Flug 2039

ISBN: 3442541670
ISBN 13: 9783442541676
By: Chuck Palahniuk

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In 39.000 Fuß Flughöhe diktiert Tender Brenson seine Lebensgeschichte der Black Box eines Flugzeugs. Bis zu diesem Moment schien Brenson ein normales Leben zu führen. Tagsüber arbeitete er als Hausdiener, nachts übte er sich in telefonischer Seelsorge. Doch Brenson hat ein ganz besonderes Schicksal: Er ist der letzte Überlebende einer strenggläubigen, kultischen Gemeinde, deren Anhänger alle auf merkwürdige Art gestorben sind. Und auch Brensons Stunden sind gezählt, denn über den australischen Outbacks wird das Kerosin des Fluges 2039 verbraucht sein ...

Reader's Thoughts

Patrick Gibson

What would you do if you worked as a gardener for a wealthy couple who are mastication-challenged and you’ve landscaped their yard with plastic flowers stolen from a giant mausoleum where you’ve just met a girl, who’s brother you may have killed, and thinks your ugly but can predict horrifying disasters while your therapist slowly obsesses over tile grout, and you are the sole surviving member of a religious cult whose doctrine commands you to commit suicide?You would hijack a plane (flight 2039), make everyone get off, resume until it runs out of gas and crashes in the middle of Australia (why not?). To break the tedium guaranteed to occur prior to a fiery crash you could dictate your memoir into the flight desk recorder (again, why not?).Along the way you realize:“…that people take drugs because it’s the only real personal adventure left to them in their time-constrained, law-and-order, property-lined world. It’s only in drugs or death we’ll see anything new, and death is just too controlling.”When asked where you might see yourself in five years you could answer: “I see myself dead and in hell. I figured I’d spend my first thousand years in some entry-level position, but after that I want to move into management. Be a real team player. Hell is going to see enormous growth in market share over the next millennium. I want to ride the crest.”But, if you change your mind “I’d backslide before, I’d backslide again. Practice makes perfect. If you could call it that. I figured, a few more sins would help round out my resume. This is the upside of already being eternally damned. I figured hell could wait.”Palahniuk skewers just about everything. And then comes up with more. His writing is visceral, sardonic and part gobbledygook at the same time. He is the Tom Robbins of this century but with a much darker sense of the absurd. And a much better command of the obscene. It’s quite wonderful in its own demonic way.Not for the faint of heart – but then again, his writing is ‘age appropriate.’

M. Baran

palahniuk’u türkiye’de pek çok kişiyle tanıştıran ve bir anlamda “moda yapan” kitabı fight club’dır elbette. sıradan, popülist ve klişe edebiyattan sıkılan kitap okurları palahniuk’a adeta “saldırmış” ve genel algıların dışına çıkan tarzına; sert üslubuna hayran kalmış.ancak, en az fight club kadar sistem karşıtı, ve en az onun kadar sarsıcı bir romanı daha var: gösteri peygamberi.dünyadan yalıtılmış, belli bir algı çerçevesinden hiç çıkmamış aslında tamamen “sıradan” olan birey, korkunç tüketim toplumu içinde bir metaya dönüşmeye başlıyor. ünleniyor, ünü yükseldikçe insanlar onun üzerine daha fazla gidiyor. üzerindeki gizem, popülaritesini artırdıkça artırıyor.sonunda, kas geliştirici destekler, makyaj, ilaçlar, aminoasitler, takviyeler vs derken aslında çift taraflı bir bağımlılık başlıyor. kahramanımız da tüketim toplumuna bağımlı hale geliyor.palahniuk, bizi bu “zavallı” ünlünün dramı ile başbaşa bırakıyor.tüketim toplumunun karanlık yönlerini tüm çıplaklığıyla önümüze seren yazar; kitabına hayata dair pek çok ilginç bilgiyi de yazmadan duramamış. aynı şeyi fight club, choke gibi romanlarında da görüyoruz. palahniuk bunu seviyor, örneğin karides nasıl pişirilir, halıdaki kan lekesi nasıl temizlenir gibi gündelik bilgilerin yanı sıra; napalm nasıl yapılıra kadar pek çok şeyi kitabının orasına burasına sıkıştırıyor. elbette “akıcılığından” ödün vermese de, kimi okurlar bu “öğretici” üslubun rahatsızlığını çekiyor. bazı insanlar bunu bir tür bilgi gösterisi veya öğretmenlik küstahlığı olarak görebiliyor. ben böyle düşünmüyorum, bana göre palahniuk’un tarzı zaten “başka insanlar ne düşünür” üzerinden gitmiyor. o akıcılığından ödün verseydi bile bunu yapardı.kitabın pek çok şeyi birden eleştiriyor olması onun bir başka başarısı. tüketim toplumu içinde hızla yükselen masum ve zavallı bireyin üzerinden aynı zamanda ona korkunç bir savunmasızlık ve saflık veren “kapalı mezhep toplumu” da eleştiriliyor. çocukken cinsellik hakkında verilen yanlış bilgiler, onu korumak için yapılmış olsa da onu korkunç bir savunmasızlığa itiyor. bu bana, köyden kente göçen masum genç kızların güzellik, moda sektörü içinde harcanmasını hatırlatıyor.kitapta bahsedilen tarikatın ilginç bir ilkesi var, bu da dış dünyaya kapalılık. her tür teknolojik aletten, dış dünyadan gelebilecek veriden uzak durmaya çalışıyorlar. bunda bir “düzen bozulmasın” dan çok fazlası var, bu adeta dinin kendisi haline gelmiş. tabi, satır aralarına gizlediği şöyle bir cümle ile bunun tüm dinlere karşı olduğunu anlayabilirsiniz: “kitab-ı mukaddeste insanlar sürekli bir yerlere kaçıp dururlar”. evet, din; bir kaçıştır. ama iki ucu uçurum olan bir süreç; palahniuk’un kafasındaki din-medya ikilemi. bir ucunda çılgın tüketim toplumu var; diğer ucunda ise kaçan ve dünyaya kendini kapayan asketik bir sefalet. palahniuk, bize doğru yolu göstermiyor. bize yol olmadığını gösteriyor, bu nietzsche’nin şu sözünü yankılatıyor:“bana yol soranlara şöyle dedim,yol mu? yol diye bir şey yoktur…”(Mehmet Baran)

