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"Like most people, I didn't meet and talk to Rant Casey until after he was dead."
Wallace Boyer (☼ Car Salesman)

Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey is a novel by Chuck Palahniuk in the form of an oral biography. It covers the life and death of Buster Landru "Rant" Casey through a series of contradictory firsthand accounts, each of which usually mean at least three different things, most of which appear shallow, misinformed or even downright absurdist until The Reveal.


Contains examples of:

 Echo Lawrence: Consider the source. Maybe Shot Dunyun just wants to slip back in time without any competition.

Shot Dunyun: Bullshit.

  • The Plague: I think? Well, Rant spreads a rabies epidemic which renders boosting technology unusable. Also, having rabies lets you go back in time. Really.
    • There's a reason for that, as the Government apparently boosts a constant effect to everyone that prevents the state necessary for time travel. Without a working port, you're free.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: Rant ends up using all of the information given to him by Green Taylor Simms to stop him from raping his own mother.
  • Typhoid Mary: Rant contracts rabies and then causes an epidemic that inadvertently leads to a Zombie Apocalypse.
  • Urban Segregation: Sort of. The dichotomy is completely time-based (see Masquerade above) with the justification of enabling "effective use and maintenance of infrastructure". This is supposedly motivated by overpopulation, although Lynn Coffey views it as nothing more than systematic oppression.
  • Vomit Chain Reaction: How Rant got his nickname.
  • Where Are They Now? Epilogue: Echo Lawrence is notably absent from this.
  • You Already Changed the Past: The events in the book turn out to be the result of Rant failing to prevent Green Taylor Simms from raping and killing his mother. It is implied that the current reality is the result of all the time-traveling and all the events resolve to a universe where the novel is considered a work of fiction.
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