Invisible Monsters: A Novel / Edition 1

Invisible Monsters: A Novel / Edition 1

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by Chuck Palahniuk
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0393319296

ISBN-13: 9780393319293

Pub. Date: 09/17/1999

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

Love, betrayal, petty larceny, and high fashion fuel this deliciously comic novel from the author of Fight Club.
She's a fashion model who has everything: a boyfriend, a career, a loyal best friend. But when a sudden freeway "accident" leaves her disfigured and incapable of speech, she goes from being the beautiful center of attention to being an invisible

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Love, betrayal, petty larceny, and high fashion fuel this deliciously comic novel from the author of Fight Club.
She's a fashion model who has everything: a boyfriend, a career, a loyal best friend. But when a sudden freeway "accident" leaves her disfigured and incapable of speech, she goes from being the beautiful center of attention to being an invisible monster, so hideous that no one will acknowledge that she exists. Enter Brandy Alexander, Queen Supreme, one operation away from becoming a real woman, who will teach her that reinventing yourself means erasing your past and making up something better. And that salvation hides in the last places you'll ever want to look.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393319293
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/17/1999
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
64,412
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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Invisible Monsters: A Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 412 reviews.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Chuck Palahniuk is the hugely popular author of modern, edgy books like Fight Club (also a movie with Brad Pitt--go ahead, act surprised) and Choke. For this reason I did not expect to like Invisible Monsters, originally published in 1999. The story is told by a nameless narrator: a young woman who used to be beautiful. After a series of bizarre, haunting events involving a freeway, birds and a few other things those days are gone forever. Her face disfigured, her voice gone, the narrator is invisible. And a monster in the eyes of most. Desperate for someone to save her, the narrator meets Brandy Alexander at just the right time. Brandy embodies the life that the narrator used to have--except for an important operation that Brandy still needs to have. Riding off with Brandy, the narrator starts fresh. Life is a story. If you don't like the story you have, make up a new one. As the lives Brandy offers up as truth continue to change and the lies threaten to fall apart, it becomes clear that no matter where you run eventually you have to face the facts and really decide what story you want to tell. That's the story. But it's really not even half the story. Stylistically, this novel has a lot going on. It's written in the first person, present tense setting up a tone that is both conspiratorial and conversational. Despite that, the narrator remains aloof, unreliable. Talking to the reader like an old friend, the narrator reveals the smallest details of her past while leaving key plot points to herself until the right moment. There are few male novelists who can write as convincingly in the voice of a woman as Palahniuk. The narration is amazingly authentic even when the story becomes more and more over-the-top. Palahniuk also brings a high level of complexity to the narrative, writing the story in a non-linear format. The novel opens with the final scene as the narrator tries to explain how she got to that point. Along the way flashbacks are interwoven with "the present" and other points in the time line of character's lives. This is the kind of book that requires a lot of attention. Like the modeling world that the narrator comes from, nothing in this novel is exactly what it seems. Characters lie, information given as fact turns out to be false. Palahniuk manages all of these elements impressively well, making it all work despite the bizarreness and absurdity inherent to certain parts of the plot. More than anything, though, this book is really a character study. Palahniuk creates a lot of unique characters whose lives intertwine unexpectedly. As might be expected from the plot description given above, many ofthe relationships between characters in Invisible Monsters are dysfunctional. But it is the dysfunction that allows Palahniuk to look at how people interact and what it really means to love someone. So, while it is utterly strange, this novel definitely puts the "fun" in dysfunctional.
eeh More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite novel written by one of the most extreme and talented contemporary writers I have encountered thus far. There are so many twists in the story, yet they are so tightly woven that the absurdity flows so smoothly, and ends with a satisfying conclusion. Psychologically trippy, and full of complex characters, I definitely recommend this novel to anyone with an open mind looking for a fun and thought provoking read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am writing a college essay about this book, for sure. There are very few other books I would even consider doing that for.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The most insane yet beautiful book ive ever read. In other words...IT WAS FRICKIN AWESOME.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel is deceivingly disturbing, (at times) mildly disgusting, and ultimately BRUTAL. But is also surprisingly touching, empathetic, and breathtaking. The first quarter/half of the book may be a challenge for some, but I highly encourage readers to push through. The novel's non linear structure is at first confusing but eventually becomes the story's greatest component. Once you read the book in its entirety you will be completely blown away. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down! Every page was a surprise and i was never bored.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AWESOME!!!! This is a fast pace & mind blowing book - written so well you can visualize everything - lots of twists & turns & then blam it goes to another other level. This is the first Chuck Palahniuk book I have read & will shortly be reading ALL his others!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im making my way through all C.P's books. Not once have I been disappointed. This one however was better than others. Drama, murder, drugs and drag (well, sorta). Jaw dropping and hilarious!
Fiona_Cathleen More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a ride! My first Palahnuik novel. Won't be my last.
a.del More than 1 year ago
This is by far my favorite from Palahniuk!!! The characters are both raw and comical. I have lost count on how many times I've reread this one.
words-like-knives More than 1 year ago
Read it!!!
smonk_you More than 1 year ago
THis book rocks because every 15 pages CP pulls that fight club deal where you have to rethink everything you just read
Anonymous 22 days ago
Perfectly written, I loved everything about this book.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I had no idea it's a completely different face when you turn it upside down. Am I the only one who didn't know this?
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I couldn't put this book down. I wanted to know what happened next and the great thing is that it wasn't predictable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hilarious, with some surprising yet poignant moments thrown in. Palahniuk has a way with words.
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Just as all of his books are: Amazing
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