Fewlas

Quanto dolore serve per diventare dolore dipendenti? Per non riuscire più a farne a meno? Mi chiedo se questa corsa non sia soltanto una messa in scena che copre un’altra messa in scena che copre un’altra messa in scena che copre un’altra messa in scena che copre un’altra messa in scena che copre un problema.Il mondo intero è un disastro che aspetta di accadere.Quanto dolore serve per accumulare la quantità di massa inerziale necessaria all’attesa del disastro?

Eric Althoff

You know him best as the father of "Fight Club," that fiendishly nihilistic modern tale of materialism and machismo run awry. "Survivor" is a different take on almost the same theme, a fractured look at contemporary living as seen through the twisted prism of a not-too-innocent.The narrator begins by telling us that he has hijacked a plane and that he will run out of fuel in so many hours. In that time, he will tell us (and the flight recorder) the tale of how he got to where he is. So then, in retrospect, the narrator relates of having grown up in a religious cult to be a perfect servant to the wealthy people of the outside world, learning everything there is to know about how many folds to place in a napkin and which dinner forks to set out and what products will remove which type of stain. Through bizarre circumstances, his home phone number is repeatedly mixed up with a suicide-prevention hotline. Finally, he gets fed up and tells one tortured man to do himself in. It is not long before the self-murdered man's sister begins circulating in his world. The narrator soon learns that she is a psychic and has a knack for predicting great disasters. Through plot twists each more fiendish than the last, soon the narrator winds up a pop celebrity, tapping into the woman's precognition powers to become a modern-day Nostradamus. The darker sides of capitalism and celebrity soon rear their ugly heads and a mysterious stranger is tracking him down, perhaps to kill him. To add even more tension, the page numbers count down rather than up, just as the narrator's fuel is running out.Like "Fight Club" (unread by me), "Survivor" turns on its ideas more so than its plotting. It is a fierce critique of the cult of celebrity, unfettered materialism, and the emptiness of modern living. It is as nihilistic as "Fight Club" in that no one is getting off easy; and there will be no happy endings.On that note, "Survivor" loses that potential fourth star for the frustrating ending. I demand neither happy nor sad endings, and ambiguous endings can be transcendent and subversive (remember "The Sopranos"?) but "Survivor" just...ends. No apologies from the author and no explanations. I wish he had written just two more pages but I suppose his point is not the story, but the style and the message. Still...

