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Rant: The Oral Biography of Buster Casey by [Chuck Palahniuk]

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Rant: The Oral Biography of Buster Casey Kindle Edition

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“One of the most feverish imaginations in American letters. . . . More than your weekly prescribed dose of humor and humanity, cleverness and outrage.”
The Washington Post

“Brilliant. . . extremely fun. . . . With his love of contemporary fairytales that are gritty and dirty rather than pretty, Palahniuk is the likeliest inheritor of Vonnegut's place in American writing.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Mr. Palahniuk doesn't write for tourists. He writes for hard-core devotees drawn to the wild, angry imagination on display and the taboo-busting humor.”
The New York Times

“Unpredictably hilarious. . . . The writing is vivid, raw, and mordantly knowing.”
Chicago Sun-Times

“Truly unique. He writes at the edge of crazy, and you can feel his desperate urge to get at the truth of things.”
The Seattle Times

“Twisted? Come on, it's Palahniuk. Impossible to put down? Same answer.”
Men's Journal

“It's a rare novel that's as funny and as brain-bending as this one. Buckle up.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer

“A white-knuckled what-if,
Rant is the author's most idiosyncratic work to date.”
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“A strong dose of gore and sinewy prose.”
Time Out New York

“So funny that your facial muscles soon tire.”
The Guardian


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From Publishers Weekly

Buster Casey, destined to live fast, die young and murder as many people as he can, is the rotten seed at the core of Palahniuk's comically nasty eighth novel (after Haunted; Lullaby; Diary; etc.). Set in a future where urbanites are segregated by strict curfews into Daytimers and Nighttimers, the narrative unfolds as an oral history comprising contradictory accounts from people who knew Buster. These include childhood friends horrified by the boy's macabre behavior (getting snakes, scorpions and spiders to bite him and induce instant erections; repeatedly infecting himself with rabies), policemen and doctors who had dealings with the rabies "superspreader"; and Party Crashers, thrill-seeking Nighttimers who turn city streets into demolition derby arenas. After liberally infecting his hometown peers with rabies, Buster hits the big city and takes up with the Party Crashers. A series of deaths lead to a police investigation of Buster (long-since known as "Rant"—the sound children make while vomiting) that peaks just as Buster apparently commits suicide in a blaze of car-crash glory. This dark religious parable (there's even a resurrection) from the master of grotesque excess may not attract new readers, but it will delight old ones. (May)
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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00199B2YO
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Anchor; Reprint edition (May 6, 2008)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ May 6, 2008
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2265 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 338 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 904 ratings

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Chuck Palahniuk's nine novels are the bestselling Snuff, Rant, Haunted, Lullaby and Fight Club, which was made into a film by director David Fincher, Diary, Survivor, Invisible Monsters, and Choke, which was made into a film by director Clark Gregg. He is also the author of the non-fiction profile of Portland Fugitives and Refugees and the non-fiction collection Stranger Than Fiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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