Monstres invisibles

ISBN: 2070760308
ISBN 13: 9782070760305
By: Chuck Palahniuk

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I'm just going to warn anyone who wants to read this that you have to be very open minded to alternative sexual orientations and lifestyles. Also, you can't have an issue with cussing and mentions of mutilation (intentional or otherwise) are quite frequent. In other words, you would have to be pretty crazy to read this. I pride myself on that. I first heard about the book through the Panic! at the Disco song Time To Dance. Having heard how disturbing the song was, I pretty much thought I knew what to expect. It was still a roller coaster of a book. That being said, it was hilarious. I mean, in that tragic way you can't help but laugh at. The way it jumped around like a magazine meant you didn't even notice a plot twist until two chapters later when a new detail from an old story was revealed. Even when you think you have it all figured out, Shannon jumps to a time and it throws everything you thought you knew out the window. Overall, brilliantly written. I haven't read something so heart wrenching and confusing that I still really wanted to read, and I applaud you Mr.Palahniuk for doing that 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 !


Check the shelf I put this on. Now you're ready: This book is insane. There's something on practically every page that makes you say, "What the *%$#!?" You'll keep reading anyway, though, and you'll love it. The book's like a really hard-core Swedish massage. It hurts SOOOOO good. The story is essentially about beauty: who values it, what it means, how it can be good, and how it can be a horror. Not only do the characters suffer FOR beauty, they suffer BECAUSE of beauty, and that's a powerful comment on current American society. Palahniuk shows off masterful writing all the way through, allowing the reader to both like and dislike, agree and disagree with all of the characters. He lays pathos out before his readers and expects us to have the capacity and intelligence to simultaneously exalt and suffer, and that's powerful stuff. If you don't have a firm grip on your sanity, a good sense of humor, and an expansive sense of the ridiculousness that is humanity, don't bother with this book.


This book was just so odd. It's my first Palahniuk novel so maybe I have to read a couple more to get a sense of this author's style and... humor.All I know is that the beginning was a huge train wreck of an introduction. I felt like I was reading one long run-on sentence of incessant rambling with no direction whatsoever. I had no idea what I was getting into or what was happening.Jump to expanding my vocabulary to include the word 'felching'.Jump to too many incidents involving prescription drugs and miraculously nobody dying of an overdose. Then, it all started coming together in a strange, beautiful way. You get a feel for the characters. You realize the book is really about the lives of these confused, self-destructive, unlikeable characters as opposed to an actual storyline or plot.The further along you read, the better it gets because the author hits you in the beginning with all this rambling, chaos, jumping from scene to scene until he somehow ties it all up beautifully in the end.


It made me want to blow my own jaw off...but in a good way.

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 :-)

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.


My reaction to Invisible Monsters was much the same as my great Aunt Kack’s to Northern Exposure back in the 80’s. She couldn’t believe what “they” were putting on TV, and I can’t believe what “they” are putting in print. And yet, just as my great Aunt Kack could be found in front of the boob tube every Monday night, for the past week or so, I could be found sprawled on my sofa reading Invisible Monsters. When Shannon McFarland’s jawbone is shot off in a drive-by shooting, she winds up in a hospital for an extended stay. On her first venture outside a little boy calls her a monster. Enter Brand Alexander, who takes Shannon under her wing, shows her how to be exotic and mysterious, and to focus on the future instead of the past. They, plus Shannon’s ex-fiancé Seth, set off to find Brandy’s long lost sister. As each of their intertwined stories unfolds they slowly reveal themselves to be utterly reprehensible. But then, none of the characters in the book, right down to the nun who nurses Shannon back to health, has a single redeeming quality between them.This is a train wreck of a novel, with an ending that defies description and leave this librarian speechless.


"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"]>

Svetla Angelova

Брилянтно описание на безполовия, бъдещ апокалипсис на нашия свят. Преливането от женски в мъжки образи и обратно, т. е. в невидими изчадия го може само Чък. Дано пророкът е сбъркал ..., остава ни само надеждата, че няма да сме живи да видим.


