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Carl Streator è un uomo solitario. Ha quarant'anni, è vedovo e fa il giornalista. Mentre lavora a un reportage sulla sindrome della morte improvvisa del neonato scopre qualcosa di terribile: la presenza in tutti i luoghi dove sono morti dei bambini piccoli del libro "Poesie e filastrocche da tutto il mondo", immancabilmente aperto su una nenia africana usata per dare la "dCarl Streator è un uomo solitario. Ha quarant'anni, è vedovo e fa il giornalista. Mentre lavora a un reportage sulla sindrome della morte improvvisa del neonato scopre qualcosa di terribile: la presenza in tutti i luoghi dove sono morti dei bambini piccoli del libro "Poesie e filastrocche da tutto il mondo", immancabilmente aperto su una nenia africana usata per dare la "dolce morte". Il canto si rivela un'arma micidiale: basta leggerlo a voce alta o anche solo recitarlo a mente "dirigendolo" verso qualcuno e quel qualcuno finisce per tirare le cuoia. Carl diventato, più o meno involontariamente, un serial killer, si associa con un'agente immobiliare per distruggere tutte le copie esistenti del libro....

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Ninna nanna Reviews

  • Jeff
    2019-03-23 05:41

    Oh Chuck Palahniuk, why do the kids love you? Years and years and years have passed while I have worked in a bookstore and every single year is the same, some kind of cool hipster guy or girl will come in and ask for anything by Chuck Palahniuk, bestowing praises upon his writing. Okay, I get it. The hipsters love him. Brad Pitt was in a movie based on a Palahnuik book, which was about crazy wacky anarchy, which the young hipsters love.So, I finally sat myself down and cracked open this lovely bird of a book.I wanted to like it. I really did. I wanted to be part of that faction... the I love Chuck Palahnuik, I smoke Camels, I roll the cuffs of my jeans and wear studded belts, but only on occasion, cause really I wear AE gear, but not AE gear bought from an actual AE store, but from a thrift shop, where it costs roughly the same amount of money if I were to buy it new, but I didn't, someone else, a stranger in fact, wore this shirt before me, thus I am cooler than you cause I bought this shirt at a thrift shop, and I have a tattoo... maybe I have two... you'll never know cause I'm mysterious, and I play the guitar, but not really, I can only play three cords, but really that's enough to make it seem like I know what I'm doing, have you ever read Vonnegut?I didn't like this book. I didn't hate it. I just didn't like it. A poem (lullaby) that has the ability to kill people when read aloud? I thought those were called Mattie Stepanek poems. ZING!Sorry Mattie fans. I know the kid got dealt a bad card(s), but seriously? Have you read his stuff?

  • Kemper
    2019-03-31 01:25

    To most people a lullaby is a soothing song meant to help coax a child to sleep, but in Chuck Palahniuk’s hands it becomes a death spell that can kill anyone. Of course, that’s not twisted enough for Chuckie P. so he had to throw in some witchcraft, necrophilia and dead babies to really make it a party. Carl Streator is a newspaper reporter working on a feature about infant crib deaths, and he has his own tragic experience in that area. When Streator sees a book containing an African chant at several homes where the baby died, he does more digging and discovers that it‘s a culling song that can be used to kill just by thinking it. Since Carl has a few anger problems, this leads to a lot of deaths of people who annoy him as he tries to get control.Streator seeks help from Helen Hoover Boyle a realtor who specializes in flipping haunted houses and who also knows the culling song. He convinces her that they should take a road trip to destroy all the copies of the book, but her secretary Mona, a witch wannabe, and her animal rights activist and all around asshole of a boyfriend Oyster end up coming along for the ride. Mona also convinces them that the culling song probably came from a powerful spell book they should try to locate.The culling song is a nifty hook for the story and Streator’s tendency to off anyone who’s pissing him off provides some dark hilarity. My biggest problem with this one is that Streator is a complete moron. He instantly realizes the chaos that would occur if anyone else figured out the culling song and how to use it, but then he promptly blabs about it to Mona and a disgusting EMT with a penchant for corpse sex. He often can't control himself with the culling song and kills people for offenses like having their TV’s too loud or bumping into him on the street, yet somehow he manages not to whack the ultra-annoying Oyster. Then he invites Oyster and Mona on the road to destroy the book. So you’re trying to destroy a dangerous spell that can kill people and you bring along a guy who spends every waking moment telling you all the crimes people have committed against animals. Guess how well that turns out?

  • Matt
    2019-04-07 05:45

    Chuck has never been a very good writer. He comes up with interesting ideas, uses them as a vehicle for a shitty novel, then I read it, and am disappointed every time. I have since stopped reading his books but my girlfriend says they still suck.