Stu - (Sequere me in tenebras)

"Pacy, inventive, often funny, dark, disturbing and plain weird! Welcome to the mind of Chuck Palancuick" Testing, testing, one, two, threeAre you reading this?Testing, testing, one, two, threeIs this thing on?Testing, testing, one, two, threeYes Chuck, I get that you like writing a lot of that literacy term, called, drama of sensibility. Maybe it's time to look at using something different. Survivor makes Fight Club look like a mild experience when leading towards the angst spewing forth from the authors mind. Pessimistic is the word I'd use. Half glass full sort-of-guy? No, more like empty glass sort-of-guy. So, say hello to Tender Branson, our narrator and crazy-guy ex-cultist and now a handy man/chef, who is (soon to be) the last survivor of a religious suicide cult. The opening starts with Tender narrating how he hijacked a Boeing 747 and then leads on to how he found himself in that situation. Why's he hijacked a plane? He wants to go out in a blaze of glory (que Bon Jovi, thanks). While yapping into the recording blackbox, he tells the reader about his experience within the Creedish Cult, which is overlapped with narrative from his life outside the cult - that working for a rich-to-do couple and his past-time hobby - picking up the phone and giving those in need advice... to kill themselves. Life is dull, the world isn't kind, so why bother? Here's the empty glass sort-of-guy metaphor. Even when stardom hits, he is still the death-wishing, dull, pessimistic persona that begins to grate in the prose later. I did enjoy how Tender's stream of consciousness unravelled throughout the narrative. What I didn't, was how depressing the read was. I was feeling like I needed to shower after reading or grabbing something alcoholic to sedate myself. I was soaked in irony.The writing style is just lax, informal, yes, lax to the point of being sketchy. At times I was having difficulty piecing together what was being said, especially between Tender and Fertility (great name). Their dialogue, at times, made absolutely no sense at time. It was in affect wordplay, that is all. Overlapping themes are placed to both confuse and entice the reader to piece together what the hell is going on. Very clever. We've got themes of religion, fame, pornography, sex, philosophy of life, drug abuse, how to eat and lobster and how to keep to your daily planner. Brilliant. There are some strong comparison to Fight Club the social dissolution one man has against society, yes. Homemade recipes and self tips on how to remove stains too how to make bombs and chemical weapons, yes. One man's narrative with so many twists and turns, involving ambiguous characters and towards the end, leading to death, yes. Why change it if it isn't broken? Well, it's just lazy writing to rehash something over and over again. Take note. Good read, just a little on the 'read it, skip it' sort-of-thing.We're all living within this fake plastic hotbed of social dissatisfaction - celebrities rule and we feed them. Welcome to planet Earth.

Maria Grazia

L'idea è veramente interessate: prendete l'unico sopravvissuto di uno degli strani culti suicidi che prosperano in America, e trasformatelo nel testimonial totale, nel guru totale, nella vittima totale, dategli come compagna una donna dotata della preveggenza e come nemesi un fratello pazzo, e fate si che gli impulsi suicidi inculcategli nella sua chiesa finiscano finalmente per andare a compimento tramite uno spettacolare dirottamento aereo che terminerà solo con lo schianto al suolo dell'aereo stesso, che conserverà molto opportunamente nei suoi visceri una scatola nera in cui sarà contenuta la confessione-autobiografia del sopravvissuto.Dicevo, prendete questi ingredienti e mescolateli con la tipica prosa di Palahniuk, solo che questa volta l'alchimia funziona meno bene del solito, e il libro in alcune parti è così eccessivo e autoreferenziale da risultare addirittura noioso.Solo per cultori del mitico Chuck.

