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|Kershaw - Elgin Library||Palahniuk (Text)||33255003504371||Adult Fiction||Available||-|
- ISBN: 9780393652598
- ISBN: 0393652599
316 pages ; 25 cm
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 
- Copyright: ©2018
|Summary, etc.:||People pass the word only to those they trust most: Adjustment Day is coming. They've been reading a mysterious book and memorizing its directives. They are ready for the reckoning. Adjustment Day, the author's first novel in four years, is an ingeniously comic work in which Chuck Palahniuk does what he does best: skewer the absurdities in our society. Smug, geriatric politicians bring the nation to the brink of a third world war in an effort to control the burgeoning population of young males; working-class men dream of burying the elites; and professors propound theories that offer students only the bleakest future. Into this dyspeptic time a blue-black book is launched carrying such wisdom as: Imagine there's no God. There is no Heaven or Hell. There is only your son and his son and his son and the world you leave for them. The weak want you to forgo your destiny just as they've shirked theirs. A smile is your best bulletproof vest. When Adjustment Day arrives, it fearlessly makes real the logical conclusion of every separatist fantasy, alternative fact, and conspiracy theory lurking in the American psyche. --|
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Publishers Weekly Review
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The defiance of social order well-known from Palahniuk's Fight Club finds new-if stunted-life. As American society continues to fail the common man, the mysterious actor Talbott Reynolds appears on radio and TV promising a new system built truly by the people. Soon, copies of a blue and black book proliferate quickly underground through the U.S., speaking of an Adjustment Day that will bring power to the powerless. With the American government on the verge of reinstating the military draft, Talbott's followers rebel, killing and enslaving all journalists, politicians, and academics. New leaders arise from the rebels, creating three separatist states: Caucasia, which reverts to a medieval society; Blacktopia, which springboards into a magical and technologically advanced world; and Gaysia, a state consumed with outing heterosexuals and inseminating lesbians to keep the economy in balance. As misplaced citizens flee, others must hide in plain sight. One elder white woman blackfaces to awkwardly fit in, while a heterosexual couple passes as gay so they aren't permanently separated. The over-the-top premise is classic Palahniuk, but he stumbles in its delivery, focusing more on the farcical aspects of these societies rather than on the characters living in them, resulting in a thin story. (May) Â© Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Library Journal Review
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Palahniuk (Fight Club) joins Sinclair Lewis and George Orwell in Dystopia, where Adjustment Day is the culmination of an underclass revolution wherein whole legislatures and individuals with lots of votes on "the list"-the "elites"-are slaughtered. Its originator, a delusional geriatric named Talbott Reynolds, claims that the problem with America is ethnic and sexual mixing. So the country is divided: the Deep South becomes Blacktopia (and thrives), California becomes Gaysia (repression and unrest), and the rest becomes Caucasia (a weird paradise for the former underclass, a nightmare for others). -Palahniuk is a skilled stylist prone to complicated diction and gargantuan sentences. The book is also heavy with allusion: once in pursuit of a point, the author references in succession The Great Gatsby, Gone with the Wind, Valley of the Dolls, and his above-mentioned novel. There are traces of noir, magical realism, sf, and horror. It's all there, with the power to amuse, astound, and provoke, with material sure to offend (probably multiple times) almost everyone. Additionally, readers must get through several hundred pages to learn what happens to Hispanics and Asians. Nevertheless, it's a book for 2018. VERDICT Palahniuk is an acquired taste; those who have it will devour this, for others, it might be the place to start. [See Prepub Alert, 11/27/17.]- Robert E. Brown, Oswego, NY Â© Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.