Survivor

Survivor

by Chuck Palahniuk
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Overview

Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk

“A wild amphetamine ride through the vagaries of fame and the nature of belief.”—San Francisco Chronicle

Tender Branson—last surviving member of the Creedish Death Cult—is dictating his life story into Flight 2039’s recorder. He is all alone in the airplane, which will crash shortly into the vast Australian outback. But before it does, he will unfold the tale of his journey from an obedient Creedish child to an ultra-buffed, steroid- and collagen-packed media messiah. Unpredictable and unforgettable, Survivor is Chuck Palahniuk at his deadpan peak: a mesmerizing, unnerving, and hilarious satire on the wages of fame and the bedrock lunacy of the modern world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393341430
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/21/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 289
Sales rank: 165,435
File size: 327 KB

About the Author

Chuck Palahniuk is the author of the best-selling novels Fight Club, Survivor, Lullaby, Diary, Rant, Damned, and many other works of fiction. 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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Survivor 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 311 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is early Chuck at his best, and is by far the best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the beginning I found this book really interesting and captivating. However, after a few chapters I was really bored and had no clue where it was all going. i thoght about just putting it down, but i didnt. And im so GLAD i didnt. About close to half way the story starts to speed up and everything starts to tie together. I love the character development; it was interesting to see that only at the last few hours of his death that he became independant. Overall i love this book! Thought i wouldnt but i did. And to those who are thinking about putting it down keep reading. It gets better like by a lot
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a good read. It was not gory or totally appalling. There were disturbing parts, but it was dark for different reasons. The story for "Survivor" moved at a slower pace. If you want a light speed thriller that glues you to your seat, then this novel is not for you. It is a slower recounting of an unusual man's life. And, a commentary on all of our lives. The beginning of the book is the end of Tender Branson's life. He has hijacked a plane, released all of the passengers and staff, and the engines are failing one at a time. He tells his life story (from the past through the present) to the airplane's "black box". His life starts out as one of many children in a cult, then as cult survivor, later a guru, and lastly it all falls apart. Throughout there are cleaning tips and tricks. It seems an odd subject to spend so much page space on. Rather than take these tips at face value, I think that it demonstrates the depths to which he has been programmed to serve others mindlessly. Free thinking and free will are not options for Tender. Once he is free of one master, he transfers to another, and another, etc. "Survivor" asks the question: how does a person who has been a slave mentally and physically deal with the opportunity for possible freedom? Do you take a chance at, maybe, being free? Or, do you continue on the path that you have always known? With some introspection included, I found this book to be very interesting commentary on life. Everyone has external and internal limits. How do we know that we are free? Give this book a try. It ended up being a lot better than I thought it would be. I have never read this author before. I will be checking out more titles by this author. -AvidReader
AmberTonin More than 1 year ago
I've read it several times. Knowing how it is going to end makes no difference, especially since the first page is the last page. If you liked the movie Memento, you'll love this book.
KATHERINE LLINAS More than 1 year ago
This novel is close to the top with my list of favorites for Chuck Palahniuk. If you are a fan of his work, you will definitely see a great deal of the biting, clever, self-depricating brilliance in this piece of work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I stumbled upon this author by accident and found out he had written the book upon which the movie, Fight Club, was based. I was immediately intrigued and couldn't decide which of his many novels to read first. Survivor was the first book I chose, and it was a non-stop thrill throughout! Chuck Palahniuk is a depraved genius. You need a warped sense of humor to appreciate his writing; no delicate readers here, please!
salire More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, though I found the main character a little flatter than I usually like, even from Palahniuk. The ending was pleasantly infuriating, haha.
MQ2 More than 1 year ago
This is the fourth book by Chuck that I have read (followng Fight Club, Choke, and Rant), and I think this is my favorite one so far. I read this book faster than any other book I've had besause I found the metamorphosis of everything from beginning to end incredibly grasping. I wish that a few things were a little more fleshed out, but overall I really like the whole world that was created. I also liked how the whole story was being told as an audio recording by the maiin character. It kept my brain cuurious as to how he's going to end up where he is. It added a certain sense of ugency, like if I don't read quickly it's going to be too late.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chuck Palahniuk shows us his in depth story telling in Surivor by having the main character tell his life story to the black box of a plane that is about to crash. The main character hijacks a plane and lets everyone off and then begins flying again. He lets the pilot tag along for a little bit before he wants him to leave too. He jumps out with a parachute after explaining exactly what's going to happen with the plane during the flight, and then the crash. The rest of the novel is the hijacker telling his life story to the black box so that everyone can have something to remember the catastrophy by. The novel observes our media world in a very dark satirist way. He compares the world to having no soul anymore and shows how everyone is too caught up in their materials to enjoy their lives. The novel is an incredible read and I think it'd be a great read for anybody who enjoys a dark and entertaining read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chuck has a unique way of storytelling that is filled with odd tidbits that add flavor overall. I love all CP'S books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth a read or twenty
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great from start to finish. Definitely one of chucks best.
Ashley Keith More than 1 year ago
This book is great. He really knows how to captivate a reader and leave you wanting more. I was so into this book that i read it in one sitting.
shannon18SC More than 1 year ago
This was a great story. Really enjoyed it! Love the author!
EReynolds More than 1 year ago
I am a huge Chuck P. fan. But this book was a bit difficult for me. I just couldn't get into it. It's about the "last survivor" of a cult, and the book is this last survivor telling his life story to an airplane blackbox. Going from, cult memeber to houseman, to overnight sensation and his fall from grace. Sounds like a good idea, but I just couldn't really get into it. In fact, I had to push myself to read it all the up to the last 2 chapters and then I just had to put it down. I couldn't make myself finish it. The writing was excellent, as Chuck P's always is. And the plot was good in theory, but in the end...I was kinda bored. Gasp, I know. But still, give it a try. You might like it.
Victoria-book-reader More than 1 year ago
I really love this novel. At first the main character seems pathetic, but you grow to like him and even feel sympathy for him as he's exploited. I can't think of another Palahniuk book where I sympathized more with the character. The ending pages stumble a little, but it's still a great book and one I highly recommend.
LizEA More than 1 year ago
I have read several books by Chuck, this is one of my favorite. It is cleverly written, and it highlights the drudgery of day to day life cleaning up after the rich and moronic which showing that being social inept is not so bad. He shows how a person goes from no one to famous and makes it tangible.
wrstlr3232 More than 1 year ago
By far my favorite book by Chuck. The first half is great, but I thought it slowed down for a little bit. The last third is gets really good again. It does a great job of making fun of how society portrays famous people and the lengths famous people go to to stay famous.
bb328 More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was pretty good. It's really short and leaves a big cliffhanger at the end of every chapter. So far Chuck Palahniuk isn't as amazing as everyone says but then again i've only read this book and saw fight club (which I loved), I think i'll give him another shot. I'm thinking of buying Lullaby or Rant.
Sally70 More than 1 year ago
The first experience I had wityh a story that Chuck had written, like many people, was Fight Club. I saw the movie, then read the book. Then I read Rant. Now Survivor. I've got to say, I like Chuck! This book is an interesting look at religion, culture (key word being Cult this time), relationships and just the desperaste commecialization of the world. Or at least our country. He never gets into the rest of the world too much. The main characters are interesting and flawed and, like other books by Chuck, this one manages to make you feel horny and uneasy at the same time. It's a great Story! Chuck is one of my favorite writers now, right up there with David Gregory. (Read Christmas at Sibyl's, too!)
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Great book from start to finish
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