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Invisible Monsters [Paperback]

Chuck Palahniuk
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Book Description

2 Nov 2000

She's a catwalk model who has everything: a boyfriend, a career, a loyal best friend. But when a sudden motor 'accident' leaves her disfigured and incapable of speech, she goes from being the beautiful centre of attention to being an invisible monster, so hideous that no one will acknowledge she exists.

Enter Brandy Alexander, Queen Supreme, one operation away from being a real woman, who will teach her that reinventing yourself means erasing your past and making up something better, and that salvation hides in the last place you'll ever want to look.

The narrator must exact revenge upon Evie, her best friend and fellow model; kidnap Manus, her two-timing ex-boyfriend; and hit the road with Brandy in search of a brand-new past, present and future.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (2 Nov 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099285444
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099285441
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chuck Palahniuk's nine novels are the bestselling Snuff, Rant, Haunted, Lullaby and Fight Club, which was made into a film by director David Fincher, Diary, Survivor, Invisible Monsters, and Choke, which was made into a film by director Clark Gregg. He is also the author of the non-fiction profile of Portland Fugitives and Refugees and the non-fiction collection Stranger Than Fiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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"This is a wild ride of a novel" (Booklist)

"Palahniuk is one of the freshest, most intriguing voices to appear in a long time. He rearranges Vonnegut's sly humour, DeLillo's mordant social analysis and Pynchon's antic surrealism into a gleaming puzzle palace all his own" (New York Newsday)

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'Maybe our generation has found its Don DeLillo' Bret Easton Ellis

By the author of Fight Club


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hard but satisfying read 16 Feb 2002
Format:Paperback
When I picked this book up, I thought that it would be good. Chuck's work is usualy better than the median, but I was suprised by just how good it was. Without giving away any of the plot details, this book focus' upon the modern day obsessions with beauty and fashion, its origins and consequences, it is the picture of a person trapped by these obsessions and desperate to escape. The book takes you on a merry go round ride switching between past and present constantly keeping you guessing as to what will happen next as the protagonist attempts to make sense of her life. Mid way through I thought I had this story by the tail, but found that I was very wrong.
A strong book from a strong author.
Be warned Invisible Monsters is not for the faint haearted.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chuck's done it again 7 Nov 2011
By Law
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I read my first Palahniuk book at the beginning of the year and have read several others since. Admittedly I set the bar quite high starting with Fight Club, but have found something to love in every book of his since. Invisible Monsters is another dive-bomb into interesting characters and storylines, combining to make an interesting and fun read. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this book as starting point for new Palahniuk readers, although it is a great example of his style and characterisation. Well worth a read if you want a bit of an eye-opener.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wacked out and fun 28 Jan 2009
Format:Paperback
If you're new to Chuck Palahniuk's work, might I suggest that you read some of the reviews and even do some online research before diving right into his work, the reason being that he is unlike any other author. The phrase "pulls no punches" comes to mind. I read somewhere that this was actually Mr. Palahniuk's first novel, but that it had been rejected by publishers because it was too out there, too violent, and too weird. As a result he wrote FIGHT CLUB, which has since become a classic of the underground sort, and publishers flocked to pick up INVISIBLE MONSTERS. Now Mr. Palahniuk has several books under his belt, and this is by far one of the better ones.

The story of a fashion model gone wrong, the author uses fashion lingo and punches up the story with brilliant writing techniques that really give you at once a feeling of the vapidity of the industry, the falseness, and also the underlying problems, both emotional and physical. This is not a hard book to read, but, like most books, it took me a chapter or two to get into the flow and style. Once there I had no problem folliwing what was coming, though there are surprises galore in this tawdry and fantantasic tale. Everyone in the book is a mess, but the author somehow gets us to like and follow them through this labyrinth of weirdness.

The book has an almost hallucinatory feel, reminding me of THE ELECTRIC KOOLAID TEST, or even some of Burrough's works---NAKED LUNCH comes to mind, though INVISIBLE MONSTERS makes more sense and is more fun. I would recommend this book to those who have a warped sense of humor and who are not easily offended, along with Sedaris's works (ME TALK PRETTY) and those of Christopher Moore.

