"Begins here first account of operative me, agent number 67 on arrival Midwestern airport ____ . Flight ____. Date ____. Priority mission top success to complete. Code name: Operation Havoc." Thus speaks Pygmy, one of a handful of young adults from a totalitarian state sent to the US, disguised as exchange students to live with typical American families and blend in, all the while planning an unspecified attack of massive terrorism. Palahniuk depicts Midwestern life through the eyes of this thoroughly indoctrinated little killer, who hates us with a passion, in this cunning double-edged satire of an American xenophobia that might, in fact, be completely justified. The Manchurian Candidate meets South Park in Chuck Palahniuk's finest novel since the generation-defining Fight Club.
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by Chuck Palahniuk
by Chuck Pfarrer
by Chuck Wendig
by Chuck Klosterman
by Dominic Smith
"Paul Michael Garcia earned his paycheck for his performance of PYGMY, Chuck Palahniuk's (FIGHT CLUB) semi-comedic novel about a 13-year-old terrorist nicknamed for his diminutive size. Pygmy is one of many young agents from an unspecified nation who infiltrate the U.S. through a foreign student exchange program. Pygmy, in bizarre pidgin English, narrates the tale with sentences like: "Operative me seated surrounding meal table host American holiday. Present Vast Cow Father, Pig Dog Brother, Chicken Mother, Cat Sister host family all hands link so create fence." Garcia's challenge is to read the ungrammatical sentences carefully so listeners can interpret their meaning. The story is some kind of weird "Karate Kid as a young terrorist" effort, which is even funny at times. Overall, it's worth the effort. M.S. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"
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