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Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk
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Mar 29, 2010

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I am new here, and must confess to 'reading' this via audio book...does that get the crowd slowly moving away from me? I drive for much of my job, and even New Jersey drivers notice when someone is in traffic on Route 17 with an open book propped up on the wheel...
Perhaps, then, it was the enthusiastic reading by Paul Michael Garcia that kept me in at the start. The 'Clockwork Orange' strange-language effect propelled me past what felt like a childish exercise after that, and Chapter 2 found me turning down the volume lest it be overheard in public. Not a fan of gratuitous violence, I was at once disturbed and engrossed, and along for the ride.
This is my first Chuck Palahniuk, but will not be my last. While I found the ending hurried, illogical, and rather pat, the observations on our culture were amusing and caustic and all-too-indefensible. Like a rush-hour jaunt in Paramus, this was a ride that was thrilling, hair- raising, disturbing, ultimately rather hollow but memorable nonetheless.
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