Monstres invisibles

ISBN: 2070760308
ISBN 13: 9782070760305
By: Chuck Palahniuk

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I'm too old for this stuff. Shocking doesn't do it for me alone, and he works SO VERY HARD at being vulgar and violent and crass. Don't get me wrong; those are three things that can make for a great story. But it was so unrelenting and contrived, and not as funny as it was supposed to be. There were some clever turns of phrase, and it wasn't entirely unenjoyable, but I was not really impressed.

Idea Smith

And I finally meet a Chuck Palahniuk book that I don't like. Fight Club set the bar, Snuff exceeded it and now Invisible Monsters brings me crashing down again.The stream-of-consciousness that worked well as a writing technique in Fight Club goes all over the place in this book and gives you a bad headache as you struggle to figure what's being said, who's saying it and if the whole thing is just imagination or nostalgia. Also, the extreme language and ideas that gave us adrenalin rushes in his other books just feels forced and stretched here.I gave up on the book midway and only persisted because this is a writer I'm collecting and want to have read all major books of. The plot drags on in a self-absorbed delirium for the better part of the book and then suddenly ends in a half-assed, too much to be plausible way. It's as if Palahniuk just scribbled a whole lot of random nonsense while under the influence, then woke up with a terrible hangover and a deadline, finished off in whatever he could cull together in the last hour and set it off to be printed.Don't waste your time on Invisible Monsters unless, like me, you have a perverse book deathwish. I guess anybody who enjoys Palahniuk beyond a couple of pages would.


Probably my favorite book from Chuck Palahniuk. The story has a couple of surprising twists, all of which literally made my jaw drop on the first read-through. The only negative thing I can say about this is that second and third read-throughs can never be as good as the first read-through.


Quite possibly the most fucked up piece of literature I’ve ever read, this novel is a brilliantly executed train wreck from beginning to end.

Buffy B

I have a theory about Chuck Palahniuk books.If somebody is starting to read Chuck Palahniuk for the first time...the first book they read of his will always be their favorite. I have found that to be the case with many people. I really enjoyed Invisible Monsters and it was the first Chuck Palahniuk book I read. It was such a new approach to writing that I had never seen before, and I found myself really engrossed and moved by the now-usual Palahniuk twisty ending. It was such a shocking book to me that I loved every page of it. Of course, since, I have read Chuck Palahniuk books that I could consider to be better, but the initial shock of this book on me has kept it the one I've liked the most. A lot of people I have talked to really don't like this book of Palahniuk's, but I think that is probably because they didn't read it first.

Bob Milne

This just did not work for me. Maybe I'm not hip enough or cool enough to appreciate it, but it really got on my nerves. The narrator grated on me, the writing style just annoyed me, I was already sick of the moral/social commentary after the first chapter, and I was bored - not even frustrated, just bored - trying to follow the so-called plot. As for the much-touted sex and violence, it felt like he was trying way too hard to shock, simply for the sake of being offensive. Reading this reminded me of listening to a kid who snuck a peak at his dad's porn stash, picked up a few curse words from his older brother, and then tried sharing it all in the most inappropriate places, naively thinking that it's so very clever and amusing.There was nothing exciting or intriguing about it this. Usually, I'll skim ahead a bit, or at least check out the last chapter before condemning a book to the DNF shelf, but I just didn't care.


"Sometimes your best way to deal with shit is to not hold yourself as such a precious little prize."Read twice! Not exaggerating but this is the best Chuck Palahniuk book. Better than Fight Club. The writing, characters, plot, philosophy, just wow. I keep on rereading passages. I keep on smelling the leaves. I keep on hugging and kissing it. I keep on smiling just by looking at it. I will definitely read this again. Probably the Invisible Monsters Remix for the additional gimmick of chapter-jumping and hidden chapters - additional fun!First read:There's something funny and scary that happened when I was reading Invisible Monsters: (view spoiler)[My mind kept on imagining same guy's face to be both Seth and Manus even though they are different characters. And it turns out that later on in the book, they are one and the same. My instinct knew it. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>


