Rant by Chuck Palahniuk
An Oral Biography of Buster Casey

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Buster “Rant” Casey just may be the most efficient serial killer of our time. A high school rebel, Rant Casey escapes from his small town home for the big city where he becomes the leader of an urban demolition derby called Party Crashing. Rant Casey will die a spectacular highway death, after which his friends gather the testimony needed to build an oral history of his short, violent life. With hilarity, horror, and blazing insight, Rant is a mind-bending vision of the future, as only Chuck Palahniuk could ever imagine.

 

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 May 6, 2008 by Anchor. 338 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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One crash kills Rant, who is dead (or is he?) as the novel begins and is eulogized by a Greek chorus of friends, neighbors, relatives and enemies, along with an eyewitness reporter for DRVR Radio Graphic Traffic and an historian whose involvement in the proceedings sustains a mystery through much...

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Not long into “Rant” — 21 pages to be exact, after the car wrecks featuring impaled lungs and “severe internal exsanguination,” after the torn-apart carcasses of mule deer and rabbits, after the black widow bites on human nether parts and the blood-drinking family dogs — the author describes the ...

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The New York Times

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Dwelling on the particulars of this game ad nauseam, Mr. Palahniuk explains how participants dress up and outfit their cars in ritualistic, holiday-related gear: there are wedding parties, Christmas-tree collisions, events with fake babies or fake deer affixed to car roofs.

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The Guardian

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Rant by Chuck Palahniuk 319pp, Jonathan Cape, £12.99 Two pages before it begins, Chuck Palahniuk's eighth novel is already asking you if you wish you'd never been born.

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BC Books

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The book is the story — the mythology — of one Rant (aka Buster, aka Buddy) Casey, either a villain or an iconoclast for reasons that are revealed layer by layer as the book unfolds.

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BC Books

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There are similarities — descriptions of bodily effluvia, sociopathic behaviour explained as raging against the machine, repulsive characters, casual sex, boys and their mothers and compulsively readable writing are nothing new for Palahniuk.

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BC Books

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His newest book is Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey, a fictional account of the life and times of Buster "Rant" Casey.

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AV Club

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Reading Chuck Palahniuk's Rant: An Oral Biography Of Buster Casey is a bit like trying to listen to someone with hiccups tell five stories at once.

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The Bookbag

If you add to that the fact that the summary of the main points of the plot is presented on the first few pages and the rest is mostly linear recount of Rant's short life with accompanying background info, interspersed with clichéd statements of the rather obvious 'deeper truths' one is left with...

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USA Today

It's not just that the oral history approach is tired it's that Palahniuk chooses to tell Rant's story in a way that plays against his strengths.By leapfrogging from character to character, perspective to perspective, Palahniuk never builds the raucous, can't-look-away momentum of Fight Club, Ch...

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PopMatters

It’s the world around him that’s spooky, we discover, as the novel tumbles down a rabbit hole of time travel and futuristic (though not hard to imagine) governments that get their kicks by watching people suffer.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Worth Star Telegram 4 of 5 Stars "Rant flirts with government-mandated genocide, Greek tragedy, aberrant sexuality, substance abuse and audacious fusions of religion and violence, stitching together disparate elements to craft a surreal, poignant and darkly humorous quilt of madness.

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Austin Chronicle

What do you do if you've invented a character who embodies the violent rejection of modern society, an incandescent rebel whose very existence is an assault on the pussification of the American male, and that character becomes more popular – in large part due to his portrayal by Brad Pitt on the ...

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