So, Damned wasn't the return to form I was hoping for...but it was definitely better than the last three or four Palahniuk novels.
Basically, Damned iSo, Damned wasn't the return to form I was hoping for...but it was definitely better than the last three or four Palahniuk novels.
Basically, Damned is the story of a sardonic girl that goes to hell and her adventures there with each of the archetypes from The Breakfast Club. Think MTV's Daria in Hell.
Damned was a quick, easy and fun read, but I miss the days that Palahniuk's books were a little more based in a some-what reality and more relatable.
update: I just read an interview with Palahniuk and I guess this is the first book of a planned trilogy. I'm not sure if I like that idea because I don't really feel the story is strong enough to support three books....more
Miss Lonelyhearts was packaged with the copy of The Day of the Locust that I purchased, so I felt obliged to read it as well. And with a 65 page lengtMiss Lonelyhearts was packaged with the copy of The Day of the Locust that I purchased, so I felt obliged to read it as well. And with a 65 page length, it was easily read in a couple of sittings.
It is the story of a man who answers the Miss Lonelyheart letters at a New York paper during the depression. Initially, he is self-absorbed and sees the job as a joke. But as he reads and answers more letters, he develops a need to "save" the desperate letter writers.
The theme of salvation and religion are so heavy handed and obvious, the final scene is very predictable. The book itself is almost it's own Cliff Notes with many passages specifically spelling out for the reader what is going on. In one scene a character actually tells another "I have a Christ complex".
I'm surprised by so many four and five star ratings. The book obviously appeals to many, but really didn't do much for me. ...more
The Day of the Locust is one of those books that keeps popping up on "Best Book" lists and so it was always one that I was interested in reading. DuriThe Day of the Locust is one of those books that keeps popping up on "Best Book" lists and so it was always one that I was interested in reading. During a recent re-read of my favorite graphic novel Y: The Last Man, Yorick, the main character stated that it was the best book ever written, so that clinched it - I had to read it.
It is the story of a set builder in Hollywood set in the late 1930's. It can definitely be described as Hollywood Gothic. It has a set of eccentric, desperate characters trying to make sense of life in a town that nothing is real.
Tod Hackett has come from Yale to Hollywood and is working on sets of movies (which he sees as beneath him). Throughout the book, he continues to plan his next painting "The Burning of Los Angeles".
As Tod (and the reader) meets desperate character after desperate character...those in which Tod refers to "those who have come to California to die....the painting become more complete in Tod's head as he plots how they'll appear his painting.
The symbolism and themes were definitely lacking subtlety. There are passages after passages about the falseness of Hollywood – people dressed as things they are not, build made to represent buildings of other times, fake cowboys that have nothing better to do than stand around pretending to be cowboys. But despite the obviousness of the book, I kept with it and was glad I did. As I was reading, I was really considering a 1 star rating, but the last quarter or so bumped the rating up. ...more
I remember reading about this short story before Haunted came out. As the story goes, over the course of Chuck Palahniuk's book tour, a handful of audI remember reading about this short story before Haunted came out. As the story goes, over the course of Chuck Palahniuk's book tour, a handful of audience passed out upon hearing this read out loud.
If you have never read this story or know the surprise ending, I really recommend locating an MP3 on line. There's something about "hearing" this story that adds so much to it. I remember when I reached THAT point of the story, I didn't know if I was going to laugh my head off or throw up. Thank goodness for the pause button....more