____fromfaraway (____fromfaraway) wrote in palahniuk,


I am only about 1/3rd of the way through with Pygmy, but I definitely don’t hate it. More & more I’m actually loving it. Granted it’s a tough read, but that’s exactly what makes it so refreshingly Palahniuk; it is so stomach-churning, so witty and disgusting and “omgnohedidNOT!” The fact that the reader must take the time and decode the language in order to reach the Palahniuk-esquities is actually my favorite part, it’s as if he finally woke up to the fact that he’s become “mainstream” and instead of cranking out those half-hearted, quick-fix, transparent reads to appease the masses (ahem, Snuff) he’s decided to go the opposite route. For the first time in 3 years, I feel like he isn’t writing to be a crowd pleaser, to inspire the next blockbuster or to even be a bestseller (even though Pygmy is still #3, despite the endless complaints).

In short, I consider Pygmy to be both his gift to loyal fans and a slap in the face to the bandwagoners (in fact, it’s probably safe to say that one begets the other). Sure, it’s different, but underneath it all is totally a Palahniuk book in it’s rawest form..And so the real question is: how hard are you willing to work to get to the chewy center?
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