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Snuff Hardcover – May 20, 2008
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I'm the first to admit that Palahniuk is a one-trick pony, but let's face it, it's a pretty good trick. There are times where it has worn thin, and others where it has struck gold. Essentially, Chuck (may I call you Chuck?) takes a few premises, milks the gastric juices out of them, and tries to blend a cocktail with a little social or psychological merit.
SNUFF, a brisk biopsy of porn, has all the trademark Palahniuk panache, but very little of his elusive elan. Chuck's not what you would call very nice to most of his characters, but buried under vivid piles of meat and blood, they still have hearts, and souls, and yens. Chuck shows us their voids, and whether or not they fill them, somehow we still manage to care.
There are lots of voids in SNUFF, and they get filled in gruesome and graphic detail, but none of them are very much other than raw, pointless wounds. The story, about an aging porn star who wants to break records with a 600-man gang bang, grasps at a few emotional straws -- failed parents and failed dreams -- but never really holds on tightly enough for any of it to matter. It's very much a "going through the motions" installment.
The motions themselves are alright, I suppose, although some of them are bizarrely out of place.Read more ›
Someone is supposed to die as this event climaxes, and most of the folks know it, although their perceptions of the who, when and how don't quite match up. The plans go a bit off the rails, and everyone gets more or less what they deserve.
The main characters certainly have had enough of the world, with what they have made of it, with their fortunes having turned on single instances and bad choices, in this case almost all of them sexual. Most everyone is ragingly bitter and resentful, untrue and self-serving, bent on rectifying only their problems, regardless of effects on others. The story runs on damaged adults hurting others, intentionally and instinctively, out of selfishness and revenge, or even to manufacture a more compatible companion. It's about the need for fame, the need for redemption, the resentment of future lost, and the clawing need to retain one's perceived best position, all taking place in arena of porn, the "...job you only take after you abandon all hope."
This is not a novel about the sex industry, but there is some behind-the-scenes detail. Palahniuk's detailed portrait of the washed-up porn star Miss Cassie Wright is not as complete and detailed as I had anticipated. I don't know why, but every time I pictured her, a strange combination of Kitten Natividad and Lisa DeLeeuw came to mind. Ah, but I digress.Read more ›
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My name is Amy Aguilar and this book was a complete bad-ass read. Its gross and delightful at the same time, there are grotesque essences to it but it is definitely one of a kind. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kane
I've read almost everything by Chuck Palahniuk; this was modus operandi and on par with 'Guts,' 'Choke,' and 'Haunted. Read morePublished 4 months ago by ClemDubois
It is like all the other Palahniuk books! A great read with the crazy endings like he always has done so flawlessly.Published 6 months ago by Mrs.DiPiero
This book is super dark and very confusing, however in a good way.
Definitely worth a read if you like his messed-up style of writing.
Not his best, and twisted at times. But overall an interesting review.Published 8 months ago by Michael K.
Love anything by Chuck Palahnuik....this is another weird but entertaining story from him.Published 9 months ago by C. Stehman