An Oral Biography of Buster Casey

Book - 2007
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"Like most people I didn't meet Rant Casey until after he was dead. That's how it works for most celebrities: After they croak, their circle of friends just explodes...."

Rant is the mind-bending new novel from Chuck Palahniuk, the literary provocateur responsible for such books as the generation-defining classic Fight Club and the pedal-to-the-metal horrorfest Haunted . It takes the form of an oral history of one Buster "Rant" Casey, who may or may not be the most efficient serial killer of our time.

"What 'Typhoid Mary' Mallon was to typhoid, what Gaetan Dugas was to AIDS, and Liu Jian-lun was to SARS, Buster Casey would become for rabies."

A high school rebel who always wins (and a childhood murderer?), Rant Casey escapes from his small hometown of Middleton for the big city. He becomes the leader of an urban demolition derby called Party Crashing. On appointed nights participants recognize one another by such designated car markings as "Just Married" toothpaste graffiti and then stalk and crash into each other. Rant Casey will die a spectacular highway death, after which his friends gather testimony needed to build an oral history of his short, violent life. Their collected anecdotes explore the possibility that his saliva caused a silent urban plague of rabies and that he found a way to escape the prison house of linear time....

"The future you have, tomorrow, won't be the same future you had, yesterday."
--Rant Casey

Expect hilarity, horror, and blazing insight into the desperate and surreal contemporary human condition as only Chuck Palahniuk can deliver it. He's the postmillennial Jonathan Swift, the visionary to watch to learn what's -- uh-oh --coming next.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385517874
Branch Call Number: FICTION Palahniuk
Characteristics: 320 p. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Oral biography of Buster Casey


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Kristen MERKE
Oct 01, 2012

At first, I said no way. 10 pages in I wanted to give up. However, I pressed on and fell in love. The characters all started to grow on me and the unique style was addictive. I say give it a chance, and though sometimes strange - after the last page I realized how clever the whole thing really was.

AdamTMiller Nov 28, 2011

This is similar in tone to Fight Club, in terms of theme, but it takes a crazy twist toward the middle that turns it from a Tom Sawyeresque narrative into a more of a dystopia/sci-fi story. It will leave you thinking, though.

Aug 24, 2011

Fabulous book, loved the format, loved the characters. Probably be a movie someday soon. Hope they can do it justice.

Feb 18, 2011

Has moments of quiet brilliance as Palahniuk recounts Rant's childhood and adolescence, but soon collapses in on itself as the author pulls the sheet of the table only to expose twisted explanations that go round and round and round in confusing strains that mean nothing, kind of like this review.

Feb 17, 2011

By far one of my favorite books of all time, and one of the best of Chuck Palahniuk's career. I am very surprised it did not win more awards. Very original writing style, quite a page-turner. I would recommend this to anyone, it touches on so many subjects and cannot be weighted down by a specific theme or genre. It explores the complications of growing up in a small town, the tendencies of daredevils, falling in love, pseudo-super-powers, and a global viral epidemic and death. Its just a great read, no matter what you like or how old you are (though some of the language and topics are a little adult.)

daymakerdave Feb 15, 2011

Pretty standard Palahniuk. Instead of underground fight clubs, it's underground "party crashers". Still, it was pretty funny/gross/disturbing in the style that we love from Chuck.


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