipping it over so it's soft white underbelly is clearly visible.
Unfortunately, with Haunted, he appears to have developed a taste for the 'big gross-out.' Rant continues that trend. And what is worse is that the book is wri...more
So before anything else, a horrible confession: that this is the first novel by Chuck Palahniuk I've ever actually read from cover to cover. Yeah, I know, shame on me! And the reason this is such a big deal, of course, is that I'm an obsessive fan of the movie version of Fight Club, adapted from another of Palahniuk's novels, a film I have officially now seen one zillion freaking times. And why do I...more
I enjoyed the pacing during the middle part that was mostly chronicling the party crashing, appreciating where he'd pulled inspiration- secret raves, art car culture, cruising culture, etc. I definitely picked up vibes of Ballard's Crash too- that almost became too obvious to me. I liked the overt political use of Night-timer vs. Daytimer. All of that, including the early history of Rant, was finely crafted storytelling.
Pros: I liked the way he told the story. It was odd, but I liked it.
Cons: Everything else. There are some dark, sick and disturbing images described (which are to be expected since it is a Palahniuk book) but some stuff made me uncomfortable even reading. By the end of this book I was so thoroughly confused that I re-read it. It was clever but it seemed kind of pointless. By the last page you're not sure of anything and annoyed that you spent so much time...more
Part of the joy is the idea of a car...with a flaming Christmas tree on top...flying through the air into a body of water...to the, you know, strains of Philip Glass' Violin Concerto II.
Part of the joy comes from the fact this is the first third of a trilogy, apparently.
Part of the joy is that the book is entirely a greatest-hits package of Chuck's strengths...remixed in the "oral biography" form. Like, like if Guns n' Roses wrote ten variations on "Sweet Child o' Mine"...more
The story is told in a series of narrations from the perspective of several different characters. Each character describes their take on the title character and event’s surrounding him. The narrators are really the ma...more
It starts off about this crazy kid called Rant who intentionally catches rabies and spreads it to as many people as he can. But it’s written like a screenplay, with everyone chipping in their s...more
Rant is an informal and funny oral biography of a man named Buster Casey (Rant) born in the rural town of Middleton with wicked senses of smell and taste far more superior than any other human. He acquired the nickname "Rant" from a childhood hoax involving animal organs which later on resulted in plentiful people getting sick. As the victims throw up, they make a sound resembling the word "rant," which becomes a local synonym for "vomit" and Buster's nickname (‘cau...more
But, is there anything here worthwhile....yes, Chuck feels that modern life is boring and he...more
Like his others, it's a page-turner and a relatively quick read, although deceptively dense. Also like his others, frequently funny. And even more so than his others, often incoherent or slapped together. Se...more
Part One: ok
So basicly rant is this screwed up kid in the american heartland. Grows up in the middle of no place, getting kicks from snakebits and coyote scratches. The kid is basically a testbed for every animal born disease you can contract with out buggering something.
This portion of the book sets it apart from the classic chuck story arc because we see the individual WHILE the screwing up takes place...more
Without really getting into the plot (because, as with most CP books, it's best to dive in without knowing what to expect at all), I will simply say that "Rant" contains the usual marks of most Palahniuk books-- which is to say: bizarre characters, excellent storytelling, fiery language, messed-up scenarios, a...more
It also definitely helped that the book contained both some pretty sharp and amusing social satire (it's about socialization, basically, for which a rabid protagonist is a an admitte...more
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