I know Fight Club is his most famous novel, but I think Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey is the one I like the most. Not going to lie, this book is WEIRD. By the time you start to think you understand the plot, the game changes and there’s a whole new plot that’s even more confusing and far-fetched than the last one. Repeat at least twice. The oral history format worked very well, and the characters’ monologues do a beautiful job of capturing the bizarre small town and dysfunctional family which gave rise to the elusive protagonist as well as artfully beat around the bush as to what exactly happened to him. Recommended if you’re feeling open-minded and willing to suspend disbelief (a lot), if you enjoy reading oral histories but wish real life oral history had more time traveling and rabies, and if you like thinking about the zombie apocalypse but are burned out on actual zombies.
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Review Submitted by: Molly McGowan