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Choke by Chuck Palahniuk

Victor Mancini, a medical-school dropout, is an antihero for our deranged times. Needing to pay elder care for his mother, Victor has devised an ingenious scam: he pretends to choke on pieces of food while dining in upscale restaurants. He then allows himself to be “saved” by fellow patrons who, feeling responsible for Victor’s life, go on to send checks to support him. When he’s not pulling this stunt, Victor cruises sexual addiction recovery workshops for action, visits his addled mom, and spends his days working at a colonial theme park. His creator, Chuck Palahniuk, is the visionary we need and the satirist we deserve.
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Author Biography: Chuck Palahniuk’s four other novels are the bestselling Fight Club, which was made into a film by director David Fincher, Survivor, Invisible Monsters, and Choke. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780099422686
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/28/2002

About the Author

CHUCK PALAHNIUK is the author of fourteen novels—Beautiful You, Doomed, Damned, Tell-All, Pygmy, Snuff, Rant, Haunted, Diary, Lullaby, Choke, Invisible Monsters, Survivor, and Fight Club—which have sold more than five million copies altogether in the United States. He is also the author of Fugitives and Refugees, published as part of the Crown Journey Series, and the nonfiction collection Stranger Than Fiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest. Visit him on the web at


Portland, Oregon

Date of Birth:

February 21, 1962

Place of Birth:

Pasco, Washington


B.A. in journalism, University of Oregon, 1986

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Choke 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 528 reviews.
Middle_of_Nowhere More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I have ever read by Chuck Palahniuk and I have to say I will never forget it. Sometime last year a friend gave me a list of books, one of the books happen to be Choke. She told me that the book was by the same guy who wrote Fight Club. I never new the movie Fight Club was based off a book and I thought because I enjoyed the movie so much I would give Choke a try. I found that this book was nothing like I have ever read before. It was so disgustingly enjoyable, I found myself lost in a world that I did not want to enter. Taboo isn't the right word, but it's the first word that comes to mind. After I finished reading this book, I could not figure out if I really liked it or not. The book had a refreshing originality to it, but I was not sure I would want to read it again. I continued to think about the book for the next following days, then it hit me: its not whether or not I like the book, it is that fact that I am still thinking about it. I think this is what Palahniuk was truly going for, he didn't care whether people liked it or not it was that people were thinking about his book. I still think about this book today and I am still not sure whether i really like it or not. However this is what makes it wonderful, I love not being able to explain things and define them. I have decided that this is one of my favorite books not because I like or don't like it but because I can't decide.
Prahni More than 1 year ago
From the very beginning of the novel Choke, by Chuck Palahniuk, we are instantly warned, "If you're going to read this, don't bother." This warning should be discarded immediately for this book was great. The main character, Victor Mancini, a med school drop-out, is a character that you really shouldn't like, but you do. You really can't help it! His perception on life is one to really think on, and by the end of the book you don't really want to leave his twisted world. Palahniuk's diction is simple and easy to understand, yet, the way he strings them together, create a picture unlike any other. Palahniuk certainly has a way of reaching into our minds, disturbing us and all the while making his readers beg for more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I did learn some new sex moves, this book is awful. Basically porn, and bad porn at that.
FocoProject More than 1 year ago
If you can not pronounce the author¿s last name, do not despair, neither can 95% of the rest of the population. What matters here is that what you are getting in this book is some of the nitty gritty you saw in Survivor and not the watered down stuff you saw in Haunted. This book, has gone on to become my favorite Palahniuk book, though I still think Fight Club may be able to dethrone it, once I frigging read it, for now this one wears the crown.

It is the messed up story of a lonely guy who works as a Colonialist¿he basically dresses up old school (literally) and plays the part of a Colonial Era citizen in a Museum-type town. I visited a place like that up in Georgetown. Kind of creepy, those places, like the renaissance festival without the turkey legs. Anyway, this guy is really messed up and lonely, taking care of his mom at an old people¿s home and getting his sexual kicks as well as his economic woes by choking.

