Monstruos Invisibles/ Invisible Monsters

ISBN: 8497594827
ISBN 13: 9788497594820
By: Chuck Palahniuk

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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.

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.

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.

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.


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.


In Invisible Monsters, Chuck Palahniuk (the master of shock-value fiction) weaves a story that is both quasi-ridiculous and hugely enjoyable. Shannon, the former supermodel who has had half her face blown off, is the perfect narrator, describing the absurdest events as if they happened every day. Palahniuk gives the reader just enough information along the way to make you read as quickly as you can, begging for more and hoping the story will never end. On more than one occasion, I said "Oh my God!" out loud as I read a shocking paragraph.As always, Palahniuk's novel puts a new spin on our notions of beauty, family, and prescription medication. If you're only going to read one Palahniuk novel (although I don't know why you would deny yourself like that), this is the one to read.

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.

Guy Portman

Shannon McFarland is a catwalk model, who is the centre of attention wherever she goes. That is until she ‘accidentally’ blasts her jaw shot off with a gun whilst driving down the highway. Shannon is left horribly disfigured and incapable of coherent speech. While in the hospital she meets the Queen Supreme, Brandy Alexander, in a speech therapy class. Our protagonist must create a new identity - past, present and future, assisted by her new friend Brandy, who is just one operation away from realising her dream of becoming a woman.The pair, along with friend Seth Thomas, set out to get revenge on Shannon’s treacherous former best friend and fellow model Evie, and two timing former boyfriend Manus. We follow their outrageous antics on a cross-country trip that concludes with the revelation that not all is what it appears to be.Presented anarchically, with non-conformist formatting and a non-linear chronological order, Invisible Monsters is concerned less with plot and more with the callous, self-absorbed and damaged characters that populate it, all of who desire to be people other than themselves. The book’s premise, the superficial vanity of the beauty industry, is used both to explore the unattractive side of human nature and, in customary Palahniuk fashion, to satirise society. The book’s non-linear presentation and convoluted style requires considerable concentration, and in the absence of a meaningful plot, this reader suffered occasional lapses.


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


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

Theresa Flores

The very first Chuck Palahniuk book I've ever read. After finishing the book, I already became a fan of Chuck Palahniuk. I was really impressed by his writing. The book was just so refreshing and new, very odd, and very bold and blunt. The book had some confusing and disturbing parts at times, but Chuck Palahniuk was actually able to make those parts of the book appealing for me. Many times, I could not put the book down and stop reading. The ending, for me, was actually really shocking. And disturbing, but in a good way. The whole book is simply insane and dysfunctional, but it somehow really works.A really great book to read, if you're looking for something unique.


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.]


"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.

Christy Stewart

This is Palahniuk's best book, hands down. Any book in which a character is involuntarily getting hormone treatments for a sex change is going to be your best book.If Mark Twain had done that in Letters From The Earth we would have gotten to read that in school instead of that shitty Huckleberry Finn.


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

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