Pygmy

Pygmy

Downloadable Audiobook - 2009
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Number one best selling author Chuck Palahniuk presents Pygmy, a comedic and satirical take on American xenophobia. As part of a massive terrorist plot, a handful of young adults head to the Midwestern United States disguised as foreign exchange students. Palahniuk focuses on one of the young terrorists, Pygmy, who chronicles his time in the American Midwest as he and others plan a horrific, spiteful act.
Published: [Ashland, Or.] : Blackstone Audio, 2009.
ISBN: 9781433277283
143327728X
Branch Call Number: OVERDRIVE DOWNLOADABLE AUDIO
Additional Contributors: Garcia, Paul Michael

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pashas
Feb 10, 2016

I disliked this book on so many levels. It is written in a jarring, broken-English style that would be unpleasant to read, and is even more painful to hear. If you were reading it, you could skip over the "City - redacted, street - redacted, school - redacted" nonsense at the beginning of each chapter, but on an audio book you just have to listen thru it. The PoV character cannot use articles or prepositions except when he is quoting Hitler and Castro. He is a 13 year old exchange student / foster child who graphically assaults, anally rapes, and disfigures another student in a Walmart Men's room on the day he arrives in the USA. He can't meet anyone without describing how he would attack and kill them. I couldn't finish it. Definitely, Not Worth The Time.

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Hyrne
Jun 06, 2013

Not for everyone, this does go into graphic descriptions of the behind-the-scenes life of teens, tossed in with the blend of a totalitarian indoctrinated teen sleeper spy hiding as a foreign exchange student.

Over the course of the book the spy learns to shed his indoctrinated past and accept some of the good of his host country, but it's quite a road to get there.

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danielestes
Aug 26, 2012

An interesting experimental novel told from the point of view of an unnamed Asian exchange student (nicknamed Pygmy), visiting from an unnamed totalitarian country and living with a host family in an unnamed Midwestern American state. Pygmy's signature style, and the single most important point every review of this book will mention, is the use of broken English to experience the narrator's fish-out-of-water view of America. The entire book is written this way. I thought it very daring at first, but then I grew tired of deciphering what was going on and gave up.

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