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“A wild amphetamine ride through the vagaries of fame and the nature of belief.”—San Francisco Chronicle

Tender Branson—last surviving member of the Creedish Death Cult—is dictating his life story into Flight 2039’s recorder. He is all alone in the airplane, which will crash shortly into the vast Australian outback. But before it does, he will unfold the tale of his journey
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 5th 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published February 17th 1999)
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Jess
Dec 03, 2013 Jess rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to be honest, I'm starting to become less and less impressed with Palahniuk's work in general-- and it saddens me to admit this. I've read five of his books now (one non-fiction; one too plodding to even finish), and it's becoming too obvious that every character voice is exactly the same. They are all written the same, they all have the same delivery of speech and thought patterns, they are all perfectly one-dimensional. Blank, emotionless, cruel, somewhat hateful. Disenchanted with t ...more
Matt
Dec 04, 2013 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with a therapist on standby
chuck palahniuk will mess you up. he messed me up. 'fight club' put chuck on the map, but in my opinion, 'survivor' is where he really earned his paycheck.

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
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Araz Goran

" هي رحلة مضطربة هائجة عن تقلبات الشهرة وطبيعة الإيمان " ...

هكذا قالوا عن الرواية...

هي رحلة تبدأ من نقطة الصفر من قبل أحد آخر أفراد طائفة دينية.. الرحلة الانتحارية على متن طائرة ركاب متجهة نحو غياهب الصحراء الاسترالية..

أما عن مدى إضطراب الرواية فحدث ولا حرج كأنك تقرأ على الرواية على لوحٍ خشبي في وسط البحر،، الكرديشي المجنون (الناجي الأخير) الذي تتحول حياته من طفل منبوذ الى خادم في منزل ثري ثم مستشار نفسي الى قائد ديني تتصدر كتبه قائمة المبيعات بتلك الادعية الغريبة ..

التفاصيل تغلب على الرواية دو
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Rohisa
Reading 'Survivor' is like falling in love......with the wrong guy.

It starts off hot and heavy: you're intrigued; you're invested; you see stars amongst the darkness! alas, You've found love!

As the relationship progresses, you find fault. you criticize. you're listless. you question.

oh, but then he smiles. he says that certain thing. that expression. that thought. that *something* that makes the heart go pitter patter. once again, you go all in....

The days turn into weeks. the weeks turn into
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Radwa
Nov 09, 2014 Radwa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
بعد الرواية دي أعتقد أني فعلاً بحاجة لرؤية طبيب نفسي للمرة الأولى، ليصلح ما أفسدته فيّ.
الرواية مضطربة بجنون، شخصيتها مجنونة، وربما العالم هو المجنون، وكان تندر برانسن، بطل الرواية، هو العاقل الوحيد؟
يحكي بالانيك قصة تندر برانسن، ورحلته من فتي كريدشي مطيع يجز العشب وينظف البقع إلى "الناجي الأخير" من طائفة الكريدش الانتحارية والقائد الديني الملهم.
ويقدم بالانيك شخصيات مثيرة مثل فرتيليتي الغامضةالتي تتنبئ بالمستقبل، آدم الضال، موظفة التحريات الاجتماعية التي كانت بحاجة شديدة للمساعدة قبل أن تساهم في
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Heather
Feb 16, 2009 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Palahnuik has a formula to his story-writing, and it's becoming more and more clear that every work becomes less and less impressive upon further examination. Every main character seems plagued by the same sense of nihilism and self-defeat like his Fight club protagonist, as well as the same delivery of speech, and thought patterns.

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
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Barry Pierce
Chuck Palahniuk is my guilty pleasure. His books aren’t good or anything but I just like reading them ironically. They’re palate cleansers y’know. This one is basically Chuck trying to write Fight Club again but it isn’t really working. It’s handy that the page numbers are backwards because then you know how many pages are left. Ugh. It’s fine.
فهد الفهد
الناجي الأخير

من يذكر (نادي القتال) سيجذبه اسم تشاك بالانيك، كلنا شاهدنا الفيلم الذي لعب بطولته إدوارد نورتن وبراد بت والذي اعتمد على رواية لبالانيك، كان لهذا الكتاب أن يتحول لفيلم بدوره وقد نشر في نهاية التسعينات، ولكن مشروع تحويله لفيلم توقف بسبب أحداث 11 سبتمبر، وخاصة أن افتتاحية الرواية ليست إلا مشهد خطف طائرة يقوم به البطل، والذي من خلال اختطاف الطائرة والسير بها لإسقاطها في صحاري أستراليا، بعدما أنزل كل الركاب وحتى الطيار، يروي قصة حياته للصندوق الأسود، إنها قصة طويلة، لشاب من طائفة دينية
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Magdelanye
Vonnegut,Kozinski,Christopher Moore and now Chuck Pahlaniuk have tapped the black humour of all the mainstream sacred cows, with stylish grace and the prescient ablity to extrapolate the consequences of our most innocuous acts.

