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The hyperactive love child of Page Six and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? caught in a tawdry love triangle with The Fan. Even Kitty Kelly will blush.

Soaked, nay, marinated in the world of vintage Hollywood, Tell-All is a Sunset Boulevard–inflected homage to Old Hollywood when Bette Davis and Joan Crawford ruled the roost; a veritable Tourette’s syndrome of rat-tat-tat na
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Hardcover, First Edition, 192 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Doubleday
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Greg
Jun 24, 2010 Greg rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
This guy wrote a review of this book that is wrong.

This is not a good novel. I don't even know where to start on it.

I imagine this conversation happening between CP and his editor:


CP: Did you get my new novel?

ED: Novel? I got your short story.

CP: Oh, you kidder. Seriously, what do you think?

ED: Chuck, you can't release this as a novel. It's 150 pages, but the plot only takes up about 15 of those pages. This is a short story.

CP: My fans are retards though, they will think it's edgy. I can do an
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Jacob
May 16, 2010 Jacob rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2010-2011
March 2010, before: What's this? A fictional biography of a real-life celebrity (Lillian Hellman), reimagining her as a larger-than-life/legendary character? And it's by Chuck Palahniuk? And it's the length of an average novel? Oh, my! What could go wrong?

Oh, hell, I think I just jinxed it.

May 2010, after: But wait! It’s really just a tired, by-the-numbers Palahniuk novel, starring a bunch of tired, by-the-numbers Stock Palahniuk Characters, and lazily disguised as The Ultimate Hollywood Novel
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Kemper
Jul 11, 2014 Kemper rated it liked it
Say what you will about Chuck Palahniuk, no one can claim that he’s scared of experimenting with different ways to tell a story.

In Rant, we got multiple character viewpoints as though they were reminiscences for a documentary. Haunted had a variety of characters telling fictional sort stories. Pygmy was written completely in the mutated broken English of the main character. And now in Tell-All Palahniuk is again playing with how the story is told. It’s like a hybrid between a screenplay and a go
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Peter Derk
May 28, 2010 Peter Derk rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
Okay, not my favorite Chuck Palahniuk book. I'm a pretty big fan, read ALL of his books and have seen him speak twice, which is a blast if you ever get the chance.

Like always, he delivers in terms of a quick read, some social commentary, and a little bit of humor thrown in the mix (see: anything attributed to Walter Winchell in this book).

That said, the story is so-so. The book really hits its stride about a hundred pages in, which is over halfway.

If you're going to read this book, here are som
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Mark
This book only has 179 pages and yet i see that 13 of my magnetic clips ( thank you waterstones) cling to, self-evidently, 13 of the pages. They normally serve to mark things that I find particularly insightful or dates and details to remember but in this case they mark, to a large extent, places in this short book in which i have gasped in a none too controlled way over something particularly outrageous but funny.

Do not fear gentle reader, I have no intention of quoting them all but they do poi
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Imogen
May 03, 2010 Imogen rated it it was ok
Sigh. Oh Chuck. You're just convinced that you've found the magic formula, and you can churn out a book every year or two indefinitely, aren't you? I mean, this isn't as bad as Pygmy, or even Snuff, but it's on the same level as them. Ugh. First, it is barely a book; if we acknowledge that every new chapter has half a blank page to mark it, this is like a 150-page book. Second, why is the repetetive verbal tick in this book (they are in all of your books, Chuck) some random three-animal-noise bl ...more
Caris
May 14, 2010 Caris rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
I hope it’s better than Snuff, I says as I hold the book at arm’s length, taking in its pretty cover.

Don’t be funny. You know it’ll be better than Snuff, it has to be. There’s no way Chucky P. could churn out such crap again. It isn’t possible.

I don’t know. It’s not starting out so well. I’m a bit worried. The text is kind of distracting with all of the bold print and the arbitrary barnyard animal noises.

Dude, just keep with it. You’ll get it eventually. You never understand his stuff right off
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Misha
May 31, 2010 Misha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novel, 2010
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Eric Hendrixson
What I like about CP is how he is willing to experiment with different ways of telling a story. Rant is an example of a successful experiment. Tell All is an example of an unsuccessful experiment.

One major problem with the book is voice. The first person protagonist is just not fun to read. It is possible to write unlikable people as good narrators, and CP has done it before; he did this especially well in Choke. In this case, the voice was annoying, grating, nearly unreadable for the first hal
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Tina Rae
Jan 17, 2011 Tina Rae rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Palanhiuk fans
Shelves: favorites
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Sonia
Sep 28, 2014 Sonia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Leyendo contraportadas, sinopsis y críticas, sospechaba que Chuck Palahniuk no iba a ser un autor de mi agrado pero tenía que probarlo. Por un lado porque, siendo tan popular, quizás me estaba perdiendo a un autor brillante y, por otro, porque me gustó la película El club de la lucha. Sin embargo Al desnudo ha confirmado mis sospechas y definitivamente no volveré a leer nada de este señor.

