Lullaby

Lullaby

A Novel

Book - 2003
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Investigating Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, journalist Carl Streator finds the same anthology of poems and rhymes at each child's bedside. The book is always opened to a specific African chant--a culling song that kills when recited, whether silently or aloud. Suddenly, Carl's knowledge of the chant makes him an involuntary serial murderer and he must learn to control himself, then remove all copies of the book from libraries across the country.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2003
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed
ISBN: 9780385722193
0385722192
Branch Call Number: F PAL NVD
Characteristics: 260 p. ; 21 cm

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orphicfiddler
Aug 26, 2012

Though Palahniuk's become a bit repetitive at this point, I still think he's a very necessary writer. It may not be as good as Fight Club (or Invisible Monsters, or Choke, or Survivor . . . ), but Lullaby is still more creative than a lot of the books being published, and Palahniuk's cynicism always gives way to a certain sympathy I very much enjoy.

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mothersbam
Aug 18, 2012

Chuck Palahniuk likes to make social statements in his stories. This one is no different. This story addresses a couple different issues. The fact that no one knows what silence is. It is the radio blaring, neighbors watching tv, you watching tv, car horns, children playing, toys making noise, etc. Even when we aren't watching televisions, many of them are on for background noise.

This is a good story, but I have grown to expect more from Chuck Palahniuk. Probably my least favorite of his works. Not terrible, but just not to the standard I expect.

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uncommonreader
Jun 15, 2012

A reporter, investigating crib deaths, discovered an ancient African culling song that can kill just by thinking the song. The story is about the search for the book of spells. There are some humourous moments and some interesting comments on modern life, but the story is just too silly.

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mothersbam
Aug 18, 2012

"You ever wonder when God is coming back with lots of barbecue sauce?"

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mothersbam
Aug 18, 2012

"Either a species learns to control its own population or something like disease, famine, war will take care of the issue."

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Jul 20, 2010

From the back cover of the book:

Ever heard of a culling son? It's a lullaby sung in Africa to give a painless death to the old or infirm. The lyrics of a culling son kill, whether spoken or even just thought. You can find one on page 27 of [italics]Poems and Rhymes from Around the World[/italics], an anthology onthe shelves of libraries across the country. When reporter Carl Streator discovers that unsuspecting readers are reading the poem and accidentally killing their children, he begins a desperate cross-country quest to put the culling son to rest and save the nation from certain disaster. Written with style and imagination that could only come from Chuck Palahniuk, [italics]L:ullaby[/italics] is the latest outrage from one of our most exciting writers at work today.

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