  • Lyn
    2019-04-17 01:42

    Eudora Welty once said something to the effect that Southern gothic works because people in the South can still recognize grotesque. Chuck Palahniuk may be the vanguard of the post-modern gothic literary group as he can definitely recognize what is grotesque in our culture. “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me” is an old saying that Palahniuk dissects and violates with an impish joy usually only seen in 8th grade biology. Centered around the unfortunate discovery of an old African culling song that can kill when read (or thought) Palahniuk creates a loose allegory that examines how our saturation with noise and our hyper addiction to media has created a blunted, spiritually lethal society. Like reading Christopher Moore I cringe when I read Palahniuk’s work, feeling guilty for laughing, but buried amidst the bizarre scenarios and the locker room humor are social and cultural insights that are worth the effort. This is more like Invisible Monsters than Fight Club, but as entertaining as either in its own weird Kafkaesque way and demonstrating a common misanthropic thread that may connect all of his work.

  • Chloe
    2019-03-29 05:43

    When you pick up a Chuck Palahniuk book you know that you are going to plunge ever-so-briefly into a raging torrent of absurdity, horror so whimsical that you laugh even as you cringe, and insightful looks at contemporary living. It seems a cheap shot to call his work formulaic, but once you've read through 6 or 7 of his books, the pattern emerges and you have a vague idea of what to expect.It was Lullaby that finally brought this realization home to me. You have the protagonist, a man who seems like the picture of upstanding normality at first glance but who is eventually revealed to have a dark secret hidden in his past. You have the more experienced secondary character who helps to drive the story forward by slowly revealing some answers to the mystery. Then you have the comical minor characters, the latter-day Rosencratz and Guildenstern (or the R2D2 and C3PO if you want to take it that far) if you will, who play an important roll in the advancement of events but who also provide the brilliant moments of macabre hilarity. At some point they will all go on a roadtrip and Palahniuk will ruminate on the state of human existence at the turn of the 21st Century.And so it goes for Lullaby. Features reporter Carl Streator is assigned to report on crib death for a mid-size Portland newspaper. As he visits site after site of these tragic deaths, he notices the constant appearance of a book of children's poems all laying open to Page 27. It appears that prior to dying the infants had all been read this particular poem. Being the thorough investigative reporter that he is, Streator traces crib deaths in his area back over 20 years until he comes across Helen Hoover Boyle, a Realtor who specializes in selling (and reselling and reselling again) haunted houses to unsuspecting clients, who may know the reason why this particular poem seems to kill. It's not long before Streator, Helen, her assistant Mona (known as Mulberry in the Wiccan circles in which she travels) and Mona's boyfriend Oyster embark on a roadtrip across the country to track down every copy of this culling poem to protect the sleeping infants of the world from inadvertent death.Like I said it's formulaic, but this just makes it easier to focus on the odd details that Palahniuk likes to toss into the mix. Oyster's long narrations about the history of invasive foreign plants and how this can be used as a means to understand the cannibalistic psyche of modern man, an EMT who learns the culling poem so that he can kill fashion models and then have sex with their dead bodies, the twisted history of antique furniture- they all add together to form a novel that, while not spectacular, definitely envelops you and reminds you why it is that Palahniuk stands out as one of the best contemporary authors of today.

  • Λίνα Θωμάρεη
    2019-03-24 02:41

    Δεν θυμάμαι και πολλά από το βιβλίο. Θυμάμαι όμως ότι α) δεν είχα ενθουσιαστεί και β) έκανα πολύ καιρό να το τελειώσω άρα raiting 2,5