Nancy Oakes

There's some terrible things talked about in this book, but god help me, I couldn't help but laugh. Survivor is the story of Tender Branson, who, when we first meet him, is on an airplane minus passengers and pilot, the former having been deplaned shortly after takeoff and the latter having parachuted after giving tips to Branson about how to keep the plane in the air after the pilot jumps, the amount of time before all four engines flame out, etc. Branson is the sole occupant of the plane, and is now telling his true life story to the airplane's black box which will survive the inevitable plane crash. He wants to get it clear right away that he is no murderer; getting from the beginning to the end when he finally reveals the reasons behind clearing his name is the journey the reader makes through the novel.And what a story it is. Prior to sitting in the cockpit, Branson's adult life was one as a "full-time drudge," and part-time god." His day job was slaving away at housecleaning for wealthy employers, guided by a day planner, so that at any given hour of his workday, he and his employers know what he's doing. He's interrupted periodically by calls from his boss, who asks him questions about such topics as how to eat lobster correctly at an upcoming dinner, which forks to use, that sort of thing. Tender Branson is a whiz at home economics; he spent his life being schooled in running the perfect home. He is also, as we discover shortly after meeting him, a member of the federal Survivor Retention Program, which affords him a caseworker with whom he meets each week, a tiny apartment with a shared hallway bathroom, free government cheese and a bus pass. Branson grew up in the Nebraska church district colony of the Creedish; at age 17 he was baptized and sent out as a labor missionary. This was the common practice of the Creedish; all boys but the first-born sons (all named Adam) went out into the world to work and shared the name of Tender. The girls who were not chosen as wives for the first-born sons went out to work as well, sharing the name of Biddy. Back home, the Adams and their wives had children, children and more children, and the children spent their lives learning a particular trade. There were rules for living on the outside, though -- no dancing, no listening to broadcast media, and the biggest one of all was this one: "If the members of the church district colony felt summoned by God, rejoice. When the apocalypse was imminent, celebrate, and all Creedish must deliver themselves unto God, amen." While Tender Branson is cleaning grout and getting bloodstains out of leather, the word comes that the Creedish in Nebraska have been delivered; he is taken into the Survival Retention program so that he doesn't off himself. There are rashes of suicides among the survivors, and at some point, Tender becomes the only surviving member of the cult (well, as far as the authorities know), and thanks to a savvy agent whose job it is to make cult suicide look "fresh and exciting every time around," is turned into a new messiah for the people.As Tender's lifestory is recorded for posterity, the author takes potshots at different facets of American culture that blend into Tender's experience. For example, while being refitted as a "new guru" for people who need to "make sense of their risk-free boredom of a lifestyle," he climbs the "stairmaster to heaven," and is wardrobed, told what to say, and pumped full of botox, steroids, drugs etc in order to make him media perfect. As his agent tells him, "Nobody wants to worship you if you have the same problems, the same bad breath and messy hair and hangnails as a regular person." Sitting in the cockpit, Branson reflects that "Reality means you live until you die...The real truth is nobody wants reality."There are also riffs on diagnosing yourself via the DSM with the disorders of the day, things people pray for here combined into his "Book of Very Common Prayer," people being so busy with working and making money that they don't have time to enjoy their gardens, but one of the biggest ideas that comes out of this story is based on how to find salvation in the face of boredom that comes from sameness and having no control over your own life.As I said earlier, it's not all funny, because there are some pretty tragic things described in here, but I defy anyone not to laugh while reading this book. Fantastic novel -- if you haven't read it, go and get yourself a copy soon. I love Chuck Palahniuk because he's such a great satirist, expressing questions about life in terms everyone can understand and recognize. Another one not to be missed.

Matt

chuck palahniuk will mess you up. he messed me up. 'fight club' put chuck on the map, but in my opinion, 'survivor' is where he really earned his paycheck. as others have mentioned, the book starts on page 247 or so and goes backwards to page 1. a simple, but clever gimmick that made me buy the book in the first place. and since the novel's protagonist, if we can call him that, is on a doomed airplane, the page numbering is highly appropriate. palahniuk expertly traces one man's rise to fame. tender branson is the sole survivor of 'the creedish cult' who decide to stage their own johnstown massacre. consequently he becomes something of a media darling, everyone wanting a piece of the action. palahniuk illustrates just how really susceptible we americans are to clever marketing and the completely ridiculous idea of celebrity. what, exactly, is our fascination with 'celebrities' and hollywood types? i started thinking about the ridiculous number of tv shows dedicated to following celebrities: et, access hollywood, celebrity justice, etc, etc, etc, and not to mention an entire tv channel (E!) devoted to a shoving unrealistic hopes, dreams, and ideals down the throats of the every day, average american who has no hopes of ever achieving 'the hollywood life.' i'm pretty sure hollywood is ruining america. i think palahniuk's masterstroke, however, is showing us tender branson's 'book of prayer.' it's a sorry commentary on the state of christianity in america. so-called 'christians' who actually try to sell prayers. unreal. (and this from a VERY christian individual) it wouldn't be as funny if it weren't true. he shows our proclivity to bandwagon, to flock to 'the new thing' simply because it's 'the new thing,' regardless of it's actual value or merit. chuck palahniuk isn't for the faint of heart. like i said, he'll mess you up. this book stayed with me for weeks after reading it. it'll do the same for you. but i don't think that's necessarily a bad thing. a biting commentary on contemporary american culture.

Zachary Schwartz

My first Palahniuk book and what a ride it was! A high tempo story with commentary on fame, celebrity, and religious theater.

Denise

Strange, intriguing at first, but ended with disappointment. Tender Branson is a veritable oddball, with more against him than the average person. I liked him up until a point in the novel where he ceased to think for himself. After that the book became unbearable, and a struggle to read. What started out creative, interesting, amusing, and with a bunch of mental "oh really"s, ended somehow in dejection. Which is odd, because the ending is quite amusing at parts. It is different in that when you read the first page of the book, you could be reading the last, as the book starts and ends in the present, and most of everything in between tells you how he got to his present situation. Never has the word survivor meant so little.

