Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk

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A gang of adolescent terrorists, a spelling bee, and a terrible plan masquerading as a science project: This is Operation Havoc.
Pygmy is one of a handful of young adults from a totalitarian state sent to the US disguised as exchange students. Living with American families to blend in, they are planning an unspecified act of massive terrorism that will bring this big dumb country and its fat dumb inhabitants to their knees. Palahniuk depicts Midwestern life through the eyes of this indoctrinated little killer in a cunning double-edged satire of American xenophobia.

About Chuck Palahniuk

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Chuck Palahniuk is the author of the best-selling novels Fight Club, Survivor, Lullaby, Diary, Rant, Damned, and many other works of fiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.
Published April 25, 2009 by Anchor. 257 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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“Specimen female, permit perform mating dance prior generate human embryo?” Pygmy loves to quote leaders he admires, such as Adolf Hitler: “It is not truth that matters, but victory.” And while his machinations eventually destroy his American family, not even the disclosure that Pygmy is a terror...

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Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop His new novel, Pygmy, concerns a conspiracy against American capitalism, a c...

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Book Reporter

He only speaks in the present tense with a curious grammar, but he’s well versed --- like all supergenius terrorist children --- in the art of killing people and the science of how.

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Pygmy, by Chuck Palahniuk, Doubleday Canada, 241, $29.95 In U.S. author Chuck Palahniuk's newest novel, Pygmy, the foreign speaker is the novel's eponymous narrator and protagonist, a teenaged spy from an unnamed country who has infiltrated the United States, along with a number of his other o...

May 21 2009 | Read Full Review of Pygmy

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His training has prepared him for physical combat and seed implantation, but he’s not prepared for how his actions affect those around him, like the bully he rapes in a mega-store bathroom.

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The Telegraph

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The Bookbag

One rather popular online retailer is flooded with reviews already saying this didn't work for them - they gave up within half an hour, it seems - but it worked fine for me.

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

Pygmy, victimized and brainwashed by a brutal socialist regime, represents an opportunity for his host family, the Cedars, to further spread the gospel of Americana: “We’ll make an American out of you.” On the other hand, Pygmy sees his host family – the overweight father, sexually repressed moth...

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Bookmarks Magazine

After his recent novels Snuff ( 2.5 of 5 Stars Sept/Oct 2008), Rant ( 3 of 5 Stars July/Aug 2007), and Haunted ( 2 of 5 Stars July/Aug 2005), Chuck Palahniuk brings another unorthodox protagonist to life with Pygmy, a pint-sized terrorist bent on destroying the United States.

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Creative Loafing Tampa

In a novelist’s resume that includes Fight Club and Choke — both made into movies — Chuck Palahniuk has regularly delivered some shocking (he calls it trangressional) fiction.

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By the end, though, Pygmy practically embraces the parasitical mass American culture that it spends its entire length disemboweling--leaving it a pretty hilarious cover-to-cover read, but feeling as experimental and culturally volatile as Beck.

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Buffalo Beast

Visit memorial acclaimed war hero Colonel Sanders.” translates to something like, “I could just knock everyone here out, rape them, and go eat lunch at KFC.” Yeah, he thinks Colonel Sanders is “similar Lenin” because of all the “many vast mural.” Anyway, the narrator is Pygmy, an undercover o...

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