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Information about the book: http://chuckpalahniuk.net/books/lullaby
So, I’ve read Fight Club by the same author, and decided to give this one a chance. I was really drawn in by the premise, which sounded interesting. And, while they tend to give me nightmares, Chuck Palahniuk’s books are always written so ridiculously well that I end up loving them anyway. I’m not much a person for shock value in books, as I’ve made clear before, but anything by Chuck Palahniuk is definitely an exception to that rule.
The book is honestly disturbing - not for the faint of heart. The rampant killing throughout the book made it hard for me to keep on without feeling very disheartened. Generally Chuck Palahniuk’s books don’t do much for those who would like to keep up the hope that humanity is headed for a good place, and since I’m not entirely one of those people, I can usually be okay reading them. But this one… I don’t know. Something about it really scared me, and I can’t quite explain what it is.
But definitely worth the read. As I said, the writing is gorgeous, and while the story might not be relatable exactly, it definitely makes one think. It’s a tough one, definitely not for the optimistic or the faint of heart. But if you’re willing to sit down and entertain the idea that maybe, just maybe, humanity may not be destined for greatness, reading this book is a very good way to do it.
I wouldn’t recommend it to just anyone, for that reason. Like-minded thinkers, who have similar doubts to mine as to where our species is going, would be the best ones for it. The cynics, the skeptics and the pessimists. Or maybe just the deep thinkers. Anyone who cherishes the time they get to sit down and wonder about things. And who isn’t too terribly scared of what those things might hold for them. Those people are the ones who should read this book.
Next one: Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried