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Snuff by [Chuck Palahniuk]
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Editorial Reviews

From Bookmarks Magazine

Palahniuk has followed his tendency towards sensationalism to its logical conclusion and written a novel about a pornographic film, to mixed reactions. Naysayers wrote that Snuff either failed in its satirical role or, worse, Palahniuk has simply run out of ideas and only wants to make readers cringe. Yet other reviewers felt that, as in previous novels, Palahniuk’s strong, character-driven explorations of the unseemly actually reveal a great deal about our society. Certainly, he riffs cleverly on Cassie’s cinematic history (“Gropes of Wrath,” for example). But Palahniuk’s play on movies and literature in the context of this novel perhaps points to an important question raised by the New York Times Book Review: “What the hell is going on? The country that produced Melville, Twain and James now venerates King, Crichton, Grisham, Sebold and Palahniuk.”
Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

From Booklist

Palahniuk has made a career out of exploring alienation and depicting sex addicts, suicides, serial killers, and suffering artists. So it’s not surprising to learn that his new novel is set in the sad world of sex cinema. Aging porn legend Cassie Wright is making one last film, a record-setting gang bang in which she will copulate with 600 men. But, as the title foreshadows, the grotesque simulation of love will prove fatal—for someone. As with Rant (2007), Palahniuk employs an oral-history format, with the story recollected by three men—Messrs. 72, 137, and 600—and Ms. Wright’s handler, Sheila. (These passages are obviously very explicit, and not only does the porn not look pretty, the Palahniukian prose may cause readers’ interest in all sex to flag for a while.) While Palahniuk’s strengths—acerbic humor and bold ideas—are present here, his weaknesses are, too: indistinct voices and characterizations, repetitiveness, and research that’s not integrated but quoted from one character to another. That said, he’s an original, and there is something heady about the risks he takes as a writer. But, ultimately, his ideas are more interesting than his writing—some readers are bound to ask why they’re hanging around someone who keeps beating them up. --Keir Graff --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

Product details

  • ASIN : B0010SEMGY
  • Publisher : Anchor; 1st edition (May 20, 2008)
  • Publication date : May 20, 2008
  • Language : English
  • File size : 2621 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 208 pages
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551 ratings

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A L H
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book - not for the easily offended/faint hearted though.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 20, 2013
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Kristopher Cook
3.0 out of 5 stars ‘Porn ... is a job you only take after you abandon all hope.’
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 20, 2018
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Mr. B. L. Thompson
3.0 out of 5 stars pretty good short story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 5, 2020
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Marc Munier
2.0 out of 5 stars On this occasion - judge a book by its cover.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 28, 2009
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Chris89
5.0 out of 5 stars Decent read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 17, 2021
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