  • O.M. Grey
    2019-04-12 03:32

    Brilliant. That's the word, the only word, that came to mind as I started reading Palahniuk's Lullaby. I struggled to keep reading, as I was too impressed with the prose. As a writer, reading Palahniuk made me feel like a dancing monkey in comparison. By the time I hit the halfway mark, I struggled to keep reading for an altogether different reason. It had become too fragmented, repetitive, and just plain boring. At the beginning, this passage stopped me. Full stop. Absolute. No going further out of awe:"Helen, she's wearing a white suit and shoes, but not Snow White. It's more the white of downhill skiing in Banff with a private car and driver on call, fourteen pieces of matched luggage, and a suite at the Hotel Lake Louise."By the time I had reached page 116, about halfway through, I've read about twenty passages stylistically the same. This color. But not color like this, more like this extended metaphor. Dull. First time, brilliant. First few times, brilliant. Twentieth, dull. Okay. I might be exaggerating with the twenty mark. I didn't count, but it's repetitive enough to make it annoying. Unlike his other "choruses," like "I know this because Tyler knows this" or "these noise-aholics, these peace-aphobics" (and all the variations on that theme) or the counting to remain calm, it doesn't tie anything together. It doesn't do a thing past a look-at-how-well-I-can-write. Over and over, which defeats its own purpose. It's like those movie scenes so overdone they're obviously this-is-my-Oscar-winning-performance-scene. Again with the ads Oyster, one of the many despicable characters in this novel, takes out to blackmail corporations. Really. Really. Old. I get it. I don't have to be beaten over the head with it.**spoilers**  --  **trigger warnings** Then, on page 177 (Ch 29), after I skipped dozens of pages of the same-ol', same-ol' repetition, where no new character development is revealed nor is the plot projected forward, I came to the part where Streater remembers orally and vaginally raping his dead wife. Of course, he only thought she was unconscious, so it was just rape, not necrophilia. "It's not rape if they're dead."This is where I stopped reading.Not sure which was more disturbing, the fact that Streater calls it "the best he had" since before his child was born or that he didn't even bother to check on her after he got off with her unconscious, unresponsive form. I'm utterly disgusted by Palahniuk, and I'm not sure I'll be reading anymore. Darkness is one thing. Disturbing is one thing, and I like things very dark, but something about this is beyond revolting. Thankfully, the protagonist and everyone, really, are all horrific people, so at least the rape isn't brushed off as something acceptable. That's the only thing that might get me to try another book.This is the first Palahniuk book in which I'd gotten this far. I'm partially into Fight Club at the moment, the second time I've tried to read it. The first I found difficult to keep going for the same reason at the beginning: blown away by the prose. That, coupled with the movie playing in my head, made it hard for me to read. I'm trying again, and I hope to get through it this time. Two stars, only because of the brilliant prose. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.

  • Michael Breen
    2019-03-23 00:38

    The war of who can crank their radio louder than their neighbor. Avoiding the big picture by looking at things too closely. Big Brother filling your head with marketing noise 24-7 so you he doesn't have to worry about what your thoughts cause he created them. Control. Unlikely families. Journalism. These are the tried-and-true themes that Palahniuk has worked before in other forms in other books and they all come together nicely with Chuck's dead pan, sarcastic sense of humor. The premise of the book is a little hokey but Chuck's writing is so good you forget that magic doesn't exist and fall in love with the ridiculousness of the situation and you generally don't stop laughing long enough to think twice. It might seem to drag a little past the middle but hang with the characters till he gets all the loose ends wrapped up. It's pretty well worth it.

  • Darwin8u
    2019-03-23 02:32

    “After long enough, everyone in the world will be your enemy.” ― Chuck Palahniuk, LullabyChuck Palahniuk can sometimes be casually dismissed as an oversold shock author who appeals to a certain type of hipster reader who buys his books (and now comics) with a slavish devotion usually reserved for members of an asteroid cult. Sometimes that view rings true. Occasionally, Palahniuk will deliver a book or an idea that is more of a gimp monster or lame demon of mediocrity than an explosive novel of ideas. 'Lullaby' is not one of those hobbled novels. And to be fair to Palahniuk, he has now birthed enough solid fiction to deserve much of his cult status. He isn't a Nabokov, a McCarthy or a Roth, but he has developed a solid style and voice that is both recognizable and strong.'Lullaby' is framed around two protagonists (Carl and Helen) and their "adopted" children (Mona and Oyster). This neo-elementary family are searching for all copies of a culling song found in an anthology of children's poetry and the original book of shadows. This ends up being a road novel where each of the four characters are in search of a different world, a different magic, a different end. There were times in this novel where Palahniuk's rants against consumerism, pollution, invasive species, noise, etc., all seem in danger of consuming the narrative, but Palahniuk's sharp nimble seems to dance through the anger with the same ease as Carl and Helen dance past the dead.

  • Nate
    2019-03-21 01:33

    Palahniuk makes another social statement(criticism) with Lullaby, but this time with more humor than he's mustered in any of his other books. It definitely helps to be somewhat cynical about the modern world, if you want to enjoy this book (good rule of thumb w/ any C.P books). But even if you love life, there's much to appreciate in the this book, mainly the fact that it's hysterically funny and the events that occur that are really bizarre. The story revolves around the main character who stumbles across a culling song (poem that is used to euthanize the suffering) and eventually reveals more magic spells that begin to be abused by people for their own benefit.Pretty much everything that happens in this story is totally absurd, which is one of the things that's great about it. If you're someone who likes everything neatly wrapped up in a believable package, you won't like this book at all. But if you're willing to have a little fun and enjoy some really humorous moments then you'll appreciate Lullaby.

