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Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk

First of all, I am so happy to have discovered Palahniuk! Thanks to my wonderful boyfriend for that :o) This was the first time in a long time that I picked up a book and literally did not want to put it down, and for that, this novel gets 4.5 out of 5 stars on my stupid rating scale.

The main thing that I enjoyed about this book was that it kept me guessing. Even when I finally thought I had figured everything out, Palahniuk through in a twist that made me second-guess myself...can't beat that! Also, it kept me thinking, even about things he only mentioned in passing, and again, it has been a long time since I've picked up a book that could do that for me. Finally, I truly enjoyed Palahniuk's writing style--he writes like people think, a bit disjointed but easy to understand.

All in all, this was a quick read. If you're squeamish I probably wouldn't be so inclined to highly suggest it, hence the 4.5 stars (instead of 5), but otherwise, this is one of the best books I've read in a very, very long time!

Quotes that caught my eye:

"We're all of us haunted and haunting."

"The problem with every story is you tell it after the fact...Another problem is the teller. The who, what, where, when, and why of hte reporter. The media bias. How the messenger shapes the facts. What journalists call The Gatekeeper. How the presentation is everything...The story behind the story."

"Instead of ethics, I learned only to tell people what they want to hear. I learned to write everything down."

"The trick to forgetting the big picture is to look at everything close-up."

"In this maze of antiques, she says, are the ghosts of everyone who has ever owned this furniture. Everyone rich and successful enough to prove it. All of their talent and intelligence and beauty, outlived by decorative junk. All the success and accomplishment this furniture was supposed to represent, it's all vanished."

"And still echoing in my head was Nash. Nash was there, drooling over the idea of any woman, anywhere, cooperative and beautiful for at least a few hours before things cool down and fall apart.
'Tell me,' he said, 'how would that be different than most love relationships?'"

"...maybe you don't go to hell fo rthe things you do. Maybe you go to hell for the things you don't do. The things you don't finish."

"Helen says, 'I hate people who claim they can see ghosts.' She says, 'There are no ghosts. When you die, you're dead. There's no afterlife. People who claim they can see ghosts are just looking for attention. People who believe in reincarnation are just postponing their lives."

"According to Oyster, the 'dads' have all the power so they don't want anything to change...Oyster says all the 'moms' have a little power, but they're hungry for more...And young people, he says, have little or no power so they're desperate for any."

"There's so much we need to get fixed. To get back to God, as Mona would say. Just to break even."

"Constructive deconstruction."

"'You can forget me,' Oyster yells...'But that doesn't mean I don't still exist.'"

"This is the life I got. This is the daughter I knew I'd lose someday. Over a boyfriend. Over bad grades. Drugs. Somehow this break always happens. This power struggle. No matter how great a father you think you'll make, at some time you'll find yourself here."

"And sitting here, I've run out of parts. All the walls and roofs and handrails. And what's glued to the floor in front of me is a bloody mess. It's nothing perfect or complete, but this is what I've made of my life. Right or wrong, it follows no great master plan.
All you can do is hope for a pattern to emerge, and sometimes it never does.
Still, with a plan, you only get the best you can imagine. I'd always hoped for something better than that."

"'So if reality is all a spell, and you don't really want what you think you want...If you have no free will. You don't really KNOW what you KNOW. You don't really LOVE who you ONLY THINK you love. What do you have left to live for?'"

"What I have left, maybe the only way to find freedom, is by doing the things I don't want to...
I need to rebel against myself.
It's the opposite of following your bliss. I need to do what I most fear."

"She wants to destroy all the jewels that people think will save them. All the residue that outlasts the talent and intelligence and beauty. All the decorative junk left behind by real accomplishment and success. She wants to destroy all the lovely parasites that outlive their human hosts."


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