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Snuff

A book by Chuck Palahniuk

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Sick, Twisted, Obscene, and Hilarious...One of Palahniuk's Best!

  • Jan 28, 2009
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Cassie Wright, an aging porn star, is filming her finale in the industry with a whopping idea for her closure: to have sex with 600 different men in one movie.  Cassie has been in the industry for years, made thousands of movies (the names of which, coming from Palahniuk's brilliant imagination, will leaving you laughing to tears), and with her once fashion-model good looks gone, she intends to go out with a bang.  She's on the set, and downstairs in a roomy basement await 600 men ready to becoming noticed or re-noticed by participating in Cassie's spectacular event.

 

The story is told through the eyes of four people.  Sheila, the talent wrangler responsible for organizing the men into groups of three to attend Ms. Wright's performance; Mr. 600 who we discover is long time porn actor Branch Bacardi, an old pro with a deep history with Cassie; Mr. 72, a besotted young man named Darin bearing an armload of wilting roses and claiming to be Cassie's long lost love-child; and Mr. 137, an out-of-work TV actor who used to play detective Dan Banyon in a prime-time series until his previous gay porn work was uncovered.  The men wait in the basement, covered in bronzing cream, snacking from a buffet that includes condoms, talking with each other and wondering if there's any truth to the rumor that Cassie could die from a vaginal embolism before the day is over.

 

Chuck Palahniuk has written an exceptionally humorous novel with 'Snuff'.  The chatter is filled with little known Hollywood gossip tidbits, leaving me to wonder how much is true or not.  The clashing of personalities was exceptionally well-written, the thoughts of the characters interestingly tragic and comedic.  There's enough deviant sex-talk involved that if that particular subject offends you, you probably won't see the humor and enjoy the book as much as I did.  I read it in one sitting, unable to put it down until the twists and surprises at the ending.

 

'Snuff' is a highly enjoyable piece of "toilet humor" written by one of today's literary legends.  I definitely think this is one of Palahniuk's best written novels, and the unique storyline keeps you reading well past bedtime.  It's witty, funny, appalling, sarcastic, and amusing.  I can't recommend this book highly enough.  10 Stars.  Enjoy!  
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Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
This is the book where I started getting really tired of Chuck Palahniuk... he seems to just go through the motions of what he's done before, without adding anything new or interesting...
Quick Tip by . June 26, 2010
You need to take a shower after reading his books. You feel dark and dirty after hanging out with his train-wreck characters
Quick Tip by . June 25, 2010
I didn't know what a snuff film was before I read this. Get ready for lots of penis descriptions and lots of doin' it. A little creepy....
Quick Tip by . June 18, 2010
If the prospect of making a record-breaking porno paired with an amoral cast of characters is your cup of tea, Snuff was made for you.
review by . October 12, 2008
Pros: It is short.     Cons: All but about 4 of the 197 pages.     The Bottom Line: The latest book churned out by a formerly grand writer.  Either he's no ability to determine quality anymore or he just doesn't care.  Barely for fans, not for anyone else.     I have read every book Chuck Palahniuk has written so far. Apart from about half the essays in Stranger than Fiction none have been worth reading since Choke (2001).    …
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From the master of literary mayhem and provocation, a full-frontal Triple X novel that goes where no American work of fiction has gone before

Cassie Wright, porn priestess, intends to cap her legendary career by breaking the world record for serial fornication. On camera. With six hundred men. Snuff unfolds from the perspectives of Mr. 72, Mr. 137, and Mr. 600, who await their turn on camera in a very crowded green room. This wild, lethally funny, and thoroughly researched novel brings the huge yet underacknowledged presence of pornography in contemporary life into the realm of literary fiction at last. Who else but Chuck Palahniuk would dare do such a thing? Who else could do it so well, so unflinchingly, and with such an incendiary (you might say) climax?



About the Author

Chuck Palahniuk's eight previous novels are the bestselling Rant, Haunted, Lullaby, Diary, Choke—which was made into a 2008 film by director Clark Gregg, starring Sam Rockwell and Anjelica Huston—Survivor, Invisible Monsters, and Fight Club, which was made into a film by director David Fincher. He is also the author of the nonfiction profile of Portland, Oregon, Fugitives and Refugees, published as part of the Crown Journeys series, and the nonfiction collection Stranger Than Fiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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ISBN-10: 0385517882
ISBN-13: 978-0385517881
Author: Chuck Palahniuk
Publisher: Tantor Media Inc
Date Published: May 01, 2008
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