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Tell-All by Chuck Palahniuk
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Feb 20, 2012

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Parts of this book made me laugh out loud, which is a rare thing for me.
I stayed up late reading the book.
Chuck Palahniuk appears to be a man of bold, deep curiosity. I saw the movie "Fight Club," based on a novel of his, and now I've read this. In both he seems to give the viewer or reader plenty of warning that things are not as they appear. In both works, they are not. In neither one did he lull me into thinking that things were as they appeared, which weakens the surprise of the endings.
He tells some Hollywood secret rumors here that I'd never heard before. Some of the observations on oral sex in this book are hilarious. A scene about vomiting grossed me out.
The movie "Julia" came out around the time I graduated from high school. It was based on an incident in the life of Lillian Hellman. Hellman appeared, around that time, to be grandiose, egomaniacal, and mendacious. Palahniuk's send-ups of her are some of the best parts of this book.
In short, good for a laugh, but, somehow, an underachiever of a novel.

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