Saturday, February 16, 2008

Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk

Reporter Carl Streator is investigating a series of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) for an article, when he discovers a common factor. It's called a culling African "lullaby" used to send the listener into a swift, painless death. Culling songs are often used on suffering elderly, starving children, or during plagues. One particular culling song has found it's way into a poem anthology in America, causing an outbreak of death and despair. Streator takes it upon himself to journey across America in effort to destroy every copy of said anthology, a most daunting, and seemingly impossible task.

Palahniuk draws in the reader into his twisted world once again. The beginning is slightly confusing as it passes from person to person, but once the storyline stabilizes, it is pretty easy to follow. Before long you are swept into the journey, craving more. So far, I definitely think that this is Palahniuk's best piece. Much better than the highly acclaimed Survivor. I was able to polish off this book in just a few sittings. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking to get lost in a quick journey into the twisted world of Chuck Palahnuik.

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