  • Sean
    2019-04-08 06:35

    The only novel by the acclaimed author of Fight Club that I've read, this book is more or less an essay concerning the contaminating effects caused by the constant "noise" to which Americans have grown accustomed in their lives. Be it mass media, advertisements everywhere one turns, or talking heads always telling one what to do and when to do it, this noise is everywhere, and utterly inescapable, the author argues. While I generally agree with the author's displeasure over constant sensory overload, the overt bombardment of social commentary in this book is so over-the-top and unending that it is akin to the "noise" which the author proclaims to so disdain.The author's caterwauling is intermittently suspended to give beatification to the libertine nature of the characters' sexuality. In addition, the novel’s main plot device is an epidemic of SIDS sweeping the nation, a distasteful and gratuitous illustration into the morbidly macabre mind of the author.In summary, the author's egotistical perception of himself as a social doyen (which I've been told is a given in any Palahniuk novel) merely turns me off from his argument, causing a desire in me to stand up and scream, "ENOUGH!" Yes, silence is one of the rarest and most valuable gifts of nature. And although people are, indeed, regularly exposed to an unavoidable amount of noise throughout their day, it is ultimately up to each person whether or not he decides to get up and turn off the TV.

  • Catten
    2019-03-30 23:40

    Palahniuk, the Portlander (Oregon, not Maine) who wrote the cult classic Fight Club, has four other novels. One of them is Lullaby, which might or might not be just as off-the-wall as its more popular brother.The book opens with a scene from a real estate office. Helen Hoover Boyle and her assistant Mona listen to a police scanner for deaths (and potential sales) and field calls from frightened new homeowners who have bought what Helen calls "distressed" (haunted) houses. Helen sells the same homes over and over, creating a niche market with a steady income.Chapter two is from the perspective of an unknown character, whose identity isn't revealed until much later in the book. This narrator is hunting miracles: the Flying Virgin, who appeared in New Mexico and wrote "STOP HAVING BABYS" in the sky with a can of Bug-Off brand insect fogger; the Roadkill Jesus Christ/I-84 Messiah, who restores dead animals to their pre-accident conditions; the Judas Cow, at the Stone River Meatpacking plant in Nebraska, who refused to lead a herd of cows into the slaughterhouse, and instead took a seat and spoke at length about giving up meat, taught its audience a Hindi song, and answered questions about the nature of life and death.The third chapter brings us to Carl Streator, a journalist trained to note details. Assigned to do a series of stories on crib death for the Lifestyles section of his newspaper, he visits the parents and homes of recently deceased babies. On his first visit, he notes, among other things, an open library book on a wicker chest in the nursery. This book, Poems and Rhymes from Around the World, is open to page 27. Carl diligently writes down the eight-line traditional African poem - a culling song, a lullaby, the book says - in his notes. This poem shows up at each of the homes he visits; he's found a pattern.In his editor's office, he reads the poem aloud. The next day, the editor doesn't show up for work.Carl has a problem with anger management and soon discovers bodies piling up around him. Mona, the realtor's assistant, is a Wiccan who recognizes Carl's power and the story just gets stranger from there. Carl, Helen, Mona, and Mona's boyfriend Oyster set out on a road trip to track down and destroy every copy of the poem.Palahnuik's writing style is sometimes choppy and repetitive, which took a little to get used to. This story, which might be considered a magical realism murder mystery, is brilliantly conceived. The plot doesn't just twist, it writhes. For a little while, I had no idea what was going on. I became mildly frustrated. But I was already hooked, so I pressed on and finally things started coming together. The trip was worth it. And I think Palahniuk effectively taps into that irritated, misanthropic side of humanity that would never publicly admit that, "Yeah, once in awhile, I wouldn't mind having a culling song handy..."

  • Joel Lacivita
    2019-03-23 03:42

    Chuck took me on an interesting ride with Lullaby. It’s about a culling poem that will kill people when they hear it. But that’s a very simple way of explaining this book, there’s a lot more to it. It has several themes but it seems to be mostly about how people are never in total control of themselves. We are all possessed by something. I liked the way he talked about people that have problems with excess (ie. Drinking, eating, gambling, etc…) are actually being possessed by ghosts of people who couldn’t get enough of those things while they were still alive. It does seem like that. Some people can have all sorts of control of their life but yet in certain areas, have no control.There is great deal of humor throughout and I found myself laughing out loud several times. He has a twisted sense of humor that resonates well my twisted sense of humor. Much like Choke and Beautiful You, this book features a character who has a scheme of making money that is dark and twisted. She sell’s houses that are haunted and then gets the owners to keep quiet so she can sell it again within six months. It’s great stuff. I see the pattern in his books now which Fight Club hammered home with such solid force. Chuck writes about a modern world where people are dysphoric and depressed and they want what they think is there’s. Stepping on someone else’s toes is ok if the end justifies the means. Our world of ultra-consumerism has created a society of people going me me me with no end in sight and Chuck paints this picture exceptionally well.

