Choke (Paperback)

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Choke compiles multiple story-lines into one strange web of Palahniuk literary perfection. Victor works as a historical reenactor by day and subtle con artist by night. Victor plays on the ego's of others and allows himself to choke at multiple restaurants a night knowing that at least one person will be able to save him and develop a bond that would quite literally pay off in the long run. in his free time he picks up girls at sex addiction meetings and tries to pry the secrets of his father out of his former anarchist, now mentally unsound, mother, who is convinced he is her lawyer and not her son. This is a book that will have you confused until you realize how awesome it really is.

— From Chelsea


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.

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

Praise For…

“Sheer, anarchic fierceness of imagination . . . [A] raw and vital book.” --The New York Times

“Few contemporary writers mix the outrageous and the hilarious with greater zest. . . . Chuck Palahniuk’s splenetic, anarchic glee makes him a worthy heir to Ken Kesey.” —Newsday

"Palahniuk displays a Swiftian gift for satire, as well as a knack for crafting mesmerizing sentences." --San Francisco Examiner

“Puts a bleakly humorous spin on self-help, addiction recovery, and childhood trauma . . . [F]unny mantra-like prose plows toward the mayhem it portends from the get-go.” --The Village Voice
Product Details
ISBN: 9780385720922
ISBN-10: 0385720920
Publisher: Anchor
Publication Date: June 11th, 2002
Pages: 304
Language: English

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