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.
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Negativni
Feb 22, 2016 Negativni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"If you worry about disaster all the time, that's what you're going to get"

Ovo je bila turbulentna vožnja!

Na početku romana Palahniuk je napisao napomenu: "The books are never about what you think they are about", i da je ovaj roman ponajviše o (američkom) školskom sustavu koji djecu uči da se uklope i budu dobri radnici, odnosno: "to be the best possible cogs in some big corporate machine", a ne da razmišljaju svojom glavom i osnuju svoje firme i upravljaju svojim životom. Iako i nije baš o to
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Kristen
Jul 09, 2008 Kristen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: thrill seekers, those who don't care about facts
Recommended to Kristen by: Martin, Chris, and a bunch of guys my age.
Shelves: eh-books
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Sawsan
Jul 12, 2015 Sawsan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
رواية مختلفة في الفكرة وطريقة السرد, الكاتب استطاع أن يشد انتباهي من السطور الأولى للرواية
في طائرة بدون طيار يجلس بطل الرواية وحيدا وفي هدوء يحكي عن حياته, كيف تحول من عامل بسيط يتبع تعاليم طائفته الدينية إلى شخص مشهور إعلاميا يملك القدرة على التأثير في الناس
سخرية من صناعة الرموز في الإعلام, ومن الشهرة المزيفة وتسويق الأوهام
رواية تكشف عن الواقع وعن حقيقة بعض الظواهر في المجتمع
الأفكار المطروحة في الرواية مهمة وأسلوب بولانيك في التعبير عنها ممتع, لكن التفاصيل في بعض الأجزاء كانت مملة
والترجمة ممتا
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زهراء الموسوي
دراما سينيمائية وأحداث لا تصدق، فالكاتب يحاول أن يجعل سياق القصة كما يريد في خياله حتى لو كان الموقف وتعاقب الأحداث لا تقنع القارئ.
شخصية الفتاة ليست مقنعة، تواجدها ليس مقنع، بدى لي وكأنها تهبط من السماء والهبة التي تدعيها ليست مقنعة، لأنه عندنا يتبنى الكاتب النوع الواقعي من الروايات عليه الالتزام به وعدم الاستخفاف بعقول القرّاء

طبعا أتفهم الخيال في الروايات ولكن أن تطرح رواية على أنها واقعية فذلك ما يزعج عندنا أرى ما لا يقنعني ويحد من إستمتاعي بالرواية، مثال عندما كان في المطار وكانت الشرطة منتش
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شريف ثابت
كابوس مكتمل الأركان!

تشاك بالانيك يفك أزرار بنطلونه، يخرج قضيبه، ويطرطر على المجتمع الذى فقد كل خصائصه وتحول لطبقات لا تنتهى من الزيف ثم الزيف ولا شئ إلا الزيف على جميع الأصعدة بلا استثناء.. لأجل هذا انفجرت ثورة تايلر دوردن فى نادى القتال..

الرواية بصدد التحول لفيلم سنيمائى يتولى إخراجه فرانسيس لورانس (مخرج الجزء الثانى من ألعاب الجوع) وهو ظلم فادح لأن الرواية لا يصلح لها إلا ديفيد فينشر بما أنتجه التعاون السابق بينه وبين بالانيك فى نادى القتال

كل كلمات الشكر لا تفى هشام فهمى حقه، سواء لاختياره لل
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Sara J.
Jul 14, 2015 Sara J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sara by: random pick off the library shelf
Shelves: fiction
The only Palahniuk book I've read to date is "Fight Club" - and that is such a great book with such a great movie adaptation (watched it before I read it btw).