El libro me ha parecido tedioso en su estructura y narrativa y la escritura profundamente desagradable y can
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Brandon Tietz
May 11, 2010 Brandon Tietz rated it really liked it
You can think of this as a vintage Hollywood version of "Glamorama" by Bret Easton Ellis. It's a constant barrage of celebrity name-dropping (and in bold print, no less) with a slew of camera directions and editing room speak. Instead of Christian Bale we get Mickey Rooney. Kate Moss is replaced with women like Monroe, Garbo, and Joan Crawford. So if you enjoyed that aspect of machine gun pop-culture in "Glamorama," then "Tell All" delivers the same thing in a nostalgic, grainy reel.

As if to bui
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Bradley
Jun 11, 2011 Bradley rated it it was ok
Shelves: from-library
I added an extra star considering this isn't written in the same exact style of every other Palahniuk book prior to Rant with the exception of Snuff. This weakness of his was most prevalent in Haunted, which included great stories and the wonderful gimmick that each story was written by a different character who was each trapped in the writing retreat from hell. Unfortunately, every story was written in the same exact way and obviously by the same exact character: Chuck Palahniuk. It's really no ...more
Jason Pettus
Oct 05, 2010 Jason Pettus rated it did not like it
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

Less a finished novel and more a writing-workshop dare grown out of control, Chuck Palahniuk's latest is almost too slight to deserve a write-up at all, although I suppose I'll try: it's essentially a fake kiss-and-tell biography of a 20th-century Hollywood starlet as told by her longtime put-upon assistan
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Arvy
I am disappointed. Father Palahniuk, this is trash. You had me at Fight Club but this one is just depressing.

disappointment #1: The plot was good. But it wasn't good enough. Predictable and boring. Miss Kathie's shit-filled Hollywood life is engagingly exxxagerated andbutso bitch, I give zero fucks.

disappointment #2: The Tourette Syndrome of infinite name-dropping killed me. Jesus I swear, it felt like I was being fucked by a thousand merciless rabbits the whole motherfucking time (bdsm - submis
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Mariano Hortal
"Tell-all" de Chuck Palahniuk. El antiguamente transgresor Chuck se nos ha acomodado definitivamente en este nuevo estilo de novelas cortas, mucho más comedido que en anteriores. En definitiva aquí tenemos la historia de una estrella del cine de Hollywood en el ocaso de su carrera, una Liz Taylor al uso, con todo lo que rodea al cine y sobre todo sus "Was-bands" que constituyen todos los maridos que ha tenido, en una trama que se mete de lleno en la novela policíaca, por los intentos de su actua ...more
Jeff
May 13, 2010 Jeff rated it liked it
Chuck's new book follows in the overly stylized vein used in Pygmy and Rant. I have to admit that while I love Chuck, I wasn't crazy about either Pygmy or Rant. Luckily, the uber-stylization works for not against Tell-All. I found this send-up of Hollywood insider biographies to be very funny, exceedingly clever, and downright witty. Sure it was overly repetitive at some points, but it was a fun ride nonetheless.

I'm curious to see how Tell-All goes over with typical Chuck fans. As a bookseller,
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Emm ☿ Synklaire
May 17, 2016 Emm ☿ Synklaire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like experimental lit., Palahniuk fans
Tell-All is a short mystery revolving around "not-a-housekeeper", Hazie Coogan, who is single-handedly responsible for the everlasting fame and beauty of silver-screen siren, Katherine Kenton, and there is a possible plot to murder the actress involving a screenplay that foretells her death. There are brand names and celebrities pouring out of the book's ears. Or there would be, if it had ears. My copy did not.

Well... I liked it, anyway.
But I can see how people wouldn't. Tell-All is extremely ex
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Anita
May 05, 2016 Anita rated it did not like it
Shelves: novel, spanish, 0508
It seems to me as if Chuck Palahniuk had every novel or text ever written by him liquified on a blender, then poured into a tall glass cup: a non-sugary, not-even-sour, nothing-flavored story: Tell-All.

