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Victor Mancini, a medical-school dropout, is an antihero for our deranged times. Needing to pay elder care for his mother, Victor has devised an ingenious scam: he pretends to choke on pieces of food while dining in upscale restaurants. He then allows himself to be “saved” by fellow patrons who, feeling responsible for Victor’s life, go on to send checks to support him. When he’s not pulling this stunt, Victor cruises sexual addiction recovery workshops for action, visits his addled mom, and spends his days working at a colonial theme park. His creator, Chuck Palahniuk, is the visionary we need and the satirist we deserve.

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4.3 / 5
One of my favourite books ever
March 22nd, 2015
This book spoke to me in a very profound way, it was edgy yet touching... Despite Palahniuk's fall from grace as of late, this is probably his best book and worthy of much respect. It's about family, friendship, and struggling to find your place.
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I liked it and I didn't
November 11th, 2014
I didn't like the main character. There were some interesting, gross parts in there (re: kinks that land people in the ER and the medical protocols created to deal with them). But it's been over a year since I read it and parts still linger with me. I still think about it somewhat regularly. And I have to like that.
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