"Survivor" was an interesting story, with the (somewhat gimmicky) page numbers going backwards (to compel you to get to the end?). Haha. What was this about? A poke at marketing-driven franchises? The sorry state of money driven religions/churches? A handbook of cleaning tips (a part of me was hoping for the secrets of the removal of chewi
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Denise
Jun 22, 2008 Denise rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want to read something different.
Strange, intriguing at first, but ended with disappointment. Tender Branson is a veritable oddball, with more against him than the average person. I liked him up until a point in the novel where he ceased to think for himself. After that the book became unbearable, and a struggle to read. What started out creative, interesting, amusing, and with a bunch of mental "oh really"s, ended somehow in dejection. Which is odd, because the ending is quite amusing at parts. It is different in that when you ...more
Chris_P
Nov 28, 2016 Chris_P rated it liked it
Survivor follows the well-known recipe that makes Palahniuk a writer with extraordinary insight. However, I didn't like it as much as the other ones of his I've read. I guess absurdities are part of what makes his novels great, completing a pattern which makes perfect sense through metaphors and witty implications. Only here, these absurdities were sort of detached from one another. Something went wrong and I missed the point which, in Choke for instance, made my hair stand on end. That's not to ...more
Jonathan
Mar 18, 2009 Jonathan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What started out as a promising read quickly spiraled into a flaming wreck, similar to the plane crash that we're guaranteed on the first page. Or is it the last page?

The book and chapters are numbered in reverse order, as some kind of clever gimmick so that you open at the end of the story, and count down the pages until you finally reach the beginning. The concept is intriguing, and might work better if the story was structured around it(think: the film "Memento") but here, it feels pretentio
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Wayne Barrett
Jun 30, 2016 Wayne Barrett rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, religion, humor, 2016
4.5

""And he has these gross little monkey hands."
Right now, getting killed would be a breath of spring.
"That's supposed to mean he has a little wiener dick."
If Fertility keeps talking, my caseworker will have one less client in the morning.
"And he's not obese," Fertility says, "he's not a whale, but he's too fat for me."
In case there's a sniper outside, I open the blinds and stand my gross obese body in the window. Please, anybody with a rifle and a scope. Shoot me right here. Right in my big f
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Sercan Vatansever
palahniuk'tan ikinci kitap. son olmayacak. daha önce okuduğum dövüş kulübü mü yoksa bu mu daha iyiydi emin değilim ancak gösteri peygamberi daha cesurdu. ancak söz konusu palahniuk olunda okuyacağım her son kitabına 'en cesuru buydu' diyebilirim. neyse dikkat edilmesi gereken nokta burası değil zaten. söylemeden geçemeyeceğim, çok affedersiniz ancak bir elif şafak kadar düşündürtmedi.... adfsgdhf (esprisi var)
Fatema Hassan , bahrain

لأول مرة أشعر أني لست محظوظة بقراءة رواية ما، عادة أخرج من خياراتي بانتعاش يملؤني قناعة و رضا مهما تضاءل أو كثر، إن كنت شعرت مثلي بأنك كنت هنا -في قلب الرواية- من قبل! فهنالك خلل ما، ليس لأن هنالك عنصر مفقود في الرواية، بالرغم من كمالها إلا إن عناصر بولانيك موحدة في هذه الرواية وفي رواية نادي القتال و كأنها معيار ثابت للإبداع- وهذه مجازفة برأيي- ففي الروايتين ستجد الثيم ذاته و الإرباك السردي ذاته و تقريع النفس البشرية المُلحّ لظلالها النائية عن سراطها ذاته وحتى هوس الترتيب اللاخلّاق و الفوضى الم
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Vanessa
3.5 stars.

I feel like I'm getting too old for Chuck Palahniuk. Not because his books are geared towards young readers in any particular way - I mean, they are definitely adult books - but because of his writing style. It's definitely something that I would have loved if I'd been in my late teens/early twenties, in my university undergraduate days, but now I just feel a bit like rolling my eyes when I read certain sentences.

Saying that, I did enjoy this book for the most part. Survivor has a rea
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محمد مختار
رواية عجبتني جدا، بس في نفس الوقت حسيتها صعبة شوية، مش صعبة في الأسلوب أو السرد، لكن صعبة في الإسقاط المقصود من كل حاجة في الرواية على المجتمع الأمريكي

الرواية بتحكي قصة شاب، اتولد في إحدى القرى التابعة للكنيسة الكريديشية، والكنيسة دي عندها قوانين خاصة بيها، الإبن الأكبر فقط من يحق له الزواج وإنشاء أسرة وورث أملاك العائلة، وكل الأولاد والبنات اللي بعدي لا يرثون شيئا، وممنوع عليهم الزواج طوال عمرهم، ولا يسمح لهم بالعيش في القرية، بل يتعلمون منذ نعومة أظافرهم طرق وأساليب النظافة والخدمة في منازل ال
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Hande Dilbaz
May 23, 2016 Hande Dilbaz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Palaniuk ile ilk tanışmam ama son olmayacak!! Sisteme olan aykırı duruşu bildigim gercekleri gozden gecirmeme ebep oldu. Bazı bolumlerde sikilabilirsiniz zira bolca temizlik bilgisi, wc arkasi yazilqri var ama bunlarda bile alt metinlerde bir direniş var! çok sevdim!

