Wednesday, August 18, 2010

fifty-five

Invisible Monsters

Invisible Monsters was Chuck Palahniuk's first real novel, though it didn't get published until Fight Club and Survivor were out. It truly is his style, and his exploration of voyeurism, gender, and vanity is bracing. You can also see his literary path from this, through Fight Club, Survivor, Choke, Lullabye, Diary, Haunted, Rant, and probably the rest that I haven't read yet. I can definitely see how the publishers weren't interested. Apparently they're fine with violence and anarchism, but gender issues and mutilation - that's too much. Awesome, gripping story that picks you up, drops you, picks you up again, drags you a bit, and then deposits you behind the hazy lines of the traditional Palahniuk mind-warp. Definitely recommended, and more than just "Fight Club for models."


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