  • Wayne Barrett
    2019-04-11 06:39

    "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can hurt like hell."Another great satirical/horror by Mr Chuck... 'Warning, if you have read this book and suffer bleeding hemorrhoids caused by sudden outbursts of laughter you may be eligible to participate in a class action law suit'.A childrens poem that has been quietly causing the death of infants, children, and their parents, turns out to be an ancient African culling song. A magical remedy that was originally intended to put the weak and infirm out of their misery. The protagonists of the story, Carl and Helen who inadvertently put their own loved ones to sleep... permanently... go on a mission to find all the books containing the story and destroy them before they can do any more damage. And since they have memorized the culling song themselves, their bigger battle has become, not killing everyone who annoys them along the way.I think Lullaby has become one of my favorite Palahniuk books. Chuck is an acquired taste, but if you enjoy his work then this will be right up your kitchen.

  • Paul Nash
    2019-04-02 06:43

    Another awesome written insanity by the Master of the odd and insane! After reading 4 Palahniuk's nearly back to back, I've noticed small little connections. I believe he is subtlety connecting all his stories...and building one crazy world, one book at a time. Spellbound!5 stars!

  • Lauren
    2019-04-03 00:53

    Lullaby was my first book to read by Chuck Palahniuk. I was so very impressed with his writing style and his well-crafted story.Assigned to investigate Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, a reporter uncovers an ancient culling spell. When he learns the power of the spell, and the damage it can do, he sets out with some other very interesting characters, to remove this poem/spell from every library and bookstore in the country.In my opinion, the power of Palahniuk's style is in his use of repeated phrases. This book was about the power of words and the power of humans to change the world (good and bad). With words as a central theme in the book, Palahniuk constructs many rhymes and phrases that are mentioned often through the book:"Sticks and stones can break your bones, but words will kill you...","These noisaholics, these quietophobics..."They are very well-placed, and really add to the overall meaning of the story. The writing was very raw, enough to make me cringe at times, but I still enjoyed the overall story.

  • محمد
    2019-04-10 02:55

    ربما كانت هذه الرواية أشد ما قرأت من نقد للمجتمع الامريكي، تشاك بولانيك يفتح النار على الجميع، الهيبيين ورجال الأعمال والمستوطنين القدامى والمحافظين على البيئة والمعترضين على المحافظين على البيئة، كلهم كلهم.كتاب تعاويذ غريب، وتعويذة سحرية تحقق أمنيات الأجزاء حالكة السواد من نفوس الأبطال، تحولهم التعويذة إلى أنصاف آلهة، ولا تنتهي الرواية كروايتي بولانيك نادي القتال والناجي الأخير، بل هذه المرة تأتي أغنية المهد بنهاية نصف مفتوحة، تتيح لنا - وللكاتب - أن نسرح جميعًا بخيالنا في حوادث وشخصيات أخرى لها علاقة بالرواية.بغلاف لا يمت بصلة للرواية، وترجمة ممتازة من هشام فهمي، هذه أجمل روايات بولانيك بالعربية حتى الآن،

  • Michele
    2019-03-25 02:38

    Aside from not knowing how to pronounce this author's last name, reading this book was quick and easy (I read it in three days worth of bus rides to school and back). But just because it's an easy read doesn't mean it's not thought provoking.Palahniuk wrote Fight Club which was made into a movie starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. (If you haven't seen the movie, go see it - it combines the uncertainty of a Sixth Sense or the confusion of a Memento with the light hearted social critique/commentary of Trainspotting or The Big Lebowski.) The movies I choose as metaphors to describe Fight Club probably say something interesting about me, but I'd rather not psychoanalyze myself right now.Anyway, Lullaby is about what it sounds like, a lullaby, but it's also about death, guilt, and the corruptive force of power as it affects a reporter, a real estate agent and a couple of vegan Wiccans. It begins with an unexpected twist, and shortly follows that up with an explanation of what the lullaby is all about. At this point, after only about 20 pages in, you begin to wonder what Palahniuk was thinking when he wrote the book since he seems to have thrown all the good stuff into the beginning. But it continues to mystify, and then reveal those mystifications at odd moment throughout the novel, with the final twist being held off until the last few pages.If you're looking for a quick, easy summer read and something a little edgier than a romance, feel good story, or chick lit, this is a quick and dirty book I would recommend reading, particularly if you liked Fight Club or you're looking for something out of the ordinary.My tolerance for "ickiness" seems to be much higher than some of my book club members because the overwhelming response to this book was that there were some really despicable and graphically descriptive parts (despicable characters and a lot more description of dead/damaged bodies than some people cared for). I was the only one who found the main character, Streacher, interesting. Although I couldn't condone the character's behaviour, I could certainly understand it, and I think Palahniuk did a pretty good job getting into the mind of an uptight middle-aged man with an excessively large amount of emotional baggage. So a caveat to my sense of the book would be that if you don't like to hear icky descriptions of the body, don't read this book... though if you've seen Fight Club, you've already seen that kind of icky when Robert gets shot, or when Norton's character pulls out his tooth.