Kristen

** spoiler alert ** *******THERE ARE SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW!!!**********I have been told by SO MANY PEOPLE to read books by Chuck Palahniuk! I do enjoy the twisted irony in writings such as Kurt Vonnegut, and other similar authors, so I came to this book WANTING to LOVE it...and it "fell" flat.What I disliked in the book was the complete disregard for reality/common sense, when convenient, or necessary for plot. Now, I know it's fiction, but if you are going to write in a realistic style, then you can't just have someone hijack a plane in a book (before he's even ON the plane...as if the security would actually let Tender board the plane...he would have been shot dead on the spot in real life!)and get away with it, or have a formerly devoted religious cult member become a mass murderer, then suddenly lack the balls to shoot his own brother. If Adam was really this embittered killer, he would have been able to blow away Tender with no problem... and Fertility as well. And Fertility...how can she pretend she's a surrogate mother, but really be barron? How would she keep getting clients?? It's nagging questions like this that truly kept me from enjoying the book.Sure, the shock factor was there, and sometimes it was more than predictable (I'm sorry, but I KNEW that lobster was gonna be alive!!). Survivor was definitely an entertaining read, but it didn't have this lasting affect on me, as it did for many of my friends.I am an artist/visual person, I can really get into Palahniuk's imagery. That was totally his saving grace in this book. The flowers, the lips and the gun, the porn, the statue of Tender, the telephone...all of these images were really striking and I can see why this book is being used for a movie. It will be as good as Fight Club, I predict. Strong imagery sticks in your subconscious and if this book is lasting for me in any way, it's several scenes that I can see as perfectly as a picture or a film real.But honestly, I think he's overrated. That's just my opinion. I'm debating whether or not I want to go into another book of his. I feel that I will know what to expect,and find the same characters, slightly altered...with a different name, maybe a hat, but the same critical flaws. At least Kurt Vonnegut had some original concepts in his books!!

Heather

Palahnuik has a formula to his story-writing, and it's becoming more and more clear that every work becomes less and less impressive upon further examination. Every main character seems plagued by the same sense of nihilism and self-defeat like his Fight club protagonist, as well as the same delivery of speech, and thought patterns. So. After reading about 3 books in a row with this consistent formula, I was about ready to abandon my faith in him.But. Then I read this book, and what a fresh breath of air it was. Yes, it applied the formula. Yes, it had the same nihilistic, disenchanted, one-dimensional main character, but it also didn't try to surprise me with the ending like most of his books usually do. (i.e. 'Lullaby', 'Diary', and 'Choke')I truly believe that because of this, the novel was saved from being a duplicate, boring disaster. This book was compelling, albeit slow to start. You really won't feel interested until probably half-way through. But it's well worth the wait. If there's two books you read from this author, I would suggest 'Fight Club', and 'Survivor'. In that order.

Theresa Flores

4.5 stars. Definitely one of my top 3 favorite Palahniuk novels. Survivor is about Tender Branson, the last known survivor of the Creedish Death Cult. With only a few hours left before his plane crashes off somewhere in Australia, Tender Branson is now recording his life story into the flight recorder box of Flight 2039.What I loved most about this novel is definitely the movement of the entire story from start to finish. A Chuck Palahniuk novel is like one big cake with an intricate design--with the mind-blowing twist in the end being the "icing on top", or rather, the firecracker that makes the entire cake explode. Am I making sense? Hahaha. Also, I loved Creedish Death Cult part of the plot-- it was creepy but amazing, and it fitted the novel perfectly.As always, the different characters in the novel were very gripping. Tender Branson's character was perfectly messed up and peculiar. Fertility, the character in the novel that had the ability to see certain events in the future, was just hilarious. I enjoyed their strange and destructive sort-of relationship. A Chuck Palahniuk must-read!

Souvik

A typical Palahniuk roller coaster, 'Survivor' once again leaves you disarmed, perplexed and full of questions. It will transport you into a world which is too unreal to believe and too real for comfort. Only Chuck can come up with such stories. And after reading five of his books, I now realize what makes him so unique; it's not so much his vocabulary or diction or structure, but his uncanny ability to so vividly sketch the universal and basic principles of life through his protagonists.

Mikehd1

One of my favourite books - Survivor joins1984 and a Clockwork Orange. If you enjoy twisted characters and damning analysis of modern society, religion, and the eternal quest for physical and mental perfection, and pop-culture TV messiahs you will enjoy Survivor. Along with lots of humour.I am going to read all of Chuck's books .I think Choke will be next.

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