Rant: The Oral Biography of Buster Casey

Another Amazing Guest Post by Senator Jesus...

Ask any person on the street and they will tell you how to travel through time. 80% of the suggestions will involve building some fancy machine out of a flux capacitor, some temporal something-or-other matrix, and a little elbow grease. However most of the suggestions require several PhDs and a very crazy hairdo, and most of us have neither the patience nor the hairspray.

Rant: The Oral Biography of Buster CaseyBut, lo and behold, here comes Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey, who tells us time travel- it’s simple. All you have to do is get rabies, strap something flammable to the roof of your car, and  crash it in a burning display of explosive glory.

Yeah. Simple.

Rant, in classic Chuck Palahniuk flair, is told in the form of an oral history,  gathering  testimonials from family, friends, teachers, and the like, to tell the story of Casey (Rant), a small-town country kid who is just like Jesus. If Jesus was a venom junkie who could tell what your last three meals were based on your bodily fluids. So yeah, 100% totally Jesus.

The first half of the story covers Rant’s boyish shenanigans, from his various rabies and venom filled encounters with spiders, coyotes, and all vermin in between, to his leadership of a school-wide revolt of boys using their puberty-inspired erections to get out of class. Using his special brand of charm, Rant skips out of school and heads into the big city.

Rant is classic Palahniuk, with oddball characters, an even odder plot, and best of all, the random assortment of facts and figures that make every book an extra-special learning experience. Did you know that around 14 people each year are admitted into hospitals for the bubonic plague, better known as the Black Death? Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey is one of those books with the inspirational message of ‘No matter how much life sucks, at least you weren’t stung to death by hundreds and hundreds of bees'.

Plus, you know, that time travel thing is pretty nifty.




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