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.


"it's an old woman who owns this house, i figure. ignored and aging and drugged out old women, older and more invisible to the world every minute, they must not wear a lot of make-up. not go out to fun hot spots. not boogie to a party froth. my breath smells hot and sour inside my veils, inside the damp layers of silk and mesh and cotton georgette i lift for the first time all day; and in the mirrors, i look at the pink reflection of what's left of my face. mirror mirror on the wall, who's the fairest one of all? the evil queen was stupid to play snow white's game. there's an age where a woman has to move on to another kind of power. money, for example. or a gun." "'anything you can do is boring and old and perfectly okay. you're safe because you're so trapped inside your culture. anything you can conceive of is fine because you can conceive of it. you can't imagine any way to escape. there's no way you can get out,' brandy says. brandy says, 'and if you can find any way out of our culture, then that's a trap too. just wanting to get out of the trap reinforces the trap.' brandy says, 'the best way is not to fight it, just go. don't be trying all the time to fix things. what you run from only stays with you longer. when you fight something, you only make it stronger. she says, 'don't do what you want.' she says, "do what you dont' want. do what you're trained not to want.' it's the opposite of following your bliss. brandy tells me, 'do the things that scare you the most'"this is not my favorite or the most entertaining palahniuk book to read, but it is the one that i think has the best story. the character has the most meaningful journey. she actually resolves things. she comes to a conclusion. yes all palahniuk books are largely the same. his characters rage against the machine in more or less clever and shocking ways, and they demonize the normal and expected thing to do. what most people don't realize though is that palahniuk's books are all actually about the difference between what we think will make us happy and what will actually make us happy. in his books he explores that concept through compulsion, disaster, impossible desires, and self-imposed suffering. since that cognitive gap between intended happiness and actual happiness is something that's hugely important to how i think about my life, i am one of those people who like palahniuk more than i "should." this book explores the concept of happiness versus expected happiness more overtly than any of his other books. the characters in this book are incredibly selfcentered(something that i also really like about haunted). while the main character in fight club wants to destroy the infrastructure of society, the main character in invisible monsters wants to break free of her own expectations of herself. becoming disfigured and losing her modeling career provides a backdrop for the main character to examine her concept of identity. the other characters she goes on the road with allow her and the reader to examine gender identity and sexual identity. all the characters in the book have vague and shifting moral identities, which interact with their other identities in interesting ways. this gives the reader a chance to notice what expectations they have of each character and how those were wrong or correct, at the same time examining the accuracy of the characters' own expectations of themselves. the first half of this book always bores me a bit, but i think the payoff is worth the setup. for me, there's more catharsis in this book than any of his others.


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.


** spoiler alert ** Didn't knock my f---ing socks off like I was expecting. Maybe because I read it in 2 days and didn't have time to let the crazy soak in. I would still recommend it. Still very clever and nihilistic. It's interesting that Fight Club got tagged as the quintessentially "masculine" nihilism novel, and this one pretends at first to be the "feminine" counterpart. I'd recommend it. But I still recommend Survivor how the most self-destructive thing a woman can do is shoot herself in the face and the most self destructive thing a man can do is trade in his penis for a vagina. Hm.

Danny Robinson

i really actually wanted to give this book a 4 and 1/2 stars just cause it was the book i read while away and alone for 1 and 1/2 years at a boarding school in the middle of nowhere, witrh nowhere to go, etc.... basically i was a bad kid and got shipped off to a middle of nowhere hell pit for a year and a half.i found this book on the ground in the "confiscated" mentors area and tucked it under my shirt to leave with it only to find myself not in hellish reality but living with the crazy, weird, i dunno how to describe characteurs of this book! even if only for a little while, but t his was my first book i ever read to get out of my own mind and sad reality and pretend that everything is gonna be all right. so i read it every month to keep my head sane for the most part while i was at boarding school! omgosh and it when i got of boarding school and realized he had a ton other books, i was just as happy!

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