Adjustment Day

Adjustment Day

eBook - 2018
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People pass the word only to those they trust most: Adjustment Day is coming. They've been reading a mysterious book and memorizing its directives. They are ready for the reckoning.Adjustment Day, the author's first novel in four years, is an ingeniously comic work in which Chuck Palahniuk does what he does best: skewer the absurdities in our society. Smug, geriatric politicians bring the nation to the brink of a third world war in an effort to control the burgeoning population of young males; working-class men dream of burying the elites; and professors propound theories that offer students only the bleakest future.Into this dyspeptic time a blue-black book is launched carrying such wisdom as:Imagine there's no God. There is no Heaven or Hell. There is only your son and his son and his son and the world you leave for them.The weak want you to forgo your destiny just as they've shirked theirs.A smile is your best bulletproof vest.When Adjustment Day arrives, it fearlessly makes real the logical conclusion of every separatist fantasy, alternative fact, and conspiracy theory lurking in the American psyche.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2018.
ISBN: 9780393652604
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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This book was crazily overlooked this year! I can't believe it took this long for word to get around to me. I don't follow Palahniuk closely but I had basically heard this was an essential read for everyone (i.e Non-Palahniuk fans). If you haven't read him since Fight Club (or Choke or even at all) but loved those books than this is the book for you. It is a return to form and in some ways even outshines his earlier classics. Adjustment Day is what happens when the transformation of the individual as depicted in Fight Club reaches the collective, societal level. It is the Fight Club philosophy applied en masse - widespread, revolutionary, and global. Therefore it also happens to be really the only literary depiction of contemporary America that is accurate as far as I'm aware. Most all of the recent attempts at 'Great American Novels' end up flailing around in ham-fisted condemnation and fail because they are unable to realistically depict worldviews that aren't their own. This book doesn't have that problem. Anyway, an essential '2018' read!

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dupree905
Jul 16, 2018

Welcome back Chuck, it's been a long 4 years. No more breaks please.

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IanS_Librarian
Feb 26, 2018

I've been a big Chuck P fan for quite some time now. I even caught him live at the Triple Rock for the "Snuff" tour. His last few books haven't grabbed me like "Rant," "Lullaby" or "Survivor" did.

"Adjustment Day" is different. An interesting take on dystopia, fueled by the concept that there is a cyclical population bulge of males that is alleviated by war. This time, instead of another war, the young men and blue collar folks of country rise up and decapitate the intelligentsia and the leadership elites from their positions of power. Then black and white ethno-states and "Gaysia" are created and a new ruling class is created from the young men and blue collar rebel leaders. Hijinks ensue and it takes a while to sort out who is important to the reader but a worthwhile novel.

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