Rant: The Oral History of Buster Casey

Rant: The Oral History of Buster Casey

by Chuck Palahniuk
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Rant: The Oral History of Buster Casey by Chuck Palahniuk

“Like most people I didn’t meet Rant Casey until after he was dead. That’s how it works for most celebrities: After they croak, their circle of friends just explodes.…”

Rant is the mind-bending new novel from Chuck Palahniuk, the literary provocateur responsible for such books as the generation-defining classic Fight Club and the pedal-to-the-metal horrorfest Haunted. It takes the form of an oral history of one Buster “Rant” Casey, who may or may not be the most efficient serial killer of our time.
“What ‘Typhoid Mary’ Mallon was to typhoid, what Gaetan Dugas was to AIDS, and Liu Jian-lun was to SARS, Buster Casey would become for rabies.”

A high school rebel who always wins (and a childhood murderer?), Rant Casey escapes from his small hometown of Middleton for the big city. He becomes the leader of an urban demolition derby called Party Crashing. On appointed nights participants recognize one another by such designated car markings as “Just Married” toothpaste graffiti and then stalk and crash into each other. Rant Casey will die a spectacular highway death, after which his friends gather testimony needed to build an oral history of his short, violent life. Their collected anecdotes explore the possibility that his saliva caused a silent urban plague of rabies and that he found a way to escape the prison house of linear time.…
“The future you have, tomorrow, won’t be the same future you had, yesterday.”
—Rant Casey

Expect hilarity, horror, and blazing insight into the desperate and surrealcontemporary human condition as only Chuck Palahniuk can deliver it. He's the postmillennial Jonathan Swift, the visionary to watch to learn what's —uh-oh—coming next.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781428143562
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 05/03/2007

About the Author

CHUCK PALAHNIUK is the bestselling author of seven novels: Fight Club—which was made into a film by director David Fincher—Survivor, Invisible Monsters, Choke, Lullaby, Diary, and Haunted. He is also the author of the nonfiction profile of Portland, Fugitives and Refugees, and the nonfiction collection Stranger Than Fiction. More than 3 million copies of his book have been sold. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

Hometown:

Portland, Oregon

Date of Birth:

February 21, 1962

Place of Birth:

Pasco, Washington

Education:

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

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Rant 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 271 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Other reviewers say that if you like Palahniuk you will love this book. I could not disagree more. This book is just a recycled 'Fight Club'. Let's review. We are shaped by our families, culture and the media. If we do not understand that then we are leading someone else's life. If we do see through that veil we can follow our own true path within our society. Or we can Chuck the whole thing and realise we are just clever animals. We can take the idea that life is 'nasty, brutish and short' to its extreme conclusion. Your garden variety rebel distills life to sex and drugs and rock and roll. Your true rebel distills life to sex and destruction and rant and rage. The trap is that for every authentic anti-hero, like Tyler Durden or Rant Casey, there is a pathetic cast of wannabes ironically trying to live someone else's life. This book would have been OK if 'Fight Club' had not been written first. Chuck Palahniuk rages against the tame homogenized life so many of us live. I think that puts a greater burden on him not to recycle his earlier successes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an exceptional read. All of these very bad reviews must have been because they did not understand the work, or they just want a simple narrative that gives you a generic story. And this book is not even close to being Fight Club. It requires much more thinking, and is much more complex than Fight Club. This is a book that gets better every time you read it as well. I'm beginning to think some people that read this book has no clue what it is about!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Palahniuk's books. I give them to everyone after reading. I wanted to throw this one in the garbage after reading. It is as interesting as all the rest of the books until the last few pages. It's as if Chuck was simply tired of writing the story and finished it at 9am before a 10am deadline.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a big disappointment. I am a huge fan of Chuck and this was totally not what I expected from him. It's very repetitive and all the important information about the main character is in the first few pages. Nothing new about him is discovered throughout the rest of the book. If you're into bad books, be my guest but if you're looking for a good read or am a fan of Chuck's, please spare yourself the disappointment and wasting money.
Anonymous 7 days ago
Well you must have a nook too :/ or youre borrowing a family members so you cant use that unless youre using a friends also youre being incredibly rude just because you have no heart and dont care about others doesnt mean you can make them feel worse. Your just rude and yeah youre life cant ve that much worse think of homeless people people with bad diseases widows orphans youve got it pretty good and ill admit im wrong if youre one of those people i just listed good day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You know, l can kinda relate.... <p> So like, my school life sucks right now. So, l have this impossibly cute sister who everyone l know likes. When she cut her hair short, people were like, 'MX, why didn't you cut your hair short?' BECAUSE I DON'T FLIPPIN' WANT TO, THAT'S WHY! And ole sissy says that lots of people hate her. At least they have an opinion on her, while l'm slowly dying inside because fu.cking DayDay told me no one wants to be my friend, just because l was to shy to do anything about. Fu.ck, Yael thought l was mute! I'm working on my appearance, but, you know, l'll never be as perfect as Rosalina. And yeah, l have a crush, but if l told anyone, l'd instantly have a big, fat WEIRD on my forehead. And now l'm leaving everything l know and love, just to live in Middle of No Where, South Dakoter, which doesn't even have a Walmart. OR EVEN A FU?CKING MCDONALD'S! And my parents are like, 'Oh l'm sorry sweety, but it's gonna be great for you. I'm sure you'll make new friends.' Do you know hpw long it took me to actually get a real friend? Geez, and l've gone through so many! Rosy will already have 15 by the end of the year while l don't even have one! This is just great. So to say in simple terms: l'm struggling with depression, and it's just gonna get worse. Yay.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can say i know how you feel, at least about being ignored in your clan. I am in frostclan and am on about 2-4 times a day. I would recommend keeping it down to one cat-maybe two. If you want to join us we are at cobbet biography. ~Noah~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No offebseIts bot rosedawns fault. She didnt kniw leafsong liked me. And you didnt have to kill leafsong. She was still a good friend if darkstars. And i dont ignore u in dragonclan. I only post there like twice a day so it might seem like that but i dont.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rant is an addictive read, that made me not want to set it down!
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This book reads like a documentary and that just adds to the fun and occasional humor of it all. The story really picks up when Palanhniuk sprinkles in some subtle Sci-fi, which came a bit late in the book, but it was welcomed. I loved the world Chuck built through the perspectives of the characters in Rant Casey's life.
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The greatest read in my lifetime. I have been waoting to get into a book this good for a long time, and years later I'm still lost looking, I love rant with a passion, this is my favorite book of all time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She nodded and hummed happily. "Hey Hask..." she smiled playfully d flirtingly fluttered her eyelashes. "Has anyone ever told you that you look amazngly handsome when you're think hard about something?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
'He chuckled,' Your the first one to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my all-time favorite reads.
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I love Chuck's books but this one is horrible. I have tried to read it three times now and each time ends with me say "Why did I buy this!!?"
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Great Read!
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