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Snuff Hardcover – 7 Aug 2008

3.1 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape (7 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224082469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224082464
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.5 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 649,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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`memorably revolting'

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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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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 country. This author is so hard hitting, you feel like being punched by Tyson may prove a rest bite. `Snuff' is another strong novel by Palahniuk, not only in terms of quality, but content and adult naughtiness. It revolves around an adult entertainer trying to beat the world record for sleeping with the most men in one sitting. The story is told from the point of view of three of the men in the queue, plus a female assistant whose job is to keep them in order.

In many ways `Snuff' is more of a series of short stories than a novella; you learn about each of the characters individually and how they came to be at the shoot. Their backgrounds are very telling and classic Palahniuk. Some of the stories are extremely brutal and hark back to the author's excellent `Haunted'. The story of the movie itself is an excuse for Palahniuk to voice his opinions on the seedier side of modern life. He combines his usual pop culture references with the types of observations that only he and Douglas Coupland seem to possess.

`Snuff' should not be the first Palahniuk novel that you pick up; it his most extreme to date, even more so than `Choke' or `Survivor'. There is so much bad language in the book that you could paint the whole town blue, and still have enough to give the local villages a coat. It makes for uncomfortable reading; not only in terms of imagery, but also the fact that people will see you reading it. The book may also have benefitted slightly from a more traditional narrative in places; it remains an excellent read, but more short stories than novel.
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What can I say? A book that almost defies comment..... Funny definitely. Graphic, in some ways. Honest, brutal at times, shocking. Can I say I really enjoyed it without sounding perverted?! I did. Though this is NOT for everyone.
Had to read the ending a couple of times to make sure I read it correctly. Very dark, and funny.
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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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