If that does not send you rushing out to the bookstore, I do not know what will. But I do warn, beware of the sex and the language and the plain messed up ideas this man will put into your head which are entirely un-washable. Still, I gobbled this up in a weekend, because it is one of the most original and actually touching stories I have read in a while¿and its actually sort of a love story. Seriously.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For some, this book will be a fascinating peek into a very real subculture of our society, namely the lives of those afflicted by an addiction to sex. For others, the explicit sexual content will be a guaranteed trigger and recipe for sleepless nights and/or nightmares. You know yourself; take your own history into account when deciding whether or not to read this book.
The-Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Entertaining, humorous, easy read. My first introduction into Palahniuk. It's a dark book, but full of damaged yet everyday characters you'd meet the bus. I'm surprised it was 300 pages because I believe I read through it in a matter of days. A real page turner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The title is Choke, but really, the focus of the story is sex, sex, sex. The back cover summary and the title are very misleading about the whole plot of the book.

The book, however, is full of allusions and witty lines, but they don't make the book amazing.

The introduction sets the reader up for one hell of a ride, but the rest of the book just doesn't deliver.

By the end of the story, you'll be sick of his repetitive sentences.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well, Choke was the first book by Palahniuk that I've read, and I now want to read all of them. Choke was very different from anything that I've read before. The ending is very VERY surprising. It made me laugh, it made me cringe, it made me want to keep reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This Novel is set mostly at a colonial re-enactment town and makes great use of the unique setting. The two main characters make for a funny pair. This is a lighter version of the friendship we read about in Fight Club. If you have seen the movie adaption don't think it compares to this book. The thoughts of the characters are the best part of Palahniuk's writing and Choke is no exception.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chuck Palahniuk has never let me down. Right when you think you know what to expect from him, he finds a way to shake you. This book is worth every penny, and it's content will stay in the back of your mind long after reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pornographic. Deleted it off the Nook for fear my grandchildren would pick it up. I tried to stay with it but threw it out at page 35 and I am fairly open minded. The review was certainly not accurate. If I could I would have had B & N refund my money. A big fat 0 as a rating. And they suggested it to me. It certainly isn't in my profile as a type of book I'd read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will keep you thinking long after your done reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Chuck Palahniuk, and this book definitely does not disappoint! It's very interesting and somewhat twisted, and the ending is very unexpected! Love love love!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easily one of the wierdest books i've read in a long time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you have read any of his other works, you will enjoy his sick look on life in this book as well. Do not assume the movie did this book any justice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you liked his other writing, such as Fight Club, you might enjoy this book. It is a dark, sometimes humorous, and sexually charged story. I read through this book in one week and I do not have much free time available for things I like to do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a fairly good read, kinda sags in the middle and isn't really as believable as Fight Club. Writing style is extremely similar to the point where it feels like the same narrator in places, but the actual story and characters are fully unique and interesting and all the weird stuff comes together well in the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book three times already, every time I get something new out of it. Just absolutely amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. Good story. Definitely would recommend. Easy read and keeps you wanting more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was just okay. In fact, I almost gave it 2 stars instead of 3, but I truly believe that the author is brilliant; I just didn't see it in this book. If you really want to see his talents shine, read Survivor instead. This was a disappointment, not exactly the word I mean, but it's the one that comes to mind.
Heather Alfrey More than 1 year ago
Great look at addiction and self loathing. Brilliant character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After a few chapters I gave up - just couldn't get past all the sordid sex scenes. Glad I borrowed this book and didn't spend good money on it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heed the warning at the beginning of the book but if you go ahead and read it, be ready for some very raw images. Overall I enjoyed the book but some people may find its language a bit much to take. The story was enjoyable and easy to follow. The twist at the end I did not see coming. It was a good plot just a little shocking with the language.
C_Kingsley More than 1 year ago
This was my first Chuck book and I've began my quest to read more Chuck books. His writing is raw and could be seen as somewhat offensive. Keeps you hooked and guessing the whole time.
Chris_H More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down, despite being on vacation at one of the most beautiful places in the world. It has all of the twists and turns I've come to expect from Chuck's books. For me, it was a quick and thoroughly enjoyable read. A warning, however, that, as with most of Chuck's work, this is not for the faint of heart or the weak of stomach.