"Hepimiz aynı televizyon programlarını izliyoruz, diyor dudak. Radyoda aynı şeyleri duyuyoruz, birbirimize aynı şeyleri söylüyoruz. Hayatın hiç sürprizi kalmadı. Hep aynı şeyler olup duruyor. Tekrarlar...Çok yakında aynı anda aynı şe
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M.
palahniuk’u türkiye’de pek çok kişiyle tanıştıran ve bir anlamda “moda yapan” kitabı fight club’dır elbette. sıradan, popülist ve klişe edebiyattan sıkılan kitap okurları palahniuk’a adeta “saldırmış” ve genel algıların dışına çıkan tarzına; sert üslubuna hayran kalmış.

ancak, en az fight club kadar sistem karşıtı, ve en az onun kadar sarsıcı bir romanı daha var: gösteri peygamberi.



dünyadan yalıtılmış, belli bir algı çerçevesinden hiç çıkmamış aslında tamamen “sıradan” olan birey, korkunç tüketim
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طاهر الزهراني
من الروايات التي تركت أثرها علي، فرغم مضي أكثر من شهر على قراءتها، إلا أنها لا زالت تؤرقني.
الرواية من حيث الفن لم تكن مرضية، هي كأغلب الروايات الأمريكية الحديثة، لوثها فريق عمل لأسباب تجارية،
الرواية انحرفت نحو الأكشنة بشكل متعمد، مما أدى لخفوت قيمة العمل من الناحية فنيا، وهذا لا يسلب الرواية أهميتها.
لكن فكرة الرواية مرعبة، والشخصية/الضحية في تلك الرواية لا تترك القارئ يعيش في وئام مع الحياة، لأنها تسلط الضوء على مدى هشاشة الإنسان، وانقياده التافه نحو حتفه..

..

- لقد كنت مدربا على الطاعة!

"من الرغ
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G.R.
Feb 26, 2008 G.R. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I really enjoyed Fight Club. I thought it was inventive and clever, well constructed and in it's way very honest.

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
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Nesli
Jun 05, 2015 Nesli rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Kitabı okumak istedim çünkü iyi yorumlar gördüm ve yazarın bir başka kitabını okuyup beğenmiştim. Şuan sadece bir zaman kaybı olduğunu düşünüyorum. Toplamda Palahniuk'un üç kitabını okudum, hepsi neredeyse birbiriyle aynı sadece konular farklı. Absürd karakterler yaratıyor, kapitalizmden bahsediyor, dinlerin ve medyanın insanı nasıl sömürdüğüne değiniyor ve sonunda da birileri ölüyor. Cidden olay kurgusu hep aynı ilerliyor.
Adam Light
Feb 04, 2016 Adam Light rated it it was amazing
Since I didn't know wht to expect, that's exactly what I got. A bizarrely told tale where nothing was quite as it seemed, filled with the unexpected twists Palahniuk is known to deliver. So, it was exactly what I expected. One of his better books, in my opinion.
محمد على عطية
لن تملك و أنت تقرأ هذه الرواية إلا أن تفكر في رائعة مؤلفها (نادي القتال), بل ربما ستتمنى لو كانت هذه الرواية قد تحولت إلى فيلم من بطولة إدوارد نورتون و هيلينا بونام كارتر أيضاً.
يبدو أن بولانيك له (تيمة) ثابتة في روايته, و محورها هو جنون المجتمع الأمريكي..في هذه الرواية يركز من ضمن ما يركز على أفكار الموت, و الشهرة, و التسويق, و تحويل الرأسمالية لكل شيء إلى سلعة بما فيها الدين...يتكلم عن (الحوسلة) بمصطلح المسيري.
بطل الرواية تحول في غمضة عين من شخص دُرب ليصبح خادماً مطيعاً يعمل بلا نهاية إلى قائد
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Written in stolen moments under truck chassis and on park benches to a soundtrack of The Downward Spiral and Pablo Honey, Fight Club came into existence. The adaptation of Fight Club was a flop at the box office, but achieved cult status on DVD. The film’s popularity drove sales of the novel. Chuck put out two novels in 1999, Survivor and Invisible Monsters. Choke, published in 2001, became Chuck’ ...more
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