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Palahniuk's grotesque romp aims to skewer the ruthless superficiality of the fashion world and winds up with a tale as savagely glib as what it derides. Narrator Shannon McFarland, once a gorgeous fashion model, has been hideously disfigured in a mysterious drive-by shooting. Her jaw has been shot off, leaving her not only bereft of a career and boyfriend, but suddenly invisible to the world. Along comes no-nonsense, pill-popping diva Brandy Alexander, a resplendent, sassy, transgendered chick, who has modeled her body rearrangement--the breast implants, the hair, the figure--on what Shannon used to look like. Brandy suggests veils, high camp and no self-pity. Shannon wants revenge[...] Adding to the plot's contrivances are the relentless flashbacks, heralded at the beginning of almost every paragraph with "Jump back to..." and the author's pretentious device of using a fashion photographer's commands ("Flash. Give me adoration. Flash. Give me a break") to signpost the narrator's epiphanies. Palahniuk writes like he's overdosed on Details magazine. Though the absurd surprise ending may incite groans of disbelief, this book does have fun moments when campy banter tops the heroine's flat, whiny bathos. (Sept.) FYI: The film of Palahniuk's novel Fight Club will star Brad Pitt.
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ISBN-10:  0393319296
ISBN-13:  978-0393319293
Author:  Chuck Palahniuk
Genre:  General Fiction, Horror
Publisher:  W. W. Norton & Company (September 1999)
Date Published:  (September 1999)
Format:  Paperback: 278 pages, Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
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review by . July 08, 2010
Invisible Monsters, like all of Palahniuk's works, is an emotional shock-coaster, full of "huh?"s and "wtf?"s. It's a tragic story of how superficial beauty makes you accustomed to a life of decadence, thus leading to a completely boring existence. The story takes you through the character's ways of spicing things up a bit.      The character development is a bit shaky. Some characters you feel you know inside and out, and others that are of equal …
review by . July 10, 2010
to all chuck fans, i salute you! my favorite author of all time, and a satyrical genius actually. he makes my brain hurt when trying to figure out the story inside the story.      a story about models. best friends, yet enemies. her long lost brother, and a transvestite. among others. this unfortunate young model gets her face blown off in an "accident". having half a face, she must wear something over her face at all times. she meets a transvestite named brandi, who …
Quick Tip by . July 10, 2010
A lesser known work by the author responsible for "Fight Club", and one in which far more twists and turns abound, in my opinion leading to a far more pleasing sense of disorientation than reliance on predominantly one, larger twist, (though I will say the narration is not as consistently stylish as other works).
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
deffinately a 5/5. my favorite book of all time. palahniuk always has knows exactly what i like i guess. a lot of crazy things happen, but always as if none of it is a big deal. i like his books a lot, i read and own everyone up to snuff. did anyone else know this is the story behind the song "time to dance"? listen to the lyrics and youll see what i mean=)
Quick Tip by . June 12, 2010
I love Chuck Palahniuk. I've read and reread Invisible Monsters and I catch something new every time.
review by . November 15, 2008
Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk
Despite the tragedy of the storyline and the callousness of the lead characters, I promise you are going to get several belly laughs from this twisted piece of literature.     In a zany prose reminiscent of Candace Bushnell's 'Sex In The City' and the surrealism of Bret Easton Ellis's works, Palahniuk has written a twisted and sick tale of disfigurement, love, hate, and fashion here in Invisible Monsters.     Shannon McFarland's career as a picture perfect …
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