Choke Hits the Big Screen but You Can Still Read it First
With the movie version staring Sam Rockwell and Angelica Huston slated to be released sometime in 2008, now would be a very good time to take a look at author Chuck Palahniuk’s bestseller, Choke. Palahnuik, best known for his underground masterpiece Fight Club, has delivered another winning punch with Choke.
This fast-paced, dark novel takes us through a period in the life of Victor Mancini, a colonial theme-park worker who goes to Sex Addicts Anonymous seeking risqué encounters.
It begins with Mancini’s very creative scam to help pay his aging mother’s nursing home bills. Mancini goes into restaurants and intentionally chokes to gain the sympathy and, hopefully, financial support of well-meaning “good Samaritans.” As always, Palahnuik pulls off the far-fetched making it seem as normal as brushing your teeth in the morning. And it gets stranger we follow Palahniuk’s trail of crumbs through plot twist after bizarre plot twist. As with all of Palahniuk’s books, it would be unseemly to end anywhere near where it began, or even close to the realm of reality for that matter.
This delightfully deranged book is available from Anchor Books and can be found in the fiction section of your local Barnes and Noble.