Pygmy

By Chuck Palahniuk
Read by Paul Michael Garcia

7.78 Hours 05/05/2009 unabridged
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“Begins here first account of operative me, agent number 67 on arrival Midwestern airport ____ . Flight ____. Date ____. Priority mission top success to complete. Code name: Operation Havoc.” Thus speaks Pygmy, one of a handful of young adults from a totalitarian state sent to the US, disguised as exchange students to live with typical American families and blend in, all the while planning an unspecified attack of massive terrorism. Palahniuk depicts Midwestern life through the eyes of this thoroughly indoctrinated little killer, who hates us with a passion, in this cunning double-edged satire of an American xenophobia that might, in fact, be completely justified. The Manchurian Candidate meets South Park in Chuck Palahniuk’s finest novel since the generation-defining Fight Club.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Bestseller

A Booklist Editors’ Choice in 2009 for • Fiction

“Begins here first account of operative me, agent number 67 on arrival Midwestern airport ____ . Flight ____. Date ____. Priority mission top success to complete. Code name: Operation Havoc.”

Thus speaks Pygmy, one of a handful of young adults from a totalitarian state sent to the US, disguised as exchange students to live with typical American families and blend in, all the while planning an unspecified attack of massive terrorism. Palahniuk depicts Midwestern life through the eyes of this thoroughly indoctrinated little killer, who hates us with a passion, in this cunning double-edged satire of an American xenophobia that might, in fact, be completely justified.

The Manchurian Candidate meets South Park in Chuck Palahniuk’s finest novel since the generation-defining Fight Club.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Chuck Palahniuk’s Pygmy veers from sublimely ridiculous to just plain ridiculous…Palahniuk is brilliant at juxtaposing Pygmy’s insane background with the madness of contemporary Western society…Pleasures along the way include a model UN summit staged by the students that features some of the author’s finest satire.” Washington Post
“Palahniuk’s novels have always been driven by black humor…His minimalist, verb-heavy style propels the narratives through the many bizarre, occasionally shocking events…A full portrait of an unforgettable character. Pygmy is yet another unique direction for an author who continues to challenge and intrigue readers.” Boston Globe 
“A cunning mix of advertising copy, leftist sloganeering, and teen slang…Pygmy is a dish for those who like their satire well done. And without apology.” San Francisco Chronicle  
“Palahniuk’s twisted imagination is still in full bloom.”  Seattle 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…knows all about escalating action to a thrilling finale. More impressively, he starts to make us feel for Pygmy, and introduces a more human side to this previously impenetrable character…Pretty funny.” Independent (London)
“A rip-roaringly exciting piece of writing, a truly graphic novel…It has moments of poetry within.” Telegraph (London) 
“A poignant commentary on culture clash with a sinister and violent twist. It’s what one might expect if movie-violence king Quentin Tarantino had written Borat.” London Free Press
“Chuck Palahniuk is William S. Burroughs and David Foster Wallace rolled into one.”  San Diego Union-Tribune
“[A] hilarious cover-to-cover read.” Baltimore City Paper
“Violent, outrageous, and darkly hilarious.” National Post 
“Give Pygmy to your kid. He’ll think you’re rad.” Esquire
“Inventive, hilarious, moving, and deeply disturbing.” Playboy
“A potent if cartoonish cultural satire that succeeds despite its stridently confounding prose…Decoding Palahniuk’s characteristically scathing observations is a challenge, as Pygmy’s narrative voice is unbound by rules of grammar or structure, but perseverance is its own perverse reward in this singular, comic accomplishment.” Publishers Weekly
“Paul Michael Garcia earned his paycheck for his performance of Pygmy…Garcia’s challenge is to read the ungrammatical sentences carefully so listeners can interpret their meaning…Overall, it’s worth the effort.” AudioFile
“In a time of justifiable concern about terrorism, Palahniuk has written a hilarious novel about an unlikely terrorist cell…[Fans] will welcome his return to the fine form of Fight Club. Palahniuk leaps over the line of good taste—and lands squarely on his feet.” Booklist (starred review)
“In this wildly experimental text, Palahniuk creates such a compelling character in Pygmy that we accept the boy’s biases and epithets as completely appropriate…Stylistically exhilarating.” Kirkus Reviews
“Garcia deftly portrays the boy’s garbled English in a suitably fierce, seriously on-task voice. He easily switches to adolescent intonations when portraying the host family’s daughter. The townspeople and other students speak in convincingly flat Midwest tones, sprinkled with idiomatic Americanese…Garcia’s credible presentation of the text...will find fans among Palahniuk loyalists.” Booklist (audio review)

Reviews

Reviews

by ShortNFuzzy 9/13/2017
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give it a minute...or five.

When I first began listening to this, I had a hard time because the cadence of the narrator is that of a foreign person's ledger/journal. BUT once the plot is revealed and you can grip it, that is when Palahniuk gift of storytelling grips you. It's a weird tale, but I highly recommend it.

Author

Author Bio: Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk’s bestselling novels include Tell-All, Damned, Pygmy, Snuff, Rant, Haunted, Lullaby, Fight Club, Diary, Survivor, Invisible Monsters, and Choke. He is also the author of a nonfiction profile, Fugitives and Refugees: A Walk in Portland, Oregon, published as part of the Crown Journeys series, and the nonfiction collection Stranger Than Fiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 7.78
Audience: Adult
Language: English