I only read the first 93 pages of this book. I frankly couldn't bring myself to read a page more, nor could I imagine being less sympathetic to a book's characters. Drug-addled, thieving, immoral, moronic transsexuals/transvestites and a physically handicapped and disfigured former model.Perhaps Palahniuk was having a laugh? The story meanders between shallow observations and hints at twisted events in each character's life. While there is something to be learned from everyone's experiences, this story had nothing for me to hold onto. I remember thinking, as three main characters were on a long car trip, that a car crash would put the characters, and the reader, out of their misery.Flash - this book's characters are shallow, stupid, violent, immmoral, selfish and twistedFlash - being put into the lives of thee people feels like punishmentFlash - Life is too short to read this book


This review was written in the late nineties (for my eyes only), and it was buried in amongst my things until recently when I uncovered the journal in which it was written. I have transcribed it verbatim from all those years ago (although square brackets may indicate some additional information for the sake of readability or some sort of commentary from now). This is one of my lost reviews.The ultimate novel about redefining oneself, Invisible Monsters isn't only an energetic orgy of hormonal drugs and self-inflicted violence, it is another of Palahniuk's accurate dissections of disaffected American Gen-Xers at the turn of the century/millenium. Twists and surprises abound. There is not one, two, or even three twists, there are at least five or more. Who is who? Who did what? Who did what to whom? How does it all fit? Invisible Monsters defies predictability, and I couldn't answer these questions until Palahniuk answered them for me.My favourite part of the book, aside from Shannon, was the stream of A.D.D. consciousness. Jump to Evie and Shannon modelling. Jump to Shannon, Brandy, and Manus at the top of the Space Needle. Jump to. Jump to. Jump to. Finally, an author is working with the essence of our increasingly addled brains, mating his writing to our time of low (no?) attention span. I imagine Fight Club must be this good, since the movie is brilliant, but are all of his books this good? If so, I may have found a new favourite. [Sadly, all I found was a new author to be disappointed in ... many times over. I fear going back to reread this book. I am betting it can't possibly hold up to my first experience.]


****DO NOT LOOK THIS UP IN WIKIPEDIA IT GIVES AWAY EVERYTHING I REPEAT DO NOT LOOK IT UP! In fact, don't even read the synopsis, I would just dive right in knowing nothing.****THE START:So far it is pretty good. It says right from the start that you are going to read this book feeling like you are missing things and it's very true. I am having a hard time holding on to any solid plot but am captivated from what I can grasp. It's the same author that wrote Fight Club and it kind of has that same feel where certian things happen and you're like, "wait what just happned, what did I miss?" when in reality you didn't miss anything, nothing has been revealed yet they are just going on in the plot as if you know it already. Only about 1/4 into it...more to follow! (This is a FABULOUS idea ps!) UPDATE:So I am now 3/4 of the way through and it is all(finally!) starting to come together. I feel like I am going to have to re-read it now that I am starting grasp the plot and characters(yes, it really is that confusing!)It's a trip. I have to say I am relieved that it IS starting to make sense. When explaning how ramdom it was to people I used the movie Mulholland Drive to give an example.The thing is, that movie never ended up making any sense(at least to me)so while read I was concerned it was just going to be this artsy "deep" book left up for interpretation that I wasn't cool enough (or drugged up enough)to understand. Don't get me wrong still a very weird book but highly entertaining. I recommend that you read it carefully and try to remember details even if you don't understand it at the time. Almost done! FINALE:WOW! I did NOT see that coming! If you are reading this and are going to now read the book I say again, pay attention! I am going to re-read the book now that I know where all the pieces go! I felt like I was watching a movie with a big black bar going through the middle and now it has been lifted and I want to watch it again. It was good, different, but good! I would have given it 4.5 stars if that was available. Well done! ****I also just read that they are turning this book into a movie to release late this year sweet!

