Adjustment Day

Adjustment Day

Book - 2018
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As the politicians bring the nation to the brink of war, a mysterious book appears offering directives and carrying wisdom to prepare people for Adjustment Day.
Publisher: New York :, W.W. Norton & Company,, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780393652598
Branch Call Number: FIC PALA
Characteristics: 316 pages ; 25 cm


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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!

Jul 16, 2018

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

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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