  • Mariam
    2019-04-15 04:45

    მართალია, თავიდან კუს ნაბიჯებით მივბობღავდი, მაგრამ ბოლოს ისეთი საინტერესო და ჩამთრევი აღმოჩნდა, სულ დამავიწყა დასაწერი რომ მაქვს 1000 სიტყვიანი ესე (არადა, ჩემი მომავალი გარკვეულწილად ამაზეა დამოკიდებული). ჰოდა, იმის თქმა მინდოდა, რომ მომხიბლე, ჩაკ, ძალიან მომხიბლე.

  • Staring·Girl
    2019-03-23 07:54

    After reading Lullaby, I'm officially a member of the Cult.Chuck, you are to me what Oprah Winfrey is to Josh Nichols.

  • PUMPKINHEAD
    2019-04-06 05:51

    Palahniuk's a total trip, man. The premise of this book caught my attention: People are being killed using an ancient 'culling song', a tribal spell sang to the old or infirmed to put them to sleep... permanently. Neat idea! I was hooked. Other than that, I didn't know what to expect. What I got was a rollercoaster of a book that was one of the most inventive and original novels I'd read in a while. The culling song is just one aspect in this twister of a tale. Throw in a cast of questionable/oddball characters, some chilling backstories, witchcraft and what appears to be an approaching end of days, and you've got something you probably haven't seen before. Like most of Palahniuk's work, Lullaby is violent, gross, frightening, but also surprisingly heartfelt and funny too. We follow the first person perspective of a journalist named Carl Streator as he investigates accidental deaths (or are they?) caused by the culling song, an investigation that eventually leads him on a road trip from hell (kinda). From there the whole thing only gets stranger/cooler. I don't really want to give much away because I went into this book blind and found not knowing anything made it that more enjoyable. I can see this book not being everyone's cup of tea. There were a few times when the author's writing style got on my nerves, particularly with repetition. What thrilled me more than anything though was the originality of it. Personally, I have grown incredibly tired of the same old stories being rehashed by countless writers out there. It's like an echo chamber of mediocrity. For better or worse, Palahnuik is doing his own thing and coming up with tales that are as fresh as they are inventive. For me, I can't get enough of it.

  • Whitney
    2019-04-12 05:35

    It's been a few years since I read this book but I just happened to see it in my recommendations and wanted to nip this in the bud before GoodReads decided to do me anymore favors. I remember reading this with expectations built on everyone telling me how great and awesome it was. Even though I wasn't into spreading my literary wings at the time, I gave it a go because who doesn't trust their friends? Liars, all of them.Lullaby is like some pretentious, avant-garde art piece that is supposed to say " hey guys, society is really messed up" but instead it makes you wonder how you could swindle people into thinking you have talent too. Chuck is a wish-I-was Burroughs and an even more overrated Vonnegut. The best part of this book was the summary that made me eager to read it, however, the story hidden in the pages was boring enough to send a coma into a coma. So over-the-top and ridiculous with such a thin plot; I have no idea what possessed me to finish it, but I did and I put it in a donation box and sent that sucker to Goodwill for some other poor fool with liars for friends to pick up.

  • Marco Tamborrino
    2019-03-24 07:48

    Divertente e terribilmente reale. Diventa forse un po' troppo confuso alla fine, ma comunque un ottimo libro, indubbiamente superiore a Fight Club. Sublime il personaggio di Helen Hoover Boyle.

