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Snuff [Hardcover]

Chuck Palahniuk
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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20 May 2008

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?

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  • Hardcover: 197 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books; 1 edition (20 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385517882
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385517881
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,302,335 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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'... confirms Palahniuk once again as a compelling, daring and vital writer.' -- Herald, Doug Johnstone

'...if he set out to see if a novel could still shock, Palahniuk has succeeded' -- Esquire, Mark Lawson

`memorably revolting'
-- Evening Standard --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


`memorably revolting'
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Miss AL Holloway TOP 500 REVIEWER
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There are many mixed reviews of this book here, it is certainly not for everyone, I for one really enjoyed it. I have to confess, Chuck Palahniuk is one of my favourite authors, so there was every chance I would like it.

The story is certainly an interesting one, with a popular adult film actress Cassie Wright wanting to end her career on a high by breaking a very notorious world record. On hand to help her out are several volunteers, including the narrators of this book, numbers 72, 137 and 600, three guys from different backgrounds who all want to take part for different reasons, and Ms Wright's faithful assistant Sheila.

So, the subject matter is not going to suit everyone. Now that is out of the way, what we have here is a book full of dark humour, some childish laughs but done well, some more dark and twisted, and some very unique writing. If this story in any way mirrors the real adult entertainment industry well forget any thoughts that this world being glamourous. The picture Palahniuk paints is one that is grimy, sleazy and stinking. And yet, despite this bleak picture and most of the characters being pretty unlikeable, I found the whole story gripping and was sorry to reach the end.

The general consensus among reviewers seems to be that this is not one of Palahniuk's best books. I'm not sure I agree, but so far I have enjoyed each one that I have read and it is hard to pick a favourite. If you prefer long weighty novels then my only criticism would be that this book is pretty short, but I think the story was as long as it needed to be, any more would have been unneccesary bloating.

In closing, if you are not offended by the subject matter dealt with here, and you enjoy dark humour, I think Snuff is well worth reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I honestly find myself at a loss for words having just completed Snuff.

From someone so brilliant to have written the likes of Survivor and Fight Club, comes.. well, this.

This book reads like a Wikipedia article collection, written by thirteen year old boys still searching for the perfect way to describe someone who masturbates. The incessant factoids about porn, Marilyn Monroe, condoms, the gay community, and cyanide could possibly the the most boring, ineffectual and downright idiotic thing I've read in my entire life.

The description is enticing, but this book downright fails to deliver. Chuck insists on creating as many stupid porn titles as he possibly can, sounding like a rehersal for a Saturday Night Live skit before airing, minus any of the humour. The first couple gain a small chuckle, the rest leave you shaking your head. If I had to read one more name for someone who masturbates, I would have thrown the book across the room - had the hardcover novella deceptively marketed as a full novel not cost an arm and a leg.

The plot is unremarkable in every way, the characters utterly unlikeable and unrelatable. Words are repeated, and I feel sorry for whoever edited this 'work' - they're likely out of a job, from all the akward sentences.

You could see the ending of this novel - minus a small 'twist' in the form of the reality in which the two characters will now have to live - coming from a mile away, though they drag it out through disjointed style that forces you to pick it all apart.

If I have anything positive at all to say about this work - the cover is intriguing. Brings back the Linda Lovelace train of thought.

Here's to hoping Palahniuk delivers something worth reading sooner than later.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars the darker side of life 22 Sep 2008
By T-bone
One thing I will say about Palahniuk is that he manages to write in such a way that you can smell the unwashed bodies, the urine smell from the toilet, the buffet table laden with crisps and sweets and the body odour of the 600 assembled men. Basically, he manages to write in such a way that you feel slightly grimy by the time you finish one of his books.
Don't get me wrong, this is definitely a skill, but I felt that the voices of the 4 characters (72, 137, 600 and sheila) were all a little too similar.
In some ways I was dissapointed in this book - the characters just seemd to be lacking something, and it seemed that the author set out to try and shock more than to tell a story.
On the other hand, I did sit and read the whle thing in one go - although that was not too hard as this is quite a short novel.
I do not think this book will win Palahniuk too many new fans, although I could see teens who ahve not encountered this kind of book before enjoying it, and I think longterm fans will enjoy the book. It is definitely very inkeeping with Palahniuks "style" of writing, but it is not my favourite of his books.
It is trickey, as on the one hand it is a very evocative work, but on the other hand, it was not as good as some of his other things.
As one person pointed out, the cover does feature a pair of breasts, but as with the rest of this book, there is nothing erotic about the image, or in the story itself - in fact if anything, this book is a pretty good antidote to feeling frisky.
If you are a fan I would give this book a try, if you want to buy a young adult something "edgy" it may be worth a go, but if you are new to this author I think you would be better starting off with Fight Club.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Was ok.
Not that great a read, but short enough to press on through with.

Can't even remember the ending, enough said.
Published 1 month ago by Rickster999
5.0 out of 5 stars For a passionate reader
This was a gift for a passionate reader. He had supplied the book list and Amazon was the site with the best bargain and right price.
Published 3 months ago by Caz
4.0 out of 5 stars Snuff Fiction II
If you are looking for an easy read, you are in the wrong place picking up a Chuck Palahniuk novel. You are in such the wrong place, that you may as well be in a different... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sam Tyler
2.0 out of 5 stars Seems Very Tacky Print Out
I do not need to be rude but amongst other books it looks cheap fake books. I was wondering is this why it was so and I might had missed an information about that. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Alp Kamsiz
4.0 out of 5 stars Yet Again Crazy!!!!
I think I'm in love with Chuck Palahniuk's imagination. Just when you think the story is becoming a bit predictable he takes you down a different path. I should have known better. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Saqa Jupitus
4.0 out of 5 stars In your face (irony intended!) and hilarous
What can I say? A book that almost defies comment..... Funny definitely. Graphic, in some ways. Honest, brutal at times, shocking. Read more
Published 12 months ago by K. J. Noyes
4.0 out of 5 stars Snuff
Not a bad story. I read it, in two afternoons, it's the type of story that draws you in.
Published on 22 Oct 2010 by Leslie A. Heaps
4.0 out of 5 stars His worst is still quite good.
I am a huge fan of Palahniuk's books and I've read most of them twice, so I can tell you this is probably his worst novel.

That's it. Read more
Published on 10 Feb 2010 by Rubén C
3.0 out of 5 stars Snuff
I read this just beacuse it was a Palahniuk release but didnt really enjoy it. I found it really slow and nothing like his earlier books which i would recommend as hes a great... Read more
Published on 30 Dec 2009 by Gemma
2.0 out of 5 stars On this occasion - judge a book by its cover.
It's not quite as bad as some reviewers have made out but this is way off the mark you'd expect from the author of Choke and Fight Club. Read more
Published on 28 Nov 2009 by Marc Munier
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