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Choke by Chuck Palahniuk
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Jan 15, 2012

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You'll definitely need to take a shower after reading this one. On the other hand, you'll learn a lot of interesting sexual maneuvers without ever having to break out the Kama Sutra. In addition, you'll never look at a historical reenactment site the same way again. The "hero," Victor Mancini, is a mess (at the end, in more ways than one), and there's a lot to think about here concerning identity, goodness, loyalty, parenthood, dying, Jesus, addiction, heroism, redemption, and, yes, sex--all in a novel that takes about three hours to read (unless, of course, you slow down a little during the many, many sex scenes). The satiric humor gives balance to the disgusting aspects of the book, but this is still not a story for the faint of heart. The self-loathing hero consistently chooses the wrong path, and reveals his long history of poor choices with flashbacks interspersed with the current action, leaving readers to muse on whether there can truly be a happy ending for Victor, or whether we even want there to be one.

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