"Damned" by Chuck Palahniuk is a novel with a lot to say about human beings and life in general. It is a highly subversive and thought provoking story. But getting past all that complex literary analysis, was it a good read?
Yeah, this is a fun book, it's a nice easy read, so if you're the kind of person who isn't into slow-burning methodical novels, this is recommendable. The aspect which has to be stressed the most is the laugh out loud humour. It's an intelligent humour, the reason I found it so funny was because of its relationship with common aspects of everyday life. The Hell aspect is executed brilliantly. Palahniuk has one hell of an imagination. Suffice to say that as you read the novel you will explore the Sea of Insects, the Dandruff Desert, and not to mention, the Field of Toenail Clippings (you may want to check me on the names of these). There's plenty of popcorn balls too!
The characters are developed well. Again, we can relate them to real life. We can ascribe them to the different social groups in our varying culture.
The only thing to nitpick is the ending. A new aspect is introduced. I won't give it away, but interesting as it is, it isn't explored as fully as I feel it should have been. It seems to come from nowhere and then disappears and isn't given a great deal of mention afterwards. Also, I wouldn't recommend the novel if you don't like to suspend disbelief. If you overlook the positive factors you might find yourself describing the novel as: Insane. Also, I feel as though it's a little too short. I would have liked to have seen a confrontation between Madison and Satan. But then again, Palahniuk suggests to us that the story is to continue. I'd certainly be interested in a sequel if that's the case.
Just my two cents. Check it out.