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Pygmy | Hardback

Released on 04 June 2009

Author: Chuck Palahniuk | Format: Hardback

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'Begins here first account of operative me, agent number 67 on arrival mid-western American airport greater _______ area. Flight ____. Date ______. Priority mission top success to complete. Code name. Operation Havoc. Fellow operatives already pass immigrant control, through secure doors and to embrace own other host family people. Operative Tibor, agent 23; operative Magda, agent 36; operative Ling, agent 19. All violate United States secure port of entry having success. Each now embedded among middle-income corrupt American family, all other homes, other schools, and neighbours of same city. By not after next today, strategy of web of operatives to be established'. Agent Number 67, nicknamed Pygmy for his diminutive size, arrives in the United States from his totalitarian homeland (a mash-up of North Korea, Cuba, Communist-era China, and Nazi-era Germany), as an 'exchange student' into the welcoming arms of his Simpsons-spinoff Midwestern host family.Host cow father (he works in the biological weapons complex outside of town), chicken neck mother, pig dog brother, and the disconcertingly self-possessed cat sister introduce Pygmy into the rituals of postmodern American life, which he views with utter contempt. Along with his fellow operatives, all indoctrinated into the mindset of the totalitarian state, he is planning something big, something truly, truly awful, that will bring this big dumb country and its fat, dumb inhabitants to their knees. "Pygmy" is a comedy. It is also Chuck Palahniuk's finest, most ambitious novel since "Fight Club".

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 Another darkly comic hit from the master

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If you've ever read any other Chuck P book (or seen the relatively faithful adaptation of his novel 'fight club') you'll know all about his dark sense of humour and sly escapist narratives. Pygmy is no different to his usual output and delivers his trade mark black humour with lots of reflection on american (or western) society.

The book is written as a set of field reports from the central charachter who is a spy from an unamed totalitarian state, sent to the USA as an exchange student with plans to carry out 'operation havoc'. It follows his experience of contact with his host american family, american high school colleagues and life in the midwest in general.

I'm sure any fan of Chuck's other output will love this book as it is surely another example of him at the peak of his form. If you haven't read any of his other novel's, I would suggest Choke, fight club, survivor or haunted as better places to start.

The only issues that may put some people off the book is that it does include an episode of sexual violence and it is written in pigeon English. The pigeon English represents how the central charachter speaks and though annoying at first, it does quickly become very amusing.

If you like your humour dark, you'll be hard pushed to beat this.

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AuthorChuck Palahniuk
PublisherVintage (United Kingdom)
Year2009
ISBN9780224087131
FormatHardback - 256 Pages