My only hesitation with recommending this book is that there is one scene, one description of a sexual act that I hope is not frequently performed, and this was the only part that really turned me off. Other than that, it was a wild ride of a time.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning read 10 May 2006
Format:Paperback
After having had this book reccomended to me, i decided to give it a read.

Like many of Palaniuk's books, the story starts from the end. This only makes the read more gripping as you already know the ending sequence. He builds up beleiveable characters that you can empathize with in sometimes wacky situations.

The book can be a little difficult to understand in some parts as the tense changes many times in the book. It jumps to different situations and then back again repeatedly. This becomes easier to get to grips with through the book.

The finale of the book is worth waiting for. The story unfolds and an unexpected twist is revealed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fight Club for girls 27 Feb 2004
Format:Paperback
I've read pretty much everything by Chuck, and the fact that a lot of people regard this as his weakest book surprises me. Although I'd have to rate Choke as his finest work, this comes a close second. It's not as radical as some of the other works, but the cut-up style keeps the story's rhythm going, and it has a much higher twist-per-page ratio than most of others. Actually, it has a much higher twist per page count than practically any other book. The themes are a lot more girly than the other books - fashion, bitchiness and wanting to be beautiful etc. It's basically a potboiler remixed into Chuck's unique style.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The only word i can think of is "original". 10 April 2002
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Format:Paperback
I have sat for ages here trying to begin describing this book, and the only word that comes to mind is "original".

I discovered Palahnuik's novels after seeing the film of Fight Club, loving it and then looking up the book. I really liked that too so i bought this. Invisible Monsters seems at first the feminine equivalent of Fight Club- a study of the frustrations of being a woman in modern America; this is a gross oversimplification but its not a bad place to start.
If you liked Fight Club then get this. If you haven't read/seen Fight Club then still try it anyway, but only if you can cope with reading something dark and challenging. Monsters first comes across as just another psycho-roadtrip story, but veers and twists into places you can't imagine. Funnier than Fight Club and lighter (though only just!), but perhaps even more challenging.
Try it, and even if you find it disturbing, stick to the end. Invisible Monsters is one of those rare things: an original story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Through a Glass Darkley
A very absorbing but disturbing book. A look at the world of the beautiful people through a dark glass. I will be reading more written by this Author
Published 7 days ago by jane boss
5.0 out of 5 stars What the hell?
One of my favourite books of all time. I'm at a loss for words. Disturbing, twisted, funny at times. Just a very Palahniuk book.
Published 25 days ago by Rachel
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
Like many of Palaniuk's books, 'Invisible Monsters' starts from the end. This only makes the read more exciting as you already know the end. Read more
Published 3 months ago by E. Orr
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought as gift
Bought this as a gift for my son, who is a fan. As I haven't read it myself, I don't feel I can make any other comment!
Published 6 months ago by Mary Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Crazy Monsters!
Very crazy story with lots of unexpected events. Nothing appears to be what it actually is. I enjoyed the unexpected.
Published 11 months ago by Saqa Jupitus
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
Cleverly written so, as the story jumps from place to place, you piece it all together. Keeps you guessing until the very end.
Published 14 months ago by E. Webster
4.0 out of 5 stars Twists and Turns throughout
Not my favourite Palahniuk but worth a read. The story constantly caught me off guard which I loved. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Samantha Mc
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best
Exhilarating and fast-moving. Some of his best writing on display, some laugh out loud moments and the usual twists and turns of emotions he creates so well. Read more
Published 18 months ago by David Burt
4.0 out of 5 stars Chucking Good Read
I've owned Fight Club for many years and have yet to read it, as one of my favourite films i think subconsciously i've been afraid that the book may spoil the film...i know! Read more
Published 18 months ago by Opinionated 1
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I've ever read?
My favourite Palahniuk, with all his style and flair. Possibly my favorite novel of all time. Certainly up there with the best American literature. Read more
Published on 29 Jan 2012 by Mr. M. Bryant
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