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Tender Branson last surviving member of the Creedish Death Cult is dictating his life story into the recorder of Flight 2039, cruising on autopilot at 39,000 feet somewhere over the Pacific Ocean He is all alone in the airplane, which will crash shortly into the vast Australian outback But before it does, Branson will unfold the tale of his journey from an obedient Creedish child and humble domestic servant to an ultra buffed, steroid and collagen packed media messiah.

5 thoughts on “Survivor

  1. K. Rennie K. Rennie says:

    SURVIVOR Survivor is Chuck s second book published 1999 It s not as crude as Choke and not as subversive as Fight Club It has the same dark humor that I openly laughed out loud at thankfully when you are reading, no one knows exactly what you find so amusing Recently it was announced that Survivor is being adapted by Jim Uhls screenwriter of Fight Club into a television show I believe the plot and back story are enough to keep this show afloat for several seasons I will try to keep my expectations low, to avoid being disappointed.The novel is about Tender Branson, a member of the Creedish Church Only firstborn sons and their wives get to stay in the Creedish community the rest are sent out to work in the outside world as servants, to send their earnings back to the church Tender spends his time scrubbing the home of employers who seek his advice on etiquette but only ever interact with him via speaker phone What are they serving for dinner Lobster How are we supposed to handle that Following a mass suicide of the Creedish Church community and remaining members in the outside world, Tender becomes the sole survivor A smarmy agent develops Tender into a sacrosanct mega superstar mahatma I told the agent I already knew my childhood Over the phone he said, This version s better Survivor is a satirical jab at instant celebrity and religion, blended together with helpful cleaning tips, a history of artificial flowers and the hint of love story.If that isn t enough plot to entice you to read the book, I am sorry Someone at Wiki practically re wrote the book on their site, so I m doing my best not to reveal too much Each time I read the book I have found new things to love All of the people I have recommended this book to, loved it and went on to read novels by Chuck.Favorite Quote You ve never seen a crucifix with a Jesus who wasn t almost naked You ve never seen a fat Jesus, or a Jesus with body hair Every crucifix you ve ever seen, the Jesus could be shirtless and modeling designer jeans or men s cologne Or Amphetamines are the most American drug You get so much done You look terrific, and your middle name is Accomplishment.

  2. Matt Nagin Matt Nagin says:

    Terrific novel You can see the influence of Raymond Carver, Hemmingway really any minimalist writer as well as Brett Easton Ellis, Thomas Pynchon and other satirists of pop culture, celebrity, mass media, and moral decline I ve read a few of Palahnuik s works and this was my favorite Some of the line by line writing didn t exactly blow me away but where this novel shines is in terms of innovation and plot mechanics The idea of a novel being the recording of a black box on a plane on a suicide mission, the way the chapters and pages move in descending order towards the literal and existential end, and the wild and yet plausible enough series of encounters that befall the last remaining member of The Creedish Death Cult is almost certain to engross the reader What makes this book so great, above all, is it s a story you can t predict a mad rollercoaster with a pulse a satire with heart in short a work of art Not sure if anyone is making this into a movie but it really is a very compelling story that has a great deal to say about the current socio political moment.

  3. Jgeorge7 Jgeorge7 says:

    This is a really great book, and interestingly weird in a I can t put this down even though I have work in 3 hours way I love this author, he has super random and interesting ideas, and his stories are filled with great, issue riddled characters This particular book, Surviver, stars the last remaining member of a Creedish cult His name is Tender, and he begins the book by informing the reader that he has just hijacked a plane and will be reciting his life story into the black box, to ensure that it survives an impending crash into the Australian Outback It then takes you back in time to the beginning Through a newspaper typo, he has acquired a suicide hotline, through which he indirectly meets a prophetic dreamer They start a strange adventure together after someone begins offing the last remaining cult survivers Tender suspects it to be his estranged twin brother Definitely a fun read definitely give him a try.

  4. Lionel S. Taylor Lionel S. Taylor says:

    This is the 4th or 5th Chuck Palahniuk story that I have read and I have to say that this is one of the better ones This book has the usual group of weird cast of characters In this case a surviving member of a religious death cult and a lady with the curious power to predict the future after a fashion The story is told from the 1st person perspective of the cult member,Tender Branson,and is told from the end of the story so that is an interesting twist Like so many of Palahniuk s story this one is hard to describe without giving too much away but like so many of his stories it speeds to a fast paced unexpected ending that both revels key facts while at the same time leave the reader scratching their head If you are a fan of this author you will not be disappointed with this book.

  5. Remyboy1 Remyboy1 says:

    This was my first Palahniuk novel, and it was a weird one I liked it as a critique on a lot of different things, but I left not really liking the character that much He was just a sheep I know that was kind of the point but otherwise an interesting story.