Lullaby

Lullaby

Book - 2003
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Random House, Inc.
Ever heard of a culling song? It’s a lullaby sung in Africa to give a painless death to the old or infirm. The lyrics of a culling song kill, whether spoken or even just thought. You can find one on page 27 ofPoems and Rhymes from Around the World, an anthology that is sitting on the shelves of libraries across the country, waiting to be picked up by unsuspecting readers.

Reporter Carl Streator discovers the song’s lethal nature while researching Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and before he knows it, he’s reciting the poem to anyone who bothers him. As the body count rises, Streator glimpses the potential catastrophe if someone truly malicious finds out about the song. The only answer is to find and destroy every copy of the book in the country. Accompanied by a shady real-estate agent, her Wiccan assistant, and the assistant’s truly annoying ecoterrorist boyfriend, Streator begins a desperate cross-country quest to put the culling song to rest.

Written with a style and imagination that could only come from Chuck Palahniuk, Lullaby is the latest outrage from one of our most exciting writers at work today.

Baker & Taylor
Assigned to a story on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, fortyish journalist Carl Streator finds a poetry anthology that contains an African chant that becomes lethal when spoken or thought in someone's direction, is transformed into an involuntary serial killer, and embarks on a cross-country odyssey to destroy all copies of the book before humankind itself is destroyed. Reprint. 175,000 first printing.

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& Taylor

Assigned to a story on sudden infant death syndrome, journalist Carl Streator finds a poetry anthology that contains an African chant that becomes lethal when spoken or thought in someone's direction.

Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2003
New York : Doubleday, 2002
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385722193
Branch Call Number: FICTION PALAH...C

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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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