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Praise for Damned:
"As gleefully, vividly, hilariously obscene as you'd expect. . . . Irreverent and hugely entertaining." —NPR
"Brilliant. . . . Palahniuk's descriptions of hell are inspired, crafted with great comic flair. . . . A winning and funny book." —The Washington Post
"Hilarious. . . . The Judy Blume book from hell, just as Mr. Palahniuk intended." —The New York Times
"When it comes to drawing up a vision of hell, there are few American writers better suited to the job than Chuck Palahniuk." —Los Angeles Times
"Damned is gross, sick, nasty, silly, all the things you want from the merry madman of American letters, Chuck Palahniuk. How can you not be instantly transfixed by an opening like this?: 'Are you there, Satan? It's me, Madison. I'm just now arrived here, in Hell, but it's not my fault except for maybe dying from an overdose of marijuana.' And so begins the kind of goofy, but hypnotically endearing tale of a 13-year-old girl who, completely lost in life, finally starts to discover herself in Palahniuk's demented version of the afterlife....With Damned, [he] opens the fire hose to full bore again, stripping away the veneer on American society and showing us the yucky parts we don't want to see."—Chris Talbot, AP
"[T]horoughly original...satiric and horrifying, enough so you'll want to repent after you read."—Christian DuChateau, CNN
"Some Fight Club trademarks--youthful disaffection, violence, gross-out humor, a dystopic setting, cultural satire as an extreme sport, a decent helping of third-act pathos--can be seen in...Damned. Even prepubescent Madison Spencer, the protagonist of Damned, has traits that could be seen as Tyler Durden-esque. She's disaffected from society (i.e., those still alive), she kicks serious butt and is a cultural critic who becomes an unlikely leader....It's hard to pitch the broadly satirical Damned as a useful replacement narrative of life after death, but it's a rollicking adventure of Swiftian proportions, a Valleyfair of the Underworld that, incidentally, shows an overweight teenage girl bringing Satan himself down a peg."—Claude Peck, Minneapolis Star-Tribune
"Damned is typical of Palahniuk's work: a scathing satire that is unfiltered, caustic and smart....[His] descriptions of hell are priceless."—Rege Behe, Pittsburgh Tribune Review
"Even just its first few chapters reveal several layers of satiric humor, social commentary, Grand Guignol violence and heartbreaking insight....The narrator's blend of snark, precocious wit and unconcealed vulnerability and need is a combination as refreshing as the book is hard to put down."—Bill O'Driscoll, Pittsburgh City Paper
I wouldn't call myself a die-hard Chuck Palahniuk fan seeing that DAMNED is just my third book to read by the author.
Even as the I neared the end of the story, I found myself caring less and less about the twists that were presented simply because the characters had no depth.
I felt like there was maybe a 20-page short story in this book and you didn't have any more than that so you just filled in the pages with meaningless words.
I would recommend it for the open minded. It can be funny and it can be graphic. Makes a trip to Hell pretty tempting.Published 1 day ago by M. White
spends a lot of time developing this idea of he'll and very little time on an actual story. I also hated the ending.Published 2 days ago by JONATHAN P OWENS
Great take on a Classic Judy Blume book.....funny twist from the mind of Palahniuk.
Characterization is pretty good, plot good, but the writing is not as minimalistic as... Read more
I'm having a hard time with this book. Frankly, I put it aside some weeks ago with the intent to return to it at some point for another go. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Emmalini
I forced myself through most of the book, hoping Chuck would find a way to redeem what seems for the most part to be the useless musings of a completely unrelatable main character. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book is rather trivial and immature. Although I find his view of Hell rather amusing and creative. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Ash
Chuck P is a genius. I'm only halfway through the book and I can't get enough.Published 22 days ago by Hersheysspace
Once the novelty of the setting wore off, this book really just devolved into stupidity. It was a complete waste of time. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Melanie Z.