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Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk
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Aug 11, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: just-plain-weird-aka-pahlaniuks, favorite-author

The lullaby in this book is actually what I'd known as a "culling song," a type of chant or poem recited by certain tribes in Africa to an old or infirm person. This is done when the tribe has become overpopulated, and when the culling song is recited, the chosen recipient experiences a peaceful death.

Unfortunately, one of these culling songs can be found in a book of songs and rhymes from around the world. Which can be found in tons if libraries across the US. And the song still works, as many parents discover when they bring the book home and find their child dead the next morning, a death usually attributed to SIDS.

A reporter discovers the song and its secrets, accidentally memorizes them and is horrified to discover himself reciting it whenever someone irritates him. Even just THINKING it can cause a person to drop dead.

Thus begins a trip around the country, the reporter accompanied by a motley group including a Wiccan with her book of spells, who are determined to seek out EVERY copy of that book and destroy the song it contains.

Pahlahniuk has a very dark and twisted sense of humor -- which makes me a great fan of his work. This book included. Warning: if you didn't pick it up from just the synopsis, it's not for the faint of heart.

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