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Encyclopedia > Rant (novel)
Title Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey

First edition cover (wraparound view)
Author Chuck Palahniuk
Cover artist Jacket design: Rodrigo Corral
Jacket illustration: Jacob Magraw-Mickelson
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Novel, satire
Publisher Doubleday
Released May 1, 2007
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 319 pp (first edition, hardcover)
ISBN ISBN 978-0-385-51787-4 (first edition, hardcover)

Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey is a novel by Chuck Palahniuk released on May 1, 2007.[1] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Charles Michael Chuck Palahniuk (IPA: )[1] (born February 21, 1962) is an American satirical novelist and freelance journalist born in Pasco, Washington. ... In political geography and international politics a country is a geographical entity, a territory, most commonly associated with the notions of state or nation. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative, typically in prose. ... 1867 edition of the satirical magazine Punch, a British satirical magazine, ground-breaking on popular literature satire. ... A publisher is a person or entity which engages in the act of publishing. ... It has been suggested that The Crime Club be merged into this article or section. ... May 1 is the 121st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (122nd in leap years). ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The barcode of an ISBN . ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative, typically in prose. ... Charles Michael Chuck Palahniuk (IPA: )[1] (born February 21, 1962) is an American satirical novelist and freelance journalist born in Pasco, Washington. ... May 1 is the 121st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (122nd in leap years). ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


Rant differs from other Palahniuk novels in that it is told in the form of an oral biography. Many different characters except for the main character (Buster L. "Rant" Casey) present their perception of what happened, from the time of Rant's birth to his death and beyond. At times, the stories conflict, but bring together an overall understanding of the main story. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

Contents

Plot Summary

Rant takes places in a dystopian, overcrowded, over-populated world in which people are divided into "Daytimers" (who come out during the day) and "Nighttimers" (who come out at night).


Buster "Rant" Casey, the main character, was born in the rural town of "Middleton." As a child, he was indifferent to his parents and played pranks on his father, Chester "Chet" Casey. His mother, Irene Casey, has been married to Chet since she was thirteen.


Rant's nicknames are something to note: only his father called him Buster, and only his mother called him by another nickname of "Buddy." "Rant" was aquired after he replaced fake brains and other organs (cold macaroni brains, raw hamburger hearts, greased ping-pong ball eyes, etc.) with real ones. After this was realized, many people became sick and vomited. Folklore stemming from that day said that as anyone vomited, they would involuntarily shout "Rant!" It is explained in the book that to the date (the fictional date) of its writing, people in Middleton still used "Rant" as a slang for "to vomit." Furthermore, Irene was called "Reen" by Chet, and Rant called his parents only by "Mom" and "Dad." This continues the philosophy of objectivity throughout a book told from multiple points of view. Objectivity has several meanings: Objectivity (philosophy) Objectivity (journalism) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


Most of the book takes place when Rant moves to the city and follows around a select few people that are part of the "Party Crashing" scene. "Party Crashing" is the exclusively Nighttimer sport of a mixture of hunting and Destruction Derby. The game is controlled and overseen by an unknown entity (speculated by some in the book to be the government in an effort to keep Nighttimer rage as self-destructive), and there are a set of rules and regulations on how to play the otherwise Anarchic Game. The point of the game is to crash into other players who sport a "flag" and appear in the designated "window" (a time and place for the game to occur). Destruction Derby is a 1995 video game published by Psygnosis and developed by Reflections, the latter of which would later develop the successful Driver series. ...


After Rant's death from suicide by Party Crashing (which is viewed by millions on national television), the people being interviewed in the book go on to speculate whether or not Rant might actually be dead, among other things.


Future

During his "Rant 2007" tour, Palahniuk has indicated that he will continue to write two more books based on Rant, to be released tentatively in 2011 and 2013 but also stated that he will be writing other books in between, with his next to be titled Snuff. [2] 2011 (MMXI) will be a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... In an interview with Pine Magazine, Chuck Palahniuk said his next work, Snuff, will be released 2008. ...


References

  1. ^ Chuckpalahniuk.net. Retrieved July 12, 2006
  2. ^ "Interview with Chuck Palahniuk" by Dan Frazier. Pine Magazine (May 8, 2007). Retrieved on 2007-05-17.

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External links

  • Official Rant novel website

 
 

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