Bookmarks: Crazy life ‘Rant’
If you are unfamiliar with Chuck Palahniuk, he’s the guy that wrote “Fight Club.” Palahniuk is known for surrealist qualities in his writing and putting readers through their paces. But “Rant” moves at such a fast and unrelenting pace readers must do what they can to keep up.
“Rant,” an interview formatted as an oral biography, skips around by interview topic rather than progress through Buster Casey’s life in a linear way. From a small town in the middle of nowhere, Buster Casey – “Rant” – makes himself notorious by committing insane acts and getting away with them. From the small town to the big city, “Rant” continues with his crazy ways, gets caught up with friends who crash junker cars for fun and spreads more than just himself around.
Characters are not always what they seem to be at first read and the more you read, the more you realize how interwoven a world Palahniuk has embroidered for every character, regardless of how minor you may originally assume they are.
And the themes will throw you for a loop by the final chapter. I am not going to describe details or give any examples because anything and everything is a spoiler.
What I will say is that “Rant: The Oral Biography of Buster Casey” is typical Chuck Palahniuk. Palahniuk draws ideas and plot lines from social, behavioral, and in this case, actual science.
He dips not just a toe, but the majority of a foot into gore, romance, sex, family and food, all through the tint of believable science fiction.
A recurring theme in “Rant” is that small beginnings have explosive (or otherwise unforgettable) endings. That’s not to say “expect the unexpected,” but expect anything you think you have “writing in stone” at the beginning of the novel to be completely turned upside down, after going through a roller coaster of seemingly unrelated events.
To some degree, everything in “Rant” could become reality and that is what makes it worth the read.