  • Rıdvan
    2019-04-02 01:36

    Bir Chuck Palahniuk kitabı için zayıf buldum. Konu elbette enteresan. Akış yine çok sıradan ve sıkıcı başlıyor ve kitap siz hakettikçe size aksiyon ve eğlence sunuyor. Yani emek harcayıp ilerledikçe kitapta, olaylar merak uyandırmaya ve enteresan haller almaya başlıyor. Öyle bedavaya eğlence istiyorsanız Chuck Palahniuk okumayacaksınız. Ahmet Ümit falan okuyun:)Bir adam var. Car Streator. Bir defter buluyor. Ve defterde yazılı bir büyü. Ölüm büyüsü. Bir şarkı hatta "Ninni". Bunu kimin kulağına fısıldarsanız o kişi ölüveriyor efenim. (Keşke benim olsa)Maalesef Carl bu ninniyi öğrendikten sonar kendini tutamamış ve sürekli mırıldanmış durmuş. Hani insanın diline dandik bir şarkı takılır da söylemeden duramaz ya. Hani size unutmak istedikçe inadına söylersiniz ya. İşte zavallı Carl da bu şekilde büssürü insan öldürmüş. Ve maalesef bu kişilere küçücük bebeği ve eşi de dahil:) Tabi burada okuduğunuzda (tabi aynı şekilde bende yazarken) insanın içi parçalanıyor ama Chuck Palahniuk işte böyle. En dramatic anları bile sanki hiç bir şey olmuyormuş gibi anlatır ya. Sıfır duygu. (Öküz öküz). Adamın ailesi yok olmuş. Hemde kendisi öldürmüş. Azıcık depresif ol dimi. Yok. Herşey normal. Hayatı alt üst olmuş ama adam dümdüz devam etmiş gitmiş hayatına. Neyse efenim. Bu biraz araştırıyo ve bir kadın daha buluyo. Helen Doyle. Bu kadın bir emlakçı ve etrafında sürekli şüpheli ölümler var. Tabi ölüm büyüsünden haberdar olmayanlar kadından asla şüphelenmiyor ancak Carl hemen durumu çakıyor. Ve Helen 'la tanışıyor. Ve beraber bu ölüm büyüsünün yazılı olduğu kitapları defterleri bulup tek tek yok etmeye başlıyorlar. Biz yandık eller yanmasın misali.İşte böyle de bir kitaptır kendisi. Okunmayı hakeder.

  • Nicholas
    2019-04-19 23:41

    Attention Readers of Edgy Black Writings, of Chuck PalahniukIf you've read Lullaby and have felt bored you are not alone.OKay, so this is my fourth Palahniuk book and I enjoyed the first three so much (Survivor, Choke, & Invisible Monsters)and I was very excited to read this. I got through most of it and felt really bored and unsatisfied. I mean I love the idea of the culling song and having the power to kill by voice even if you just say it in your head but I think the characters and the plot left me not intrested. Carl Streator was an okay character but I think by the end with all these plot twists I just didn't believe the story as much. Maybe is was the witchcraft thing. My favorite part the part with the chili bowl because it added suspense. I pictured the book in a SE7EN type of enviorment but maybe it just needs a second read. Don't get me wrong either I love Chuck, I mean I've read all these books in a row but this missed, sorry. And it's like I got bored of his writing either because I read RANT after this and thought it was great, so I'll try reading a second time and maybe that will help. But by judging my first time, I say read it before his others so you don't compare it with his other books but if it turns you off just realize it gets a hell of alot better than this just try RANT.

  • Albert Felixovich
    2019-04-17 04:47

    Էս ինչ կարդացի ես??? Փսիխիկաս խախտվավ:Երկար-բարակ չգրեմ էլի: Զզվելի գիրք էր: Պալանիկ էլ դժվար թե կարդամ:Լավ բաներ կային մեջը, բայց զզվելին ավելի շատ էր:

  • Jenni Lou
    2019-03-21 00:41

    The only real knowledge I had about Chuck Palahnuik was though the film Fight Club. (Which a terrific flick and excellently directed and photographed. It’s gotta be in my top 25-50 of all time.) I had never read one of his books before. Until now. I checked Lullaby out of the library as I was browsing around looking for something new and interesting. The librarian who checked me out remarked that he is one of her favorite authors and she owns all of his books. So I was intrigued. And this book?It’s good.Imaginative, bold, and seething with scathing commentary on contemporary American society and its willingness to be governed by consumerist culture, and content in its indifference and ignorance, Lullaby is a richly padded and darkly nihilistic parable about morality and power, with a dash of hopelessness sprinkled in.It may sound like a downer but Chuck Palahnuik‘s charm lies in his use of language. He has a gifted hand, aided by a thoughtful mind. Reading it, each word seems deliberate. The book isn’t so much nuanced as it is direct. Carl Streator tells it like it is. How he sees it. How he feels about it. Unusual in its tone and unapologetic in its message, Lullaby is narrative that is strangely pleasurable despite the nightmare it weaves.The novel is also peppered with repeated phrases, slightly altered each time it appears. They begin to take on a sort of sing-song quality in and of themselves. And how appropriate for a story named after a kind of song. “Sticks and stones may break your bones but words _____.” — “These _____-oholics. These _____-ophobics.” — “For whatever reason, I thought of _____.” Another repeated technique is that as Streator describes color–what someone is wearing for instance–he assigns it the color of a fine dining dish. It’s really kind of cool.Since the film Fight Club was about all I knew about Chuck Palahnuik, I must admit that the themes and overt messages of Lullaby are familiar. Like the narrator in Fight Club, Carl Streator rants on about people. Their irritating manners. Their rude behavior. Their sick minds. But it still feels fresh and relevant. You respect the viewpoint because you can understand it. Streator is a lonely man, a bitter man. He does little more than exist until his life is forever-changed by the power a single poem holds. This story is an adventure.There’s a high body count. He can’t control himself. But he wants to. All he has to do is think the poem the person that has inflamed his annoyance drops dead. He practices counting exercises to direct his death wishes away from unknowing victims. “Counting 345, counting 346, counting 347…” Hmm, yet another repeated phrase.The book is a lot of things. Thrilling. Depressing. Satisfying. All at once, and not necessarily in that order. The ending leaves you contemplating the new world order that now exists in the Lullaby world and I found myself thinking, now that would be an interesting television show! This story is filled with a variety of vividly imagined characters, each with their own views on modern life and morality. And they are all chasing the power of magic, hoping to wield it for their own uses.This was a fascinating read. Even a fun one. The words themselves are lyrical and flitter off of the page in a wonderful melody.Sticks and stones may break your bones but these words are quite astounding.

