“Begins here first account of operative me, agent number 67 on
arrival midwestern American airport greater _____ area. Flight _____.
Date _____. Priority mission top success to complete. Code name:
Operation Havoc.” Thus speaks Pygmy, one of a handful of
young adults from a totalitarian state sent to the United States,
disguised as exchange students, to live with typical American families
and blend in, all the while planning an unspecified act of massive
terrorism. Palahniuk depicts Midwestern life through the eyes of this
thoroughly indoctrinated little killer, who hates us with a passion, in
this cunning double-edged satire of an American xenophobia that might,
in fact, be completely justified.
For Pygmy and his fellow operatives
are cooking up something big, something truly awful, that will bring
this big dumb country and its fat dumb inhabitants to their knees.It's a comedy.
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