Salam Ch

the 4 stars are for the author Chuck Palahniuk!!! a brilliant author that makes u keep reading regardless the sickness and twists of his mutated caracters , like u know that smoking is not good for ur health but u just keep enjoy it!!! not mentioning his writing style that keeps u jumping!! I sooo loved it :-)

Bri Ana

This was recommended to me as the novel where I would finally *get* Palahniuk. Eminently more readable than "Choke", it still barely skims the surface of identity and falls victim to the author's grinding need to over-establish his particular voice (again, see also: Mark Leyner).Finish-able, but not convincing enough to learn how to correctly spell the author's last name.

Meg ♥

The main character in this book is nameless, and disfigured. She was once a beautiful model, and now feels invisible. She hides under a veil after being called a monster. When she lost her face she saw the true colors of everyone in her life. Her fiance leaves, and her best friend constantly steals her clothes while she's in the hospital. In speech therapy our main character meets Brandy Alexander, and the story unfolds.This is probably my least favorite book so far by Palahniuk, but it was still enjoyable. I wish I hadn't read the synopsis of this book, and just went into it knowing nothing at all. Another problem is my expectations. When I heard this was Palahniuk's first book he ever tried to have published, and it got rejected as "too disturbing" I thought this was just what I was looking for at the moment. Well, I came to the conclusion that either other people get disturbed and/or offended too easily, or I am truly becoming incapable of being shocked. So either way this is not the book's fault...Some of the "twists" in this book I saw coming within the first few pages. I will admit that there were a few that got me, but most were predictable. Again, had I not read the synopsis maybe I would have had a completely different opinion, but I have no way or knowing that for sure. So that's what I didn't like, but here is what I did like. Invisible Monsters is a book that's not about the plot. It's really about the characters. None of them are likeable, but that makes them fun to read about. Like me, you will probably wind up not caring about any of them, but they will make you laugh with their outrageous plans and crazy antics. I really could not stand the main character's parents, though. Oh jeez, these parents were like...cliches of idiotic parents that embarrass their children...times 10 thousand. Just wow. Very interesting character study, anyway.I enjoyed how the story was told with lots of scene jumping, magazine style, using the word FLASH like flash photography. I also thought Chuck did a decent job writing a woman's perspective, and he honestly captured the way some extremely superficial women think. There are definitely some inspired parts, and it's very fast paced. The story never got boring for me.


About halfway through this book, I was talking to my roommate, and I said, Gosh it's not nearly as fun reading this book the second time around, because I remember all the twists and everything, so it's way less exciting getting to them.Omigod I was wrong.Sure, I remembered who shot Shannon, which is maybe the biggest twist, and sure, I remembered who Brandy was, but really, that's revealed almost immediately and barely counts as a twist.Because actually? This book is all freaking twists. There is even a point when our heroine(?) says, "Give me anything in this whole fucking world that is exactly what it looks like!"And that's the thing... whatever you think about Palahniuk, the man can construct a freaking story. Sharp, clever, funny, perfectly planned, brilliantly executed, and stuffed full of weird facts that you so didn't want to learn about. I am utterly impressed all over again. On to Lullaby !


As usual upon completion of any of Mr. Palahniuk's work I find his writings to be profoundly unique. Normally these are either dark, edgy, disturbing, twisted, abnormal, etc.; but you can always count on his work leaving you with the "WTF" quandary. This did not disappoint. A rather quick read if you really want it to be, but to filter the mental imaging and ingest the intricate wordage as intended, one may find themselves needing a moment to reflect or just scratch their head; again stating "WTF" while maniacally screaming with a twinge of sickening laughter. The cover alone is a self-imaging of the context within; smartly done. I'm glad I ventured to read this, though of late I had found Mr. Palahniuk's works a bit too challenging (or is that lacking) for my own endeavors. This was not, and only emphasizes the endless talent of this author. To parlay the ins and outs of the proclivity of beauty (or is it vanity) from the feminist point of view is in almost direct correlation with the masculine concept so delved into with his work in Fight Club, yet another (for me) challenging or lacking read albeit more direct in contexture. Recommend for true Chuck Palahniuk fans. If not one, challenge yourself for he is one of the more skillful writers out there in this mad, mad, mad, mad world.

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