  • Dana
    2019-03-30 04:31

    My interest in Palahniuk was selfish: since suffering the loss of a loved one, experiencing a mental breakdown at PDX airport and, two days later, being terminated from my hellish job and thrown blindly into unemployment with no health insurance, no savings and a laundry list of neurological pills that needed popping (prescribing, and purchasing, too...) I was desperate for a distraction. This book is aaaaallllllll about the distraction, the noise, and the general clusterfuck that spins on around us, preventing us from thinking. It's characterized as the good and the bad; honestly, how much do you really want to focus on your life when your life seems so hopeless and backwards?"Lullaby" centers around a reporter's discovery and subsequent utilization of a "culling song," or a poem recited to individuals to put them to sleep, put them out of their misery...basically you direct the words to them, and they die. Someone has placed the poem in a book of verses from around the world, and parents are reading it to their babies, and a mysterious surge in SIDS deaths has compelled the reporter to find the connection.The song is the connection: and, now that he knows, he holds the power of life and death over the cacophonous world around him.Call it how you see it: in some ways this book is about a man's moral struggle with the power he finds. In some ways, a road trip, finding copies of the book with cohorts who all want something else from the grimoire from which the poem originated. In others, it's about the choices set before them when the grail (of sorts) is found. Save the world by healing and teaching and making positive changes? Rule the world by killing off your enemies and empowering your allies? Turn everything into ashes and dust, and let the world begin again? Or...I can't recommend it highly enough. On a personal note, I'm racked with the tearful relief that there is someone in this world sicker than I am. I sincerely enjoyed this book. I was engrossed, I was impressed, I'll likely read it again.

  • Rayna
    2019-04-07 01:53

    I recently stated to a friend that I had serious reservations about reading a Chuck Palahniuk novel. I, like many, do not like to be typecast into certain roles. Due to my age, interests, and lets just admit it, "quirks," I am a perfect candidate for membership in the Chuck Palahniuk fan club. Yet, for the majority of my adult life thus far I have been fighting the urge to, "drink the kool-aid," my scenester peers seem to enjoy so much. How very scenester of me, right? I mean come on, I gave the first, "Twilight," installment a chance. While this is not a good arguement to support ANYTHING it was convincing enough for me to try, "Chuck P."This being said, I really enjoyed the novel, "Lullaby." Serve me some of that kool-aid cause it is tasty! In short, this novel introduces a reader to the concept of a, "culling song." A chant that when spoken is lethal to whoever is listening. The plot revolves around a circle of amusing quirky characters, all fighting for power over this supernatural anomaly. I found the majority of this book to be extremely entertaining. "Lullaby," was the perfect representation of outlandish human behavior, brought on by great supernatural power. What's the line, "absolute power corrupts absolutely?"In truth, the only complaint I had regarding, "Lullaby," was I found Chuck Palahniuk's writing a little, "preachy," at times. As you may guess, this book brought up a "myriad" of ethical questions. As a reader, I found Chuck Palahniuk repeatedly drilling them into my brain. In my opinion, if a reader is not aware enough to identify these questions for themselves, a Chuck Palahniuk book is probably dangerous in their hands.All this being said, you will most likely find me in the future "slugging" down a latte, blasting the latest Interpol album, with a Chuck Palahniuk book in my hand.

  • R.R. López
    2019-03-23 04:55

    Cortita, se lee bien, impactante, como lo que he leído/visto de Palahniuk, pero no está a la altura de Fantasmas.No es que sea peor, es que es distinto. Se nota que este libro fue una catarsis: lo escribió cuando el asesino de su padre se salvó de la pena de muerte por un tecnicismo legal.El libro gira en torno a ese tema, la muerte, la violencia, el poder para matar a otros, la necrofilia, el fin de las civilizaciones, la muerte de todas las cosas.Y todo esto sin que resulte escabroso, pero sí impactante y, a ratos, divertido.En algunas partes un poco lento y repetitivo, pero es tan cortito que no afecta al conjunto.Una lectura muy recomendable.