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Invisible Monsters: A Novel Paperback – September 17, 1999
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Um, yeah. Anyway, the Hollywood vibe doesn't stop these comparisons. As with Fight Club and Survivor, the book is invested with a cinematic sweep, from the opening set piece, which takes off like a house afire (literally), to a host of filmic tics sprayed throughout the text: "Flash," "Jump back," "Jump way ahead," "Flash," "Flash," "Flash." You get the idea. It's as if Palahniuk didn't write the thing but yanked it directly out of the Cineplex of his mind's eye. Does it succeed? Mostly. Still working on measuring out the proper dosages of his many writerly talents (equal parts potent imagery, nihilistic coolspeak, and doped-out craziness), Palahniuk every now and then loosens his grip on the story line, which at points becomes as hard to decipher as your local pill addict's medicine cabinet. However Invisible Monsters works best on a roller-coaster level. You don't stop and count each slot on the track as you're going down the big hill. You throw up your hands and yell, "Whee!" --Bob Michaels
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In a zany prose reminiscent of Candace Bushnell's 'Sex In The City' and the surrealism of Bret Easton Ellis's works, Palahniuk has written a twisted and sick tale of disfigurement, love, hate, and fashion here in Invisible Monsters.
Shannon McFarland's career as a picture perfect model was ruined the day her lower jaw was shot off while she was driving down the freeway. Her best friend Evie Cottrell steals all her clothing while she is in the hospital, and her fiancé Manus Kelley leaves her; but during her speech therapy classes she meets the enigma that is Brandy Alexander.
Brandy befriends Shannon, and together with friend Seth Thomas they set off on a wild cross country tour, viewing high end estates up for sale and stealing all of the prescription drugs from them. But believe me when I say, nothing is as it seems in this crazy story. You are in for several very big surprises.
Invisible Monsters is a book that is not about the plot, it is about the characters, and yet there are twists upon twists upon twists every turn of the page. Who is Brandy Alexander? Who is Shannon McFarland? Who is Seth Thomas? And who is Evie Cottrell? You'll just have to keep reading. Like me, you will probably wind out not caring about any of them, but they are going to make you laugh out loud with their outrageous plans and antics.
You'll have tears running down your face when Shannon's parents (in a flashback scene before her disfigurement) give her nothing but condoms for Christmas because her brother died of AIDS.Read more ›
This book is about people who want to be someone else-anyone other than themselves. The narrator says upfront that this is not going to be a linear story. It will jump from here to there. And it does. It's a hodgepodge of fragments that you have to piece together. When you do so, what you see is twisted. A former beauty queen who had half of her face shot off, along with a transvestite who wants to be a beauty queen, and a not-so-by-the-book cop are on a road trip, visiting upscale homes during open houses, stealing drugs from the medicine cabinets, and selling them to kids on the street. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
If there's one thing for which Palahniuk will never be criticized, it's being predictable. Still, there's predictability to his chaos. He has a formula: pick a target (in this case the fashion world), scrounge together some psychopaths, come up with a twisted plot with a handful of shocking surprises, chop is up so it's out of chronological order, and invent a couple of writing devices to help tell the story. The only problem is, once you've seen one freak show, the next one isn't quite as freaky. Once you've met a few Palahniuk characters, the psychotic becomes commonplace. Once you've experienced one or two Palahniuk endings, the next one isn't as surprising. Once you get used to the style and devices, they start to wear on you.Read more ›
Palahniuk's Invisible Monsters is a wrenching, hilarious, nauseating, illuminating tour of the fashion world, transexuality, family, homosexuality, plastic surgery, prescription drug abuse, and love. On first pass, it might be mistaken for the deranged ramblings of an author on a horribly derailed psychedelic jaunt. One glitch with that hypothesis: Palahniuk knows that of which he speaks. His own life experiences, including volunteering with the homeless and with hospice, the brutal murder of his father in sordid circumstances, and his personal knowledge of not-heterosexual sex, give him authority to speak, and through Invisible Monsters, speak he does.Read more ›
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Interesting and well written novel, bought for a college class but ended up enjoying it more as a fun read rather than assigned work.Published 14 days ago by hongmeihu
// , This book worked, and Palahniuk's style shined, but I couldn't lose the sense that something was missing.Published 17 days ago by Sam Candle
This is one of my top three favorite books of all time. Chuck Palahniuk doesn't disappoint. There's a certain darkness to all of his books, and his characters always have a... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Jess
This is the 4th time I am buying this book because my friends keep borrowing it and never giving it back. They love it so much. I love it so much. This book is wonderful. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
I really like Chucks style of writing. Hes sort of weird and twisted and he brings you one journey with him while he tells his weird stories. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rebecca Frieri
Boring as hell and it doesn't make any sense I was so confused... Don't waste your moneyPublished 1 month ago by myra