This is a really lousy book. It has a hollow plot, it has poor/close-to-none character development, it's a nightmare. What was I thinking, seriously.
Anita Dalton
May 09, 2012 Anita Dalton rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, books-we-own
I have never been more grateful to see the end of a Palahniuk book. I also cannot believe I have nothing more to say about this book, but there you go. Just... Yeah. Go read Invisible Monsters and remember why we love Chuck.
Robb
May 24, 2010 Robb rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Note: NO SPOILERS

I was slightly wary of reading Palahniuk's latest. The premise centered around an aging starlet and the troubles she endured seemed slightly cliche and too simple for one of Palahniuk's protagonists. However, within the first 20 pages of this book I was engrossed in the life of Miss Kathie (a character I immediately drew similarities to another violet-eyed starlet) and realized that that sordid life of a Hollywood actress is definitely Palanhiuk material. This is by no means a l
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Airiz C
3.5 stars (I wish Goodreads allows half-star ratings.)
I would like to think of Chuck Palahniuk as a demented cook. He takes pleasure in extracting the glitz and grit of ordinary human lives and mixing them with the most vulgar, most risqué ingredients he could come up with. He is obsessed with the presentation of his work—sometimes he would mold it into a ‘coma’ diary form, sometimes into an interview form, sometimes into that frenzied Engrish A-Clock-Work-Orangesque form. He would set this on a
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Neil
Mar 15, 2010 Neil rated it it was ok
Palahniuk doesn't do well by himself here. This is a repetitive, slight shadow of his better work. He still has firepower with the language, but it's wasted here on a predictable, skeletal story about a woman who has quietly molded the old Hollywood star she works for into an icon.

As star Miss Kathie Kenton ages, an opportunistic young actor comes into her life to try to take advantage of her. Hazie, Kenton's do-everything assistant, must battle to try to battle him off while rebuilding Kenton'
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Peter Coleman
Beneath the thin gold leaf of a lifetime’s achievement,

A cheap tin form stands, bearing its gilded skin.

Careful not to let tarnish come to its shine

Or to polish through to the dullness within;

The image of the statuette must be guarded.



For what will Kenton’s life be remembered?

Who she was, or what she did,

Or who she was presented to be?

Perched on the pedestal our expectations,

Collecting dust, the legacy.



Who will tell her story,

And whom will we see?

Gold or Tin?

Kenton’s legacy.



Katharine Kenton is i
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Kasa Cotugno
Apr 21, 2010 Kasa Cotugno rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
Hollywood is a cheap target for satire, and it has been done to death far better than this on numerous occasions. Palahnluk picks usual topics to skewer in his own way, but it is unclear why he chose this one and why he chose the method that he did. Told by a "Thelma Ritter like caretaker," Tell-All relates the story of Kathy Kenton, a film icon looking for a comeback and for true love. Kenton is an amalgamation of recognizable stars of Hollywood's earlier years, but anachronistic pairings of na ...more
Oscar Torrado
Oct 04, 2014 Oscar Torrado rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: decepcionantes
Lo que hace fascinante una novela de Palahniuk es que todos sus personajes pueden coexistir en un mismo universo, ya que prácticamente todos tienen una desviación psicológica o traumas que los hacen parte de una misma comunidad, pero "Al desnudo" no tiene ni personajes maravillosos, ni esos problemas psicológicos que hacen maravillosos sus personajes.

El planteamiento inicial es muy bueno, la película está narrada a modo de una grabación de una película, dividida en tres actos, en los que hay muc
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Olethros
Nov 02, 2014 Olethros rated it liked it
-Dando nuevas presentaciones a platos más que conocidos y probados.-

Género. Novela.

Lo que nos cuenta. Katherine Kenton es una estrella cinematográfica de talla mundial que puede ver su cénit por el espejo retrovisor y cuya vida, igual que la de la mayor parte del Hollywood de los Años Dorados pero también la de políticos y otras figuras importantes de la época, vemos a través de los ojos de Hazie Coogan, empleada de Katherine durante la mayor parte de su vida y que hace las veces de madre, donce
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bethanne
May 07, 2010 bethanne rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone!
Recommended to bethanne by: me!
Shelves: read-in-2010
Chuck does it again! This book is fiction, but it sounds like something out of old Hollywood. Words alone cannot describe how AWESOME this book is. Don't listen to the naysayers when they say this book is weak, it is amazing and deserves to be read.
Niina
It's been a while since I last read Palahniuk's books, and I blame that on the fact I had some serious difficulty picking up the tune, tone and rhythm of Tell-All. I've come to understand this author isn't for everyone, and from this experience I think I finally get why that is. If I hadn't been able to adjust and mold my head into something more receptive, like a hole, I doubt I'd been able to enjoy reading this. But I did, and soon came to remember and re-discover why this author is one of my ...more
Cenhner Scott
Nov 21, 2014 Cenhner Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Menos Prozac y más Palahniuk" decía el perfil de un hipster que vi una vez hace un tiempo. Siempre me pareció que en páginas de contactos, poner que uno lee es un ancla en el mar de la soltería. Hablá de literatura en tu perfil de levante y #foreveralone.
Cuestión que menos Prozac y más Palahniuk es en realidad una frase bastante irónica, porque los personajes de este segundo libro de Mr. P que leo, al igual que los del anterior, necesitarían una buena dosis de Prozac